Matt’s State of the Word at WordCamp SF 2010

May 14, 2010 | No Comments Yet

If you missed the notes Matt’s keynote address at this year’s WordCamp San Francisco, here’s the full video finally posted at WordPress.tv and embedded above.

Look how far WordPress has come in the span of a year. We’re still awaiting the final release of WordPress 3.0 for the much-touted WordPress MU/Multi Site merge, but we’re also getting a bunch of other exciting, game-changing features such as custom post types, a new default WordPress theme every year, canonical plugins, security checks, and more.

Can’t wait to see what will be added to this keynote when WordCamp Philippines 2010 comes around in October.

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Matt Mullenweg WordCamp SF keynote & Mashable interview

May 3, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WP Tavern has posted notes from Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word at the 2010 WordCamp San Francisco. In it, Matt emphasizes the growth of WordPress into one of the most popular content management systems today: from the admin interface, to the number of plugins, to the upcoming features in WordPress 3.0: WordPress MU merge, menu navigation system, custom post types, and more.

Roughly 74% of WordPress sites are being used as blogs and content management systems. This is up from about 40% last year. It’s the fastest growing use case of the software. About 80% of people are making money from WordPress. 22% WordPress is their day job. 18% from custom development and hosting, 12%.

Other things to take from the talk:

  • A new default WordPress theme will be created every year. This year’s Twenty Ten features custom post headers and backgrounds.
  • WordPress should be as accessible as possible: the Post By Email feature will be turned into a canonical plugin.
  • WordPress.org will be redesigned.
  • Release cycles will go from 3 per year to 2.
  • On security issues: Automattic will work with web hosting companies to help protect its WordPress users, via a mailing list, security checks, and a list of best practices.

Mashable also conducted an interview with him, which covers pretty much the same things discussed at WordCamp. Watch it below:

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New features in WordPress 3.0

February 26, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WP Beginner digs into the new features coming in the big WordPress 3.0 release. Also recently, Jane Wells posted a report on the latest developments with the current cycle. Third, WP 3.0 is set to enter feature freeze mode on March 1.

What do these all mean? Now is the best time to get familiar with the new features. As we all know, we’ve got some big ones coming:

(Via WP Tavern)

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BuddyPress 1.2 installs on WordPress

February 17, 2010 | No Comments Yet

BuddyPress Test Drive site

The biggest roadblocks to adopting social network software BuddyPress have finally been eliminated. With the latest version 1.2 coming out, you can now install BuddyPress on WordPress and not just WordPress MU. That goes for any WP version. Consider this the official way to run BP following this one.

Another highlight of this release is a quicker, simpler installation process: just 3 steps detailed in the download page. Simply add BuddyPress from your plugins page and activate a theme for it.

Probably the most exciting part of this release is a new default theme, which you can see running on the official site and the BuddyPress Test Drive site. BP is looking cleaner and more flexible than ever—you can create child themes with BP too.

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WordPress Multi User becomes WordPress Multi Site

January 8, 2010 | No Comments Yet

The road to the merger has begun. And the first step is a pretty major one: WordPress Multi User (WPMU) has now been renamed to WordPress Multi Site (WPMS). I mentioned in a previous post that the WPMU term “multi-user” in the context of a typical WordPress install could be confusing, so it’s great that they got this out of the way immediately. “Multi-site” is much better.

Another major change that’s been made: the old WPMU term “Site Admin” has also been renamed to “Super Admin”—again, to erase confusion between WordPress single-user and multi-site jargon.

These and other important topics were discussed in the January 7 WordPress Dev Chat on IRC, and WordPress Tavern has a fantastic report on it. Some tidbits:

  • There is no ETA on WordPress 3.0 yet
  • WordPress MU MS 2.9.1 is just around the corner
  • Work on The Merge has begun
  • Canonical plugins “need a community of developers like the core to survive”
  • Priorities for WordPress 3.0 include: The Merge, menus, custom post types, the new default theme, core plugin integration; Media “will not happen” in said version
  • WordPress.org will be redesigned starting “sometime in late February”

Exciting times for the future of WordPress, and it’s all happening this 2010!

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BuddyPress can now run on WordPress single user

January 5, 2010 | 1 Comment

Great news for everybody itching to run BuddyPress but are still having second thoughts running WordPress MU: BP no longer requires WPMU! The latest trunk version can now run on single-user WordPress (that’s the original flavor of WP we all know and love) and these are all you have to remember:

  1. Install WP Single User.
  2. Make sure Pretty Permalinks are turned on.
  3. Download the BuddyPress Trunk here.
    Scroll down to the bottom and grab the zip archive.
  4. Unpack it and upload to your wp-plugins directory.
  5. Make sure you move the bp-themes folder to the wp-content/themes directory and you should be good to go. The BP theme folder shows up automatically in the Appearance tab in WP 2.9.

