WordPress 3.0 news roundup

April 29, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordCast has compiled a list of all the WordPress 3.0 articles and and videos they can find. From the official Codex page to video walkthroughs and reviews of the latest features, there’s no longer any reason not to be informed before the final release ships.

Also watch out for their upcoming podcast episode where experts discuss the future of WordPress. For now, the links and videos in the said post will prepare you for that conversation.

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Embed media using only URLs in WordPress 2.9

October 16, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Here’s another great feature coming up in WordPress 2.9: easy media embedding using just the URL of the photo or video you want to place in your blog posts.

The catch is the URLs must be enclosed in shortcodes, and that the media must come from one of the predefined media providers: YouTube, Blip.tv, Flickr, Hulu, Viddler, Qik.com, Revision3, Google Video, PollDaddy, DailyMotion.

Of course, there are methods for adding more providers: using (a) wp_oembed_addprovider() function for oEmbed-compatible website and (b) defining a handler/callback function that checks the URL and generates the necessary embed code in its place.

Finally, wp_expand_dimensions() lets you resize the media to the largest dimensions possible given an example width-height ratio.

Read more about these in Viper007Bond’s post.

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VideoPress launches on WordPress.com

May 14, 2009 | No Comments Yet

VideoPress is a new upgrade feature created by the Automattic team for WordPress.com that lets users create high-definition streaming video for their blogs. It’s also great for video podcasting since it crunches all the necessary work you: videos are iTunes and Miro compatible, and they play in the right frame rates you uploaded them with.

Although there’s no official word yet on when this will be available for self-hosted WordPress sites, you’re advised to create your own WordPress.com account to take advantage of the plugin and then embed the created videos on your WordPress.org blog.

Plus, the VideoPress framework is open source, so we can expect to see more free-flowing improvements to it in the future.

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2.3 Million Filipino Bloggers

May 16, 2008 | 6 Comments

Here’s a list of Philippine internet and blogging usage by the numbers, according to the Wave.3 Social Media Tracker (PDF file, 25.66 MB) by Universal McCann, a New York media agency.

  • 14 million use the internet (15.4% penetration rate as of April 2007)
  • 3.7 million actively use the internet (as of March 2008)

Out of the 3.7 million active users (between 16 to 54 years old):

  • 3.6 million / 98.6% : watch videos
  • 3.3 million / 90.3% : read blogs
  • 3.1 million / 86.4% : post pictures
  • 3.0 million / 83.1% : create profiles on social networks
  • 2.3 million / 65.8% : have a blog
  • 2.2 million / 60.5% : upload videos
  • 2.2 million / 61.8% : listen to podcasts
  • 1.6 million / 45.2% : subscribe to feeds

(Note: some figures were rounded down or roughly calculated to complete the number-and-percentage pairings.)

It’s interesting to see that podcasts are actually more popular than feeds even though they’re usually powered by syndication technologies.

(Via 100% Batangueno)

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