Go Freelance with WordPress

February 7, 2011 | No Comments Yet

WordPress isn’t just a thriving free, open source community, it’s also a very popular business, from premium themes and plugins to large-scale websites. Want a piece of the profitable WP pie? DesignM.ag demystifies one particular aspect of the business: how to freelance with WordPress.

The guide covers not only the techie WordPress jobs like design and development, but also other careers in copywriting, photography, and journalism:

Built right into WordPress are a host of image and gallery features. You can upload, resize, and crop your images. You can align them around text, add captions and links. You can have a page of thumbnails which link to a larger version of the shot. All of this is part of the core WordPress software.

That’s an interesting take on going pro with WordPress you don’t get to see often, so make sure to have a look. It doesn’t stop there, though. There are dozens of site types you can build with WP, and that means different types of freelancers that can take advantage of the publishing platform.

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Microsoft loves WordPress

May 12, 2010 | 2 Comments

WordPress on Microsoft at MIX Online

While the culture of WordPress and open source software are closely tied with the Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP stack, that doesn’t mean the publishing platform doesn’t accommodate other development stacks like Microsoft’s. And don’t forget that one of the most popular desktop blogging software is Windows Live Writer!

So MIX Online has opened a new website called WordPress on Microsoft, which aims to provide tips on running WP-powered sites with Windows Server, SQL Server, Windows Azure, and SQL Azure and useful tools like Incarnate.

Why are they doing this? The simple answer is love:

  • Love of technology
  • Love of web developers and web designers
  • Smart business

If you’re running WordPress on a Windows Server or wondering how you can, head over to WP on MS for advice straight from experts. The Getting Started page is a great jump-off point.

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WordPress 3.0 release dates pushed back

April 26, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Per the updated project schedule at the WordPress Development Updates blog, the last couple of release dates for WordPress 3.0, both the release candidates and final versions, have been pushed back by several weeks:

  • May 1: Begin RC
  • May 15: Launch WordPress 3.0

Since we have a beta version already out, the extended wait doesn’t seem so long now. That also means more time to get WordPress plugins and themes ready for the big update.

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WordPress in Google Summer of Code 2010

March 30, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordPress is once again participating in the annual Google Summer of Code, whose application period just opened. For the unfamiliar, GSoC gives initiatives for student developers to work on open source projects (such as WordPress) in preparation for their foray into real-world software development.

Here is this year’s list of ideas for WordPress:

  • BuddyPress
  • GlotPress
  • bbPress
  • Media
  • Widgets
  • Blog Import/Export
  • User Roles
  • Template Versioning
  • Comment Moderation
  • Move WordPress
  • Enhance Profiles.WordPress.org

The WP GSoC also gathers some of the biggest names in the community to act as mentors to the participants. IRC chats will be held on March 31, April 3, and April 7 to interact with them.

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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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The WordPress core team meetup

December 15, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Here’s an introductory video that tells the tale of the recently held WordPress core team meetup, which lasted for 3 days. Some of the biggest names in the WP community are featured: Andrew Ozz, Mark Jaquith, Jane Wells, Peter Westwood, Ryan Boren, Matt Mullenweg.

And here’s the list of topics they covered in the meetup:

Topics: Direction for the coming year(s), canonical plugins, social i18n for plugins, plugin salvage (like UDRP for abandoned plugins), WordPress/MU merge, default themes, CMS functionality (custom taxonomies, types, statuses, queries), cross-content taxonomy, media functions and UI, community “levels” based on activity, defining scope of releases, site menu management, communications within the community, lessons learned from past releases, mentorship programs, Trac issues, wordpress.org redesign, documentation, community code of conduct.

As you can see from above, there are tons of exciting things going on with the WordPress project right now, not just with developing new features for future versions, but also on improving the WordPress community as a whole. More than talk of new features, it’s even better to know that one of the strongest aspects that makes WordPress what it is today is not forgotten but brought to the forefront. Onward with the community, WP!

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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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Discuss the future of bbPress

October 29, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Want to keep up with or contribute to the future plans for bbPress? Matt Mullenweg started a thread about it:

A few people have reached out to me and I just wanted to let everyone know that bbPress is still an important project for the WP community. (It powers our forums and plugin directory, for one thing!) It’s not going away.

