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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wp-config.php code snippets for autosave, post revisions, trash settings

April 28, 2010 | No Comments Yet

These are useful lines of code modifying the default settings on post revisions and autosave intervals, which you can insert in your WordPress site’s wp-config.php file at the root folder.

define('AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL', 160 );

Explanation: Set the length between autosaves to 160 seconds.

define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', false );

Explanation: Disable post revisions completely.

define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', 3);

Explanation: Limit the number of post revisions to 3. (Tip: install Revision Diet so you don’t need to do this manually, and you can also delete excess revisions created beforehand.)

define('EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS', 0 );

Explanation: Disable the Trash functionality completely.

define('EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS', 30 );

Explanation: Set the number of days between the contents of the WordPress Trash bin are completely deleted—posts, pages, comments, etc. This will be done automatically and without confirmation.

Even more snippets can be found at the Codex. Though I hope that in the future, WordPress can integrate these as configurable settings in the admin interface.

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WordPress Plugin: WordPress Loop widget

January 25, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordPress Loop Widget

The WordPress Loop is a special widget that lets you create custom loops using over 35 different options, from post types and categories to custom fields and taxonomies.

The widget has over 35 options to choose from. Customize your WordPress loop by one or more post types, categories, tags, custom taxonomies, authors, dates, custom fields, and a whole lot more!

In addition, it has support for post thumbnails, sticky posts, pagination, offsetting, customizable content length (by word count), and you can change the ordering from a variety of options.

While this widget was created with non-PHP users in mind, it also comes with 4 action hooks using the WP_Query class. More details here.

The widget requires version WordPress 2.9 and higher. Once installed, you can configure the settings in the Widgets area. Download WordPress Loop

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WordPress is Best Overall Open Source CMS

November 19, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress has won the Best Overall Open Source CMS award in this year’s Open Source CMS Awards. It was also named first runner-up after Drupal in the Best PHP Open Source CMS category.

This is a landmark for us, as it is the first time we’ve won this award, and it marks a shift in the public perception of WordPress, from blog software to full-featured CMS. No small contest, the Open Source CMS Awards received over 12,000 nominations and more than 23,000 votes across five categories.

That makes for a very good point, seeing as how there are oodles of “WordPress as CMS” articles out there. WordPress has proven despite its very strong reputation as blog software, it’s now ahead of the content management system pack. Plus we, the members of the WordPress community, are a big part in making it this big.

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Important announcements from the #wordpress-dev IRC meetup

June 4, 2009 | No Comments Yet

A few heads-up announcements regarding the future of WordPress development at the #wordpress-dev IRC meetup:

  • WordPress 2.8 target release date is June 10, next week.
  • WordPress 2.9 will require MySQL 4.1.2. (Might be good to start contacting your webhost this early to see if yours is compatible, or can be made compatible within the coming months.)
  • Upgrading to PHP 5 from PHP 4 is highly recommended and will pushed for in the future WordPress upgrader. (Another thing to ask your webhost about.)
  • In case you want to check out the IRC meetup, they’re held weekly every Wednesday at 9 pm UTC.

Very useful information to help you prepare for future versions of WordPress. Although WP is pretty easy to deal with when it comes to web hosting requirements, it doesn’t hurt to know about these things even if you’re an ordinary blogger.

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Instant Install WordPress

May 19, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Instant Install WordPress is a small PHP script that downloads and extracts the latest WordPress version on your site server. Once uploaded all you have to do is call it (e.g. http://www.yoursite.com/easywp.php) and it will ask for details to fill out the configuration file, then installs WordPress. This basically winds down installation time from the famous 5 minutes to just about a few seconds!

(Note: This tool was first called EasyWP but the creator discovered it had the same name as an existing plugin.)

Download Instant Install WordPress

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