‘Blogging News’ Category

WordPress 2.8.1 now available

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July 9th, 2009
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WordPress 2.8.1 is now available for download or upgrade according to the WordPress Development Blog. This release includes a bunch of bug fixes and security updates, including an important one that affects a few plugins (details here). The update highlights are listed on the dev blog post and all the changes since 2.8 are on the Trac. I don’t see the upgrade bar on this blog yet, but it should be soon. Since 2.8.1 is now released, I wish Dev4Press would redo their benchmarks.

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WordPress for BlackBerry Public Beta Available

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July 7th, 2009
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WordPress for BlackBerry Public Beta: Since I am a Berry addict, I cannot wait to get this on my Curve. As Raanan cautions on the Beta post, do not use this on a production blog if you are not prepared to deal with bugs. It is built by the MoPress folks and is an Open Source project. Source available at http://blackberry.svn.wordpress.org/ There is a video tour on the linked post for those interested in a quick overview. EDIT: Direct OTA download link via @weblogtooltips

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bbPress 1.0 Bechet Released

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July 3rd, 2009
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bbPress 1.0 final, finally released: For those of us that are also fans and users of bbPress, bbPress version 1.0 is finally released. Many improvements over the 0.9 versions include cookie integration with WordPress, various fixes, JQuery integration, a complete XML-RPC API, new admin interface, new icons, improved spam management and much more. Backup files and database and disable all plugins prior to upgrade but our test upgrade went amazingly well and everything continued to work post upgrade.

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Official WordPress Commercial Theme Directory is live

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The Official WordPress Commercial Theme Directory is now open. It is linked off the WordPress Extend and is part of the parent theme directory set of links. It is not as much a directory as it is a listing of sites that offer commercial GPL themes. It lists the philosophies, a few words about the business models and the need for the encouragement, a list of screenshots and links to the various theme sites and then a list of criterion for inclusion into this site. I like the succinct explanation of the purpose and the listing criterion seem simple and straightforward to follow. Send your information to themes at wordpress dot org to get included in the list. From the site, if you want to be included: Distribute 100% GPL themes, including artwork and CSS. Have professional support options, and optionally customization. Your site should be complete, well-designed, up to […]

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WordPress Configuration Tricks

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WordPress Configuration Tricks : If you have ever installed WordPress and wanted to know what else you could do with your wp-config.php file, this is the blog post to read. As Ozh points out in the comments, a couple of tricks were left out but nothing that could not be remedied with a simple Google search (e.g. WP_HTTP) as long as you know what you are looking for. Tips from that page that got me thinking (things that make you go hmmmmm?) include moving your wp-content directory, increasing your memory limit, changing the autosave interval, turning on debugging and finally the ability to specify a log file for errors. All of this through the wondrous wp-config.php file. The list is quite exhaustive. While you are there, make sure you subscribe to the blog. Chris and Jeff are putting out some good stuff!

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Benchmarking the WordPress Admin Panel

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June 29th, 2009
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Dev4Press has done some interesting work on benchmarking various aspects of WordPress and then testing out some popular questions on page loads etc. The methodologies are well documented and the benchmarking setup is standardized. They are testing three version of WordPress including 2.6.5, 2.7.1 and 2.8 (I wish they would have waited for 2.8.1 to be released). This first set of tests were performed on the WordPress admin interface and other benchmarks will follow. While the quantities are not as important, I think the trends are interesting. Though not independently confirmed, the growing girth of the admin interface is obvious. In contrast, my test WordPress 2.8.1 blog has shown marked improvements in load times and memory usage as compared to WordPress 2.8. It will be interesting to see how the load and memory usage trends of the WordPress admin interface change with future versions as the WordPress team turns their attention […]

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Live Stream and Chat from WordCamp Dallas

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June 27th, 2009
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Live Streaming video from WordCamp Dallas thanks to Cali Lewis of GeekBrief.tv. Thanks to WPTavern for the link. I was at WordCamp Dallas last year but could not make it to this one. I am jealous!

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FTC to go after blogger freebies and non disclosure

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June 22nd, 2009
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Blogging Essays, Blogging News, Web Ethics

The Federal Trade Commission is planning to crack down on bloggers who review or promote products while earning freebies or payments, the Associated Press reported Sunday. “New guidelines, expected to be approved late this summer with possible modifications, would clarify that the agency can go after bloggers–as well as the companies that compensate them–for any false claims or failure to disclose conflicts of interest,” the article explained. via Report: FTC to go after blogger freebies | Politics and Law – CNET News. While I am not a big fan of government scrutiny and general “big brother” mentality, I do believe that this will add to the believability and authenticity of the blogging medium. We at Weblog Tools Collection try very hard to keep commercial interests completely out of the content that we generate and only rely on what we consider to be ethical ads to make ends meet. We also follow […]

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iThemes is now GPL

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Cory Miller’s iThemes is now completely GPL compliant! This is great news indeed and they are the second premium theme vendor who fully support the GPL and align their business models with that of WordPress and its community. Cory is a friend of mine and in full disclosure, has been an advertiser on this blog in the past. We have had various discussions about this topic and I am very happy that they have made the switch. Everyone will be better off for it. This change means that all themes purchased from iThemes can be installed on multiple blogs without restriction but they will continue to be supported as before. iThemes will continue to sell their themes and packages and provide the support for their themes but their themes will now be licensed under the GPL. This will mean more freedom for developers working with iThemes products (and thus more […]

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