WordPress Plugin: Import from Ning

April 19, 2010 | No Comments Yet

With hosted social network service Ning announcing that it will no longer support free accounts, people are scurrying to find a suitable alternative, and WordPress / BuddyPress is one such example. Seems like a good opportunity to capture that market.

Should you decide to go that route, Import from Ning makes the transition that much easier.

Allows users to import the users of a Ning community into a WordPress installation. When BuddyPress is installed, the plugin also gives the option of importing additional profile data into BuddyPress profiles.

Download Import from Ning

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More on the Automattic Theme Team

April 16, 2010 | No Comments Yet

More details emerge about the newly-formed Automattic Theme Team, led by Ian Stewart. In his newest post at ThemeShaper, now the home of all things A-theme-team-related, he explains their goals for themselves and the WordPress community. Here’s one of six:

Every WordPress.com user should feel like there’s a theme that fits them perfectly, that is exactly how they want to present themselves to the world, that they’re excited to show to their friends.

The team would also like to encourage the best coding practices and reinforce the spirit of giving back to the whole community, helping WordPress theme authors (premium or 100% free) and WordPress theme users alike.

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Get WordPress for Android

February 3, 2010 | No Comments Yet

It was only a matter of time before WordPress released an official app for the Android platform, and now it’s here. WordPress for Android is based on wpToGo, and now version 1.0 is available in the Android Market. It works for both WordPress.org and WordPress.com blogs and lets you work with posts, pages, and comments on the go.

Features include the ability to:

  • Configure and manage multiple blogs
  • Comment moderation including the ability to reply to comments
  • Create and Edit Posts including categories, tags and photos
  • Create and Edit Pages
  • Get notified of new comments in the Android notification bar

More detailed development info on the Android app can be found here. Download WordPress for Android here.

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Transcript from Matt Mullenweg interview on GPL WordPress themes

December 23, 2008 | 4 Comments

Update (12/27/08): Part 3 is up.

Update (12/23/08): Part 2 is up.

The other week I wrote about Automattic pulling 200 themes from the WordPress theme directory. Since then we’ve been waiting for an official word from Matt Mullenweg and it couldn’t have come in a better form: a live interview on the WordPress Weekly Podcast, hosted by Jeff Chandler. For those who weren’t able to listen to it, here’s part 1 of the transcript courtesy of WP Snippets.

One of the big questions regarding the team’s decision is: “why do they have to approve themes based on the content and links on MY site?” It’s a pretty sound question because a website is a pretty big leap from a theme. Well Matt likens it to WordPress endorsing Expression Engine, a paid CMS solution, on their website:

First of all, you can do whatever you like on any website. There’s nothing built in WordPress that’s going to you. I am not even going to tell anyone or tell you that you should change things. But WordPress.org is sort of a community hub where we’ve tried to promote the open source stuff.

So, just like I wouldn’t want to, I don’t know, umm… let’s say a commercial CMS, Expression Engine. Ok… I wouldn’t have links advertising Expression Engine on WordPress.org. I wouldn’t have links advertising other things that are not on open source, even ones that actively violate our license.

Here’s another burning controversy: is Automattic doing this to keep the profitability of WordPress to itself?

JC: Ok, so here’s the next question: Why is it that so many people within the inner circle of the WordPress community believe you and Automattic don’t want anyone else profiting through or around WordPress? It seems to be this notion, primarily from those who make a living selling premium themes.

Matt: *laughs* Well, I have said it before that it’s hard to convince anyone that the way that they currently making money is wrong, *laughs* you know, if you are paying your bills with the way you’re making money, you’re going to find ways to rationalise and… sort of believe in that. There are, at every WordCamp, there will be 100 people there, and there may be 20-30 there making their living from WordPress right then.

And it’s all sorts of different things: sometimes it’s developing sites, like their agency is a site developer or designers; sometimes they’re provide training services – education; sometimes they’re just working for a company and being like the sort of full time WordPress guy.

But if I had to estimate, there are probably tens of thousands of people out there that make their living either with or on top of WordPress, and that’s not even counting bloggers. If you talk about a network like Digg or ??? or TechCrunch or something, also built entirely on top of WordPress.

So I’m totally for that. And you know what, honestly, the GPL is very commercially friendly. It was designed to allow commercial enterprises to thrive. You know some people say it doesn’t work, but you only have to look at one, the growth of WordPress, and two, the grown of the open source world in general for the past thirty years to say ‘Wow, this is actually a very, very powerful force.’

Bottom line here is, don’t make free, GPL-compliant WordPress themes and submit them to the directory if your only motive is to get people to buy proprietary WordPress themes. (Helpful hint: you can make money from WordPress in many other ways. If it’s specifically themes, take a look at Brian Gardner’s Revolution Two. He gives away high-quality themes for free but charges for support.)

