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WordPress 3.5 Beta 3 Released

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November 14th, 2012
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WordPress 3.5 Beta 3 has been released. Since the second beta, this beta has added more than 300 changes, including a new Add Media dialog. The developers are forecasting the final WordPress 3.5 release to be in a few short weeks. This particular beta is still is not meant for live sites, but please do try it on a test installation, especially if you are a plugin or theme developer. If you run into any bugs, please check the known and fixed issues first, report them if they have not already been reported or fixed, and visit the support forums if you need any help.

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Plugin and Theme Reviews are Live on WordPress.org

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November 2nd, 2012
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The talented folks behind the main WordPress.org site have rolled out a new review system for plugins and themes. The new review system came from much discussion and an overall need to contextualize the star rating system. Now, if you wish to rate a plugin or a theme, you must also describe your rating decision in a brief review. The goal is that developers will hopefully be left with usable feedback to turn around 1-star ratings or feedback to carry over to their next project from the 5-star ratings, and potential users will be able to clearly see whether the reasons for a plugin or theme’s particular 1-star rating really has any impact on what they plan to use it for. You can take a look at some sample ratings now by visiting the Hotfix plugin and the Twenty Twelve theme. So, what you waiting for? Get out there and […]

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Updated WordPress Theme Tutorial Underway

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ThemeShaper is working on bringing their popular WordPress Theme Tutorial up to modern-day standards and techniques. The tutorial’s second edition, which features updated code samples from the _s starter theme, new lessons, and new tools to build your great WordPress theme, is available free of charge to anyone who has an interest to learn. So far, the tutorial has six out of seventeen lessons up, with new lessons being posted every day. There has never been a better time to learn how to build your own WordPress theme, so why not get started today?

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WordPress 3.5 Beta 2 Released

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October 13th, 2012
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WordPress 3.5 Beta 2 has been released. Since the first beta, this beta has added new interfaces for image galleries and front page settings, as well as a new image editing API. As before, this is not yet meant for live sites, but please do try it on a test installation, especially if you are a plugin or theme developer. If you run into any bugs, please check the known and fixed issues first, report them if they have not already been reported or fixed, and visit the support forums if you need any help.

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WordPress 3.5 Beta 1 and Twenty Twelve Released

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WordPress 3.5 Beta 1 has been released and can be easily upgraded to with the Beta Tester plugin. This is the first beta release, so it’s not recommended for live sites, but plugin and theme developers, and anyone with a keen eye for bugs, are encouraged to try it out now. This new release includes tons of changes to how images are handled, a new color picker, keyboard navigation, support for favorited plugins from the official directory, and much more. If you run into any bugs, please check the known and fixed issues first, report them if they have not already been reported or fixed, and visit the support forums if you need any help. Twenty Twelve, the new default theme for WordPress 3.5, has also been released separately and is available for anyone running WordPress 3.4.2 or higher.

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WordPress in Politics

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September 19th, 2012
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For better or worse, the U.S. political season is here, but thanks to WordPress.com VIP, we now know that WordPress is the most commonly used platform for this season’s campaign sites. In a field that was previously dominated by custom-built sites, WordPress is making a strong grab for the mantle of the go-to political web platform, and between WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla, open source software is powering almost all of this season’s campaign sites. For this season alone, WordPress is powering 35% of U.S. Congressional races, 40% of U.S. Senate races, 44% of Gubernatorial races, 41% of state political parties, and both of the 2012 major political party conventions.

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WordPress Community Summit Seeking Sponsors

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September 11th, 2012
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Planning for the 2012 WordPress Community Summit is underway, but they are in need of some sponsors who are eager to help the future of WordPress. If you’re a fan of WordPress and want to see what happens when the top WordPress volunteers sit in the same room for a day, sponsor the WordPress Community Summit! All sponsorships come with notoriety on the summit website and the opportunity to send an approved participant to the summit.

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WordPress 3.4.2 Released

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September 6th, 2012
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WordPress 3.4.2 has been released. Along with the security fixes, this release addresses almost 20 bugs, including better support for older browsers in the administration area and improved plugin compatibility with the visual editor. This is a security release, so it is recommended for all users. If you run into trouble with WordPress 3.4.2, stop by the master list of known issues and post to the support forums if your problem isn’t covered there.

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WordPress for iOS Redesigned

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August 14th, 2012
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As mentioned during the State of the Word, the WordPress for iOS app has received a major redesign with the release of version 3.1. Among several bug fixes, this new release includes an entirely redesigned look with sliding panels, a new sidebar navigation panel, post format support, improved stats, and quick photo and post preview support for the iPad. If you have an iOS device and haven’t tried the app yet, now’s the time to give it a shot, and feel free to lend a hand in its development. It is open source after all!

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