WordPress Plugin: Vote for Plugins

May 18, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Vote for Plugins lets you help contribute to the WordPress.org plugin ratings without having to leave your admin panel.

The WordPress.org plugin directory has a neat rating system that lets users rate plugins both on overall quality and on compatibility with specific WP versions. However, its usefulness is stymied by poor integration with WordPress itself. To try to remedy that, I’ve created a plugin that lets you vote on plugins directly from your Dashboard.

Once installed you’ll be asked for your WP.org account details so your vote can be counted. Then at the plugins list, you can indicate whether a plugin you’re using works or is broken, and give it a rating from 0 to 5 stars.

Vote for Plugins is an easy candidate for canonical plugin or even a core feature, considering the useful information it can add to the community.

Download Vote for Plugins

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Matt’s State of the Word at WordCamp SF 2010

May 14, 2010 | No Comments Yet

If you missed the notes Matt’s keynote address at this year’s WordCamp San Francisco, here’s the full video finally posted at WordPress.tv and embedded above.

Look how far WordPress has come in the span of a year. We’re still awaiting the final release of WordPress 3.0 for the much-touted WordPress MU/Multi Site merge, but we’re also getting a bunch of other exciting, game-changing features such as custom post types, a new default WordPress theme every year, canonical plugins, security checks, and more.

Can’t wait to see what will be added to this keynote when WordCamp Philippines 2010 comes around in October.

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New features in WordPress 3.0

February 26, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WP Beginner digs into the new features coming in the big WordPress 3.0 release. Also recently, Jane Wells posted a report on the latest developments with the current cycle. Third, WP 3.0 is set to enter feature freeze mode on March 1.

What do these all mean? Now is the best time to get familiar with the new features. As we all know, we’ve got some big ones coming:

(Via WP Tavern)

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WordPress Multi User becomes WordPress Multi Site

January 8, 2010 | No Comments Yet

The road to the merger has begun. And the first step is a pretty major one: WordPress Multi User (WPMU) has now been renamed to WordPress Multi Site (WPMS). I mentioned in a previous post that the WPMU term “multi-user” in the context of a typical WordPress install could be confusing, so it’s great that they got this out of the way immediately. “Multi-site” is much better.

Another major change that’s been made: the old WPMU term “Site Admin” has also been renamed to “Super Admin”—again, to erase confusion between WordPress single-user and multi-site jargon.

These and other important topics were discussed in the January 7 WordPress Dev Chat on IRC, and WordPress Tavern has a fantastic report on it. Some tidbits:

  • There is no ETA on WordPress 3.0 yet
  • WordPress MU MS 2.9.1 is just around the corner
  • Work on The Merge has begun
  • Canonical plugins “need a community of developers like the core to survive”
  • Priorities for WordPress 3.0 include: The Merge, menus, custom post types, the new default theme, core plugin integration; Media “will not happen” in said version
  • WordPress.org will be redesigned starting “sometime in late February”

Exciting times for the future of WordPress, and it’s all happening this 2010!

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Will bbPress turn into a canonical WordPress plugin?

December 11, 2009 | No Comments Yet

BloggingPro reports that sister software for forums bbPress might become the first WordPress canonical plugin after the first IRC meetup for new direction.

Between the integrating of WPMU into the WordPress core and this development, it seems that the Automattic and the rest of the development team is pushing WordPress as the end-all, be-all publishing platform on the web. It will definitely be much easier to persuade site owners to choose bbPress as their forum software over third-party brands like vBulletin, or third-party plugins like SimplePress. And of course, it will also be exciting to see how bbPress can tap into the core features of WordPress.

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Rise of the WordPress “canonical” plugins

December 9, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Over at the WordPress Development blog, a poll is being held to see which term the community prefers to call “canonical” plugins, which are developed closely with the WordPress core.

Canonical plugins would be plugins that are community developed (multiple developers, not just one person) and address the most popular functionality requests with superlative execution. These plugins would be GPL and live in the WordPress.org repo, and would be developed in close connection with WordPress core. There would be a very strong relationship between core and these plugins that ensured that a) the plugin code would be secure and the best possible example of coding standards, and b) that new versions of WordPress would be tested against these plugins prior to release to ensure compatibility. There would be a screen within the Plugins section of the WordPress admin to feature these canonical plugins as a kind of Editor’s Choice or Verified guarantee. These plugins would be a true extension of core WordPress in terms of compatibility, security and support.

The issue is that the term “canonical” may be confusing for a lot of people, so the development team would like to know if there’s a better suited name for this class of plugins. Voting ends on December 10 at 11:59pm UTC time.

I’m more excited, though, about the actual existence of these plugins because they’re setting high standards for the WordPress project. More importantly, they address the issue of how many features should go into the WordPress core before it succumbs to bloat, if it hasn’t already.

I’d love to see examples of such plugins in the coming days. They could be things we’ve already installed on our WordPress sites, or cool new ideas we’d find useful all the same.

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