Strategically the most important thing we need to figure out is how to integrate bbPress better with WP more for people who want that — right now it’s easier to use one of the WP plugins for forums than bbPress.

As to where bbPress goes in the future, I’d be curious to hear who wants to help with that. The world is our oyster. :)

Right now bbPress isn’t enjoying the same popularity and feature set as the other forum software out there, but it has potential especially since it has close ties with WordPress. People working on WP-powered sites should look into bbPress and possibly even contribute to its development.

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WordPress Theme: Debug

October 27, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Debug WordPress Theme

The WordPress Debug Theme is not your run-of-the-mill theme. In fact, it’s not really a theme at all. It was made by Joost de Valk specifically for debugging your current WP installation by printing out important variable values, URLs, server settings, SQL queries, etc. Not only is it suitable for developers, it’s convenient for anybody running a WordPress site and wants to check up on it.

Download WordPress Debug Theme

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Using WordPress MU for universities

October 20, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Jim Groom, a contributor at the WPMU Development for Education group, has published an FAQ on running a large scale WordPress MU installation in a university setting. He lists what plugins were used, details on creating custom themes, and more nitty-gritty stuff like hardware configuration.

How many staff/partial FTEs are needed to support your instance?

As of right now, I do the majority of user support with the actuall system. But our division 5 and 1/2 FTEs, though I think most of the support has been relegated to me, and it has not burned all my time, but as UMW Blogs becomes bigger and bigger, and more “Systemic,” the time devoted to it becomes greater. But, in anticipation of the next question. WordPress has made any barriers to new users very easy because the interface is so slick and user-friendly. And the fact that it is open source, and has an insane community behind it makes our jobs as instructional technologists so much easier, cause we can integrate new features on the fly.

What do you see as the biggest barriers that new users have to overcome in using WP?

Well, I think that is WP’s strength, and why we used it, because it’s interface is so user-friendly we haven;t had to invest too much time at all in user training.

WordPress MU is a bit more tricky to maintain than standard version, though with its upcoming merge with WordPress.org should change things. Read the whole FAQ here.

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Long term support for old WordPress branches? Not likely

September 22, 2009 | No Comments Yet

From WPTavern’s report on the latest WordPress Dev Chat, one of the questions raised was the possibility of bringing back long-term support (LTS) for older versions of WordPress in light of the security issues that have been plaguing the software. The short answer? No way.

jeffr0 – Directed at Mark. Has their been any talk of a new supported legacy branch?

Considering the security stuff earlier this month, some folks have been suggesting that WordPress bring back a supported legacy branch of WordPress. I decided to ask if any talk of this has been ongoing in the inner dev circle and Mark replied that he wasn’t aware of any. In fact, Mark stated he would be extremely opposed to an LTS (Long Term Service) branch. Sivel doesn’t think it is something that they are ready to undertake.

MarkJaquith – I’d rather direct resources to making upgrades smoother and showcasing well-coded plugins that won’t break on upgrade.

westi – The only way a LTS branch is going to exist is if the person that wants it creates it. our resources are better directed elsewhere

Clearly the WordPress development team is focused on moving forward rather than stepping back. If you ask me, as long as they’re putting security and the push to keep people’s WordPress versions up-to-date as top priorities, it’s all good. People usually put plugin compatibility before blog security, and that’s really not a responsible thing to do. Having little to no support for outdated versions of WordPress is one of the ways to change this bad habit.

(Via BloggingPro)

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Tip: use WordPress MU for your client sites

September 1, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Are you a designer or developer building WordPress sites for your clients? Here’s a tip: use WordPress MU. Pro Blog Design has a step-by-step guide to tweaking a WordPress Multi-User installation to streamline your client site development process. Just add a handful of plugins (for privacy and blog defaults) and edit several backend files and you’re all set.

Brilliant idea. No need to create new databases, upload files, and install WordPress everytime you have a new client. One of the trickier aspects of WPMU has been addressed too:

Installing WPMU is a slightly different process than regular WP. Basically, don’t edit the config file. Let the installer run. For the purposes of this tutorial, pick a subdirectory installation to give you client blogs in the format of yourdevsite.com/client1/.This way, we won’t have to tinker with the server to enable wildcard subdomains.