Matt and the gang are just trying to keep the WP community a good one.

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Win flash drives and Starbucks planners from Manila Freelancer

December 22, 2008 | 2 Comments

Melo Villareal of Manila Freelancer is giving away several items this Christmas, namely: SUPER TALENT 200X 4GB USB Flash Drive, 1 Ridata 1 GB USB Flash Drive, 1 Memorex 1 GB USB Flash Drive, 1 PQI 1GB USB Flash Drive and FOUR 2009 RED Starbucks Planners. More to come soon!

You need to do both all the three steps to qualify, qualified participants will be posted here. Once we reached a good number of entries we will draw the winner.

What you have to do is leave a comment, blog about your own Christmas wishlist, and link back to the contest. No specified deadline date/time, so try and get qualified now!

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WordPress theme directory updates policy, removes 200 themes

December 12, 2008 | 1 Comment

Spectacu.la reports that over 200 themes have been removed from the official WordPress theme repository a couple of days ago, and this is the notification they got:

Links to spectacu.la will no longer be approved, as a result this theme has been suspended.

Looks like Automattic has updated its policy for theme approvals:

Themes for sites that support “premium” (non-GPL or compatible) themes will not be approved.

That means it’s not enough for your theme to be GPL compatible. If you’re simply associated with premium WordPress themes, your free and open source WordPress themes could suffer as well.

More discussion at Justin Tadlock’s site. Is this fair or is this getting to be too harsh?

(Via WPLover)

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Philippine Bloggers’ Night at FlippyKnows

October 4, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Philippine Bloggers' Night

Team RP in collaboration with FlippyKnows present Bloggers’ Night:

DATE: October 10, 2008 Friday
TIME: 8PM onwards
VENUE: My Little Art Place, 222 Wilson St. Greenhills San Juan City

Featuring Paul Zialcita, Miko Pepito, Nityalila, Jeff Pagaduan, and more!!!

Blogger’s night is an on-site socialization for all former bloggers, bloggers, and aspiring bloggers to share tips and trick on how to create and develop a blog and how to use it as a tool to advocate your cause for social change.

Bloggers are encouraged to bring their laptops as there will be free Wi-Fi at the venue.

Register here for free.

(Via Azrael)

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Blogging from Home Online Workshop launched

September 1, 2008 | No Comments Yet

With the great success of Janette Toral’s book, Blogging from Home, comes an accompanying online workshop presented in interactive text, audio, and video. It costs $10 quarterly or $30 yearly. Here’s a rundown of the topics to be discussed:

  • Blogging 101 Workshop
  • Blog Ethics Workshop
  • Blog Content Development Workshop
  • Blog Promotion Workshop
  • Blogging as a Business
  • Corporate Blogging Workshop

People who finish the online workshop will be given certificates of completion. Also, those who bought the Blogging from Home book will have a week of free access to the e-learning site. The workshop is also a collaboration with Buddy Gancenia.

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Download WordPress for iPhone now!

July 23, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Not sure how many iPhone (or iPod Touch) users are there in the Philippines, but if you’re a WordPress user as well, you’ll be happy to know that the WordPress for iPhone app has been released in the iPhone App Store (note: link opens iTunes).

This is the official blogging app for WordPress and is released by Automattic. It was, however, developed by a company called Effigent. Here are the listed features for the WordPress mobile blogging application:

  • Support for WP.com blogs and self-installed blogs version 2.5.1 and higher
  • Embedded Safari for true previews of posts
  • Full tag and category support
  • Photo support for both camera pictures as well as library photos
  • Support for multiple blogs
  • Ability to password protect a post, save as a draft, or mark the post for later review
  • Auto-recovery. This will recover posts which have been interrupted by phone calls

You’ve seen the video tour, now it can be yours for free. Support issues can be submitted here.

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WordPress for iPhone app previewed

July 11, 2008 | 3 Comments

Just as I had reported earlier, Matt and the gang are developing a blogging application made specifically for the iPhone, whose newest version is going to launch in 21 countries this July 11. (And for those who are wondering, it will be coming to the Philippines officially in a few months.)

For a preview of the WordPress For iPhone, click here or view below:

The WordPress iPhone app will work for both WordPress.com (hosted) and WordPress.org (self-hosted) users. Not only will it be free for download, it’s open source too.

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Do you really need to pay for a premium WordPress theme when you can download these?

July 7, 2008 | 1 Comment

Best WordPress Themes shares the 10 Free WordPress Themes That Blow Many Premium Themes Away. Here’s the shortlist:

  1. Brightness
  2. Lightning
  3. Charade
  4. Thematic
  5. MassivePress
  6. The Morning After
  7. Overstand
  8. Thunderbolt
  9. The Unstandard
  10. Neoclassical
  11. Natural Power

Check out the rest of the website for more excellent themes that will fit your every need.

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