Mark Jaquith on WordPress and web hosting

May 17, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordPress lead developer Mark Jaquith sounds off on the state of web hosting companies and their lack of support for the publishing software. He emphasizes two of the biggest issues WordPress users have when it comes to maintaining their installs: caching and security.

People ask me for hosting recommendations all the time. I have a few decent hosts that I’ll recommend, but I don’t have any hosts about which I can say “use them, because they know how to host WordPress, and they’ll support you.” I’d like nothing better than to have a dozen such hosts to recommend by this time next year. WordPress is here to stay, and it’s time for web hosts to adapt!

This is just the first of many voices from WordPress community leaders cementing an initiative for better WP support, as mentioned in the State of the Word at WordCamp SF 2010. I think the greatest lesson here is never to settle with just any web host. With so many choices out there and your own site and brand on the line, choosing a proper, WordPress-friendly host should be top priority. You can’t afford not to.

As for the web hosting companies themselves, it’s a great opportunity to improve their game and offer specialized services that help with the upkeep of their respective client websites. A win-win for all.

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An unofficial WordPress.com Gallery FAQ

December 18, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The WordPress Gallery is one of the most powerful features introduced to the software to date, but it’s also pretty tricky. You can read the official support page for it, but long before that came around this FAQ was published. It’s more than a year old but it’s still a useful reference for anybody who uses the Gallery all the time.

Can I have a Page that displays all my existing Galleries?
To make a separate “Gallery” Page, make a new Page and then locate the Post ID number of the Galleries you wish to include in your Gallery Page (see above). In the HTML Editor, type in the gallery shortcode, together with the relevant Post ID. It will look something like this [ gallery id=”210″ ] (without the extra spaces after and before the bracket). You can also adjust the settings for number of columns and thumbnail size for each individual gallery displayed on that Page.

Note that the FAQ was created for WordPress.com users, although from the looks of things a lot of it applies to self-hosted users as well.

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WordPress 2.0.x now deprecated

July 30, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The WordPress development team is now ending support for the WordPress 2.0.x branch, just a few months earlier than the planned 2010 deprecation.

Many of the security improvements to the new versions of WordPress in the last couple of years were complete reworks of how various systems were handled. Porting those changes to the 2.0.x branch would have been a monumental task and could have introduced instability or new bugs. We had to make hard decisions between stability and merging in the latest security enhancements. Additionally, far fewer people stayed on the 2.0.x branch than we anticipated. I take that as a testament to the new features in WordPress and perhaps even more the features offered by plugins, many of which don’t support older versions of WordPress!

The good news is, there are way fewer people who have left their WordPress installations outdated than updated. If you’re part of that group, though, do the right thing and upgrade now! The advantages—both in features and security—far outweigh the disadvantages.

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WPSeek, a WordPress search engine & reference

May 26, 2009 | No Comments Yet

wpseek.com - 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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The death of WordPress?

February 21, 2009 | No Comments Yet

How about bringing up the unspeakable for a change: Jeff Chandler at WordPress Tavern looks into the possibilities of WP’s demise. Here’s the shortlist:

  1. Third Party Support Disappears
  2. Change In License
  3. Just A Pile Of Bloat
  4. Someone Else Does It Better
  5. Security Blunders
  6. Leadership Heads South

A lot of the points in the article have been raised in different avenues before, but it will take a combination of several factors for WordPress to really decline. It’s the way the world works; change is constant, and we always move towards something that performs better.

However, I wouldn’t mind the day it becomes much less popular than it is, as long as the dedication of the developers and the community remains. And this is really one of the best features of WordPress today.

(Via WP FUN)

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Revolution premium theme goes open source

October 3, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Visit Revolution Two, the new site of the free, open source themes.

Revolution, the WordPress theme by Brian Gardner that very well started the premium theme craze, is going open source. An announcement at Gardner’s blog says that by October 31, all of the Revolution themes will no longer be available.

By November 1, a new Revolution site containing GPL licensed themes will be launched. And Jason Schuller will team up with Brian Gardner on the new project.

This is Brian’s explanation for the changes being made to the Revolution theme project:

This one is really simple – more than anything, Jason and I want to develop a resource and community that is perfectly aligned with WordPress. Both he and I have been fortunate enough to leave our day jobs within the past year and have developed our own media companies. None of that would have been possible without the existence of WordPress, which is solely built and supported by the open source community.

It only seems fair that we abandon our current premium theme models, and begin a new way of doing business. I contacted Matt and Toni to see if they would be gracious enough to carve out some time to meet with us, so we could ensure that our business model was in compliance with standards set forth by the authors of the GPL license as well as with WordPress.

This sounds like great news, especially in light of the recent discussion about the ethics of premium themes.

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WordPress.com users get 24/7 Support

August 4, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Bloggers on WordPress.com can now enjoy round-the-clock support by sending a message through the support contact form.

This is great news, considering most services out there (blogging or not) usually offer support only if you pay for them. Read more about the announcement here.

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