Since these are just client demo sites, you won’t really need subdomains for each new blog. But if you really must use them, better make sure your web hosting requirements support it.

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Super-Awesome WordPress 24-Hour Has-Patch Marathon

April 14, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The WordPress developers are inviting everyone to help contribue to the lower-priority open tickets for WP 2.8 in a 24-hour marathon starting April 16 at 8am Pacific time.

To keep things moving, we’re announcing a new kind of event, related to bug hunts, but with a different slant. We need a sprint to clear out these tickets. Thursday is the day (and Friday for those over the date line). Core devs will spend 24 hours going through all the tickets tagged with has-patch, and committing those that have been tested and work. So how can you get in on the Super-Awesome WordPress 24-Hour Has-Patch Marathon?

Write a patch. There are dozens of tickets for discrete little pieces of correction (change … to actual ellipses in admin interface, change the ‘go back’ link to a ‘view page’ link, etc.), dozens that are browser-specific bugs, dozens that might be more challenging. Pick the one you want to work on, add a comment to the thread so other marathon contributors know someone is working on it, and get the patch submitted before the marathon ends. If you start coding now, your patch could be in by the weekend!

Test a patch. There are, as of right now, 177 tickets marked with has-patch. Patches can’t be committed until they’ve been thoroughly tested. If you’re already running the nightly build start testing out these patches in as many operating system/browser combinations as you have. Only have one? Hey, it’s probably more than has been tested already! If you’re not already running the nightly build, you can download it here to set up a test blog. Don’t forget to add what you found to the comment thread for each ticket. If it doesn’t work, be specific about what is not working so that others can jump in and fix it.

Check out all the tickets tagged as has-patch here. Great way to help out with the devs without committing too much of one’s time.

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The death of WordPress?

February 21, 2009 | No Comments Yet

How about bringing up the unspeakable for a change: Jeff Chandler at WordPress Tavern looks into the possibilities of WP’s demise. Here’s the shortlist:

  1. Third Party Support Disappears
  2. Change In License
  3. Just A Pile Of Bloat
  4. Someone Else Does It Better
  5. Security Blunders
  6. Leadership Heads South

A lot of the points in the article have been raised in different avenues before, but it will take a combination of several factors for WordPress to really decline. It’s the way the world works; change is constant, and we always move towards something that performs better.

However, I wouldn’t mind the day it becomes much less popular than it is, as long as the dedication of the developers and the community remains. And this is really one of the best features of WordPress today.

(Via WP FUN)

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WordPress Helper add-on for Firefox

October 22, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Power users of WordPress and Firefox will certainly love this one: the WordPress Helper add-on for Firefox gives you quick access to WordPress documentation and to the admin panels of website profiles you have entered.

The extension eases the fast and simple access to develop-relevant pages of the WordPress Codex. So you always have all the necessary help at your fingertips. It’s also possible to search after strings of text that is currently marked. Furthermore it’s possible to easily switch to WordPress backend of current site. More than that, a small Icon indicates wether the currently displayed website makes use of WordPress.

Sometimes you have to search all over the WordPress.org Codex and even 3rd-party sites to answer that WP-related question, so this extension makes it a more pleasant experience.

And even if you’re not much of a WordPress developer, this tool will make learning about the inner workings of WordPress more efficient and convenient. Sometimes all you need is a little nudge, like this one.

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Wireframes of the WordPress 2.7 dashboard

October 2, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.7 Wireframes

One of the biggest things the WordPress development team is working on for the 2.7 release is the admin dashboard. And they’ve released a PDF containing wireframes of that interface.

WordPress 2.7 is a work in progress. These wireframes attempt to document the current state of or plans for the application. In some cases, elements may change as development proceeds, either because of technical issues or to address usability issues. In addition, elements may change during the visual design stage. These wireframes are a guide for development that will be updated as necessary, and are not set in stone.

We’ve seen demos of Crazyhorse before, but the PDF file explains in more depth what to expect in terms of the layout and functionality of the administration interface.

Check it out now.

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More Frequent WordPress Development Updates

February 13, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The official WordPress Development blog is not updated as often as WordPress fans would like it to be, but thankfully the Automattic gang launched an up-to-the-second blog with the help of a unique little theme.

Visit the WordPress Development Updates blog.

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