Plugin Readme files now support video

February 23, 2010 | No Comments Yet

A new feature that will benefit WordPress plugin authors and plugin users alike: you can now add video in the readme.txt file of a plugin. This information will be displayed in the WordPress Just like WordPress posts & pages support shortcodes and oEmbed, so do plugin readme files now. There are two ways of doing this: oEmbed, by entering the URL of the video in its own line, and shortcodes, by entering the type of video and the URL in between square brackets, e.g.:

  • [youtube]
  • [vimeo]
  • [wpvideo OO4thna8]

The feature currently supports three video providers: YouTube, Vimeo, and VideoPress. It must also be noted that object embed codes (the usual way of embedding videos on websites) is not supported, just the two methods above. View the test example here.

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Basic image editing in WordPress 2.9

September 15, 2009 | 1 Comment

Jeff Chandler of WordPress Tavern has recorded a screencast on a major new feature coming in WordPress 2.9, which he discovered in one of the nightly builds. This was the third most popular feature voted on in the WP 2.9 media manager survey from a few months ago.

I fired up my local server today and installed the latest version of WordPress 2.9 and was surprised to see the basic image editing tools already available in the media library. I decided that the best way to display them in action was through video which also gave me another reason to open up CamtasiaStudio. In the video, I show off each individual tool as well as provide feedback on the crop tool as at this stage, does not appear to be user friendly. But, it’s very early in the development stage so it will most likely be better once it hits the public’s hands. Check out the video.

Functions include crop, rotate, flip, undo/redo, and scaled resizing. You can also apply the changes made to all the images in the library in one go—now that’s the most useful feature of all.

Jeff comments that the interface still needs polishing but the features work well. Can’t wait to see what else WP 2.9 has in store for us.

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Designing for WordPress screencast series

May 4, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Alex Denning of has launched a screencast called Designing for WordPress, a three-part series that teaches you how to go from a static HTML web design to a full-fledged WordPress design, all in glorious video.

Designing for WordPress is something that a lot of people want to learn how to do. But don’t know where to start. Why? There aren’t too many great tuts out there for people wanting to get started with WordPress theme design. In this screencast we’ll be converting HTML to WordPress: a great place to start for any aspiring theme developer.

If you know a fair amount of HTML and want to go into WordPress theme design, this video should be a good place to start. Watch out for the succeeding parts too!

(Via Hack WordPress)

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WordPress 2.6

July 15, 2008 | No Comments Yet

After 3 betas and one release candidate, WordPress 2.6 “Tyner” is here. Automattic also put up a short video tour of the new version:

Discussed in the WP 2.6 announcement post are the highlighted features we’ve all been expecting for a few months now:

  • Post Revisions: Wiki-like tracking of edits
  • Press This!: Post from wherever you are on the web
  • Shift Gears: Turbo-speed your blogging
  • Theme Previews: See it before your audience does
  • and many other smaller features and improvements

Ryan Boren discusses in depth SSL and Cookies in WordPress 2.6, which I’m sure is the first of many blog posts to tackle the new stuff under the hood.

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WordPress 2.5 RC2 Released, along with a Screencast

March 26, 2008 | 1 Comment

Just as the WordPress community is starting to get comfortable with the first release candidate of WP 2.5, WordPress RC2 has arrived.

Another great treat is the video walkthrough of what you can do with the latest WordPress version, which focuses on the dashboard, the write post page, and the gallery feature. See the screencast for yourself: flash movie or AVI.

The post also touches briefly on theme and plugin compatibility: no known problems for existing themes, though you might want to update them for cool new features like Gravatars. Expectedly, several plugins will need updating. Visit the 2.5 Plugin Compatibility page for more information.

Finally with regards to theme and plugin compatibility, we’ve had no reports of any broken themes in this upgrade, which makes sense because we didn’t really change anything core about themes, just added new optional capabilities like Gravatars. Plugins that work with the admin may require updating to take advantage of the new, cleaner UI in WordPress 2.5.

Read the complete announcement here.

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