Ask and earn at WP Questions

February 9, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WP Questions

Do you have an important WordPress question that you’re willing to pay money for it? Or are you so confident with your WordPress knowledge that you deserve to earn from it? Try WP Questions.

It’s not official, but looks like an interesting premise. It fills in the gap between answering common problems and hiring for full-blown WordPress projects. Need a template tweak here or a bug fix there? If it’s a very specific task or problem, and you’re running out of time, this should do the trick.

Questions close automatically after 3 days and the asker has to pick the winning answer. The asker is also in charge of setting the price for the question. Listing fee is 9%; payments go through PayPal. Read more about the rules here.

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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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bbPress 1.0

July 6, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Version 1.0 (codename “Bechet”) of WordPress sister forum software bbPress has finally been released. The biggest achievement in this milestone is associating itself more closely with the WordPress family through familiar WP features we all know and love:

  • Single sign-on from WordPress 2.7/2.8 to bbPress is now supported
  • Forum posts can now receive pingbacks and trackbacks
  • Themes now support the functions.php file
  • The administration panel has been redesigned to look more like the familiar WP dashboard

If you’ve been holding back on using bbPress, there’s no better time to try it than now!

Download bbPress 1.0

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WPSeek, a WordPress search engine & reference

May 26, 2009 | No Comments Yet - A WordPress-centric search engine

What started out as a Firefox add-on is now a full-blown standalone search engine for all things WordPress. WPSeek returns content from WordPress Codex documentation, useful code snippets, Google search results, Support Forum discussions, and your own notes. All in one place. Thrown in some AJAXy autosuggest goodness and you’re all set!

Depending on your web browser of choice, you can add the website as a custom search engine. There’s also an API, a Firefox Ubiquity plugin, and finally an Adobe AIR desktop client in the works.

Theme and plugin authors will definitely find WPSeek immensely useful. And if you’re just learning the ropes of WordPress, it’s definitely worth a visit.

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Latest Version of bbPress Integrates with WordPress 2.5

April 3, 2008 | 1 Comment

Aside from WordPress, the creators of Automattic have several other software products you might be interested in. I mentioned social network platform BuddyPress a few days ago; now let’s talk about bbPress.

bbPress is forum software (like phpBB, SMF, et cetera). It’s still relatively younger and less popular than its blogging counterpart, WordPress, so it’s a good idea to finally develop compatibility between the two. Blogging may be a community in itself, but some people just can’t help hanging out in the forums, and would seem like a great feature for blog-based websites. And if I may be even bolder, the Internet was practically built on bulletin boards!

But I personally don’t like that forums tend to look completely different from their parent websites. It sort of alienates your visitors. An even more important issue is that if you require your users to register on the main site, chances are they have to register again in the forums. With bbPress, you can:

  • Use your WordPress user data in the forum
  • Customize the look and feel of the forum practically the same you would with WordPress themes
  • Pretty permalinks! (Need I say more?)
  • Spam protection from Akismet, pretty much the most effective spam fighting system out there

And knowing Automattic, the future of bbPress should be looking bright, so expect even more droolworthy features along the road.

Now my question is, since we’re not using bbPress here at the WordPress Philippines Forum, do you think we should make the switch? Since WordPress 2.5 is out, there’s not really an excuse left, right? What do you think?

Check out some of the newest features of bbPress, download the software, and read how you can integrate bbPress with WordPress.

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