2010 is the year of open source design for WordPress

January 14, 2010 | No Comments Yet

It’s no secret that a major design change is coming to this year’s WordPress development cycles in the form of a new default WordPress theme, but that’s not all. Jane Wells has announced plans for all things design—open source design, that is:

  • Creation of the wp-ui mailing list for design-related updates
  • Return of the design challenges that have determined the look and feel of the WordPress admin interface in the past
  • Mobilization of a distributed Usability Testing group
  • Creation of the #wordpress-ui chatroom on irc.freenode.com and setup of a weekly chat as with #wordpress-dev
  • Launching of the WordPress UI/UX blog

While I’m surprised all these things haven’t been set up sooner, I’m excited that design and usability are finally getting the attention they deserve—makes you wonder how WordPress got to be so beautiful without all these in place yet.

Between this, WordPress 3.0, and WordPress Multi Site, it looks like 2010 is a packed year for WordPress! There are so many things to do and lots of volunteer work is needed, so if you can find your niche in the community, why not contribute?

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WordPress 2.9 Media Manager wireframes

April 15, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Shane Froebel has posted a PDF of wireframes for the WordPress 2.9 Media Manager via the WP-Hackers mailing list. You can read all about it here.

Once the 2.8.x development started I went AWOL for pretty much 4 months of clear cut no programing. So fast forward to today. The release of my proposed Media Management System for the 2.9.x line. I spent many months without talking or what the status was and talked to a few developer privaily on the direction I was taking it. But after a while I got a pretty good picture on how I envisioned a very updated a slick Media Management System for WordPress.

This feature is set to release in October this year. There’s been barely any talk about the next version of WordPress (which is 2.8), and yet here we are already skipping into WP 2.9. It’s always good to look forward to these things though.

(Via WPLover)

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How has WordPress changed your life?

March 25, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Jeremy Visser, an avid user of WordPress since the early days, expressed his heartfelt thanks to the open source project at the WP-Hackers mailing list:

That’s the day I first downloaded WordPress, and discovered the joy that
it is. It was love at first sight, and WP 2.7 brings me closer to the
same “magic” I felt in 1.5.1 than any release between 2.0 and 2.6 did.

I would like to take this opportunity thank everyone who made WordPress
what it is today, and what it means to me.

WordPress has improved my writing skills, made me new friends, taught me
about open source software development, given me PHP/MySQL coding
skills, given me jobs, and welcomed me as part of its community. It
means a lot to me.

Read the whole message here. Most of us haven’t been users as long as Jeremy has, but quite a few can certainly relate, developing new skills and gaining new opportunities because of WordPress.

(Via WPLover)

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