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Updated WordPress Theme Tutorial Complete

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If you have been desiring to build your own WordPress theme, now is certainly the time to do it, as ThemeShaper has completed their updated WordPress Theme Tutorial. Previously mentioned back in October, this completely free-of-charge tutorial featured new lessons launched every day, with new tool,s and modern up-to-date code examples from the _s starter theme. Now that the tutorial is complete, you can work at your own pace as you follow it through to your first great WordPress theme.

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WordPress 3.5 RC 1 Released

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November 22nd, 2012
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WordPress 3.5 RC 1 has been released. Since the third beta, this release candidate has received a bit more polish and is looking closer to a final product. The developers are forecasting the final WordPress 3.5 release will be in just two weeks. Though this particular RC is quite polished, it is still is not meant for live sites. However, please do try it on a test installation, especially if you are a plugin or theme developer who would rather not have a panic of bug reports on launch day if your product has any incompatibilities with WordPress 3.5. The Media tools have received a rather extensive overhaul, so you might want to try those out if you frequently rely on them. If you run into any bugs, please check the known and fixed issues first, report them if they have not already been reported, and visit the support forums if you […]

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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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Less Spam Since Jetpack Comments

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October 15th, 2012
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A week ago, we made a few minor changes here, most notably a switch to Jetpack Comments. Since then, spam has dropped dramatically. Prior to the change, we received an average of 10,000 spam comments a day. After Jetpack Comments, we have received a grand total of 429 spam comments for the entire week. So, that’s a drop from an average of 10,000 per day to an average of 61 per day, 9,939 less spam comments per day. Jetpack Comments makes use of javascript and iframes, which are both a bit too complicated for most spam bots, and that does line up with the almost complete lack of obvious bot-generated spam in our spam queue. Besides the comforting bot-breaking ability of Jetpack Comments, I have a feeling that our change from a basic form element comment form to the comment_form tag finally enabled our other anti-spam plugins to work properly. […]

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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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Slight Under-the-Hood Improvements plus Jetpack Comments

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October 5th, 2012
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You may not notice offhand, but we made some rather significant under-the-hood changes over the weekend. Despite often drooling like fan boys over the latest and greatest WordPress features, much of this theme has been hard-coded. For those of you who aren’t familiar with what “hard-coded” is, it means that the sidebar was just HTML in the theme’s sidebar template, not widgets, and the navigation menu was just HTML in the theme’s header template, not a custom menu. Why did we do this? Because it was easy, fast, and we didn’t need to change anything. Well, as WordPress continues to mature, more features are implemented as widgets. As we began desiring some of these, it became clear that the sidebar needed to be widgetized, and the existing modules (or non-widgets) needed to be switched over to widgets. Are you stuck with a theme that isn’t widgetized? If so, don’t worry, […]

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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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