I didn’t expect that this would happen before the WordPress-Wordpress MU merger, so this is a pleasant surprise. Read more details on this forum thread.

As an aside: this is the first time I’ve heard of WordPress being referred to as “single user”. Of course, this is just the counterpart to the term “multi-user” for WPMU, since we all know WordPress can have multiple users/authors in one installation.

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Read & blog on WordPress.com from your iPhone via Twitter

December 31, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Here’s an odd but fascinating hack discovered by Team 55 at the WP Quebec meetup: using the Twitter API, you can read and publish posts on WordPress.com from your iPhone! Matt Mullenweg explains step by step in this article. Pretty much any third-party Twitter client is okay; the key is to change the API URL to twitter-api.wordpress.com and then you can log in using your WordPress.com account.

Instead of following users you will follow blogs. Refer to them by their domain names (e.g. matt.wordpress.com). Support for replies and retweets will be added soon.

When you post a status update using our Twitter API, the update will appear on your blog. (If you have more than one blog you can choose which one gets the updates. The option is in your profile.)

Read more about this here. Matt also announced that they plan to release a WordPress MU plugin for this, so stay tuned for that one.

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Discuss features you’d like to see in WordPress 3.0

December 26, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Even during Christmastime the WordPress team is hard at work planning for the next version of WordPress. Version 3.0 will definitely be a big release with the merging of WordPress MU into the core, but they’d also like to map out as early as now other features to be included.

Easy blog menu management, dynamic image resize/crop, media upload UI redesign (begun in 2.9 but postponed for implementation due to technical issues), photo albums, custom content type UI and API, supercharging queries (cross-taxonomies), categories/tags for pages, auto-taxonomy UI, custom fields UI (possibly to be registered by themes or plugins for something to be displayed), settings UI redesign, improve the upgrade process (inc. distros for specific use types), SVN awareness, canonical plugins and a UI for displaying them, plugin page redesign, themes UI redesign, comments UI touchup, decouple language updates and files, new default theme, choose your own start page, caps lock detection, accessibility admin theme, mobile admin theme, synching custom fields > taxonomies, exif refresh, role management simplification, credits page in app, default custom types (microblog, galleries, asides), admin bar, front end comment moderation, front end posting (a la P2), better importers, widget installer, importer installer, more inline documentation, built-in “Welcome to WordPress” guide for 1st time admin use/checklist (set settings, add profiles, set up comment options, dashboard modules, add widgets, pick a theme, etc) with ability to dismiss as you move through, better help tab, more template tags, better zone selector, new code editor, XSL for RSS feeds (pretty feeds), bulk user creation (lazy load importer?), below post widgets, image importing, HTML validation, customizable comment form, Twitter and Flickr importers, WordPress capitalization catcher, configurable QuickPress configurable (add categories), more dashboard modules, easy linking to internal content when writing new content in editor, audit of error messages and updating them to be clearer revisions for custom fields and taxonomies… the list is endless, really, because there are so many cool things we could do. But which ones *should* we do? And specifically, which should we do in 3.0? Discuss!

Whew, what a huge (and not so readable) list! The important thing is to figure out what should go into the core and what can be better served as a plugin. Discuss it in this thread. And if you’re interested in joining the weekly IRC chat, the topic for the next one will be the same. It’s great to see that no time is wasted looking ahead and to the next iteration of WordPress.

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TypeKit for WordPress.com, WordPress.org, and WordPress MU

December 23, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Good news for WordPress users looking to unleash the typography aficionado within: custom font embedding service TypeKit has released support for all flavors of WordPress.

For WordPress.com, it’s already built in:

Log into your WordPress dashboard and click on Appearance in the left-hand navbar. There, you’ll find “Typekit Fonts” with a place to add your Kit ID (available under “Embed Code” in the Typekit Editor). That’s it — you’re ready to go. You can choose fonts from our rapidly growing library to add them to any of the WordPress themes to give your blog a distinct look.

For WordPress.org, there are a couple of plugins you can use from the official directory.

For WordPress MU, there’s a special plugin you can use as well.

This is great news for both the web design and blogging communities: through plugins and integration with TypeKit it’s now a lot easier to incorporate the next big thing in creating more beautiful websites.

(Via WPLover)

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Will bbPress turn into a canonical WordPress plugin?

December 11, 2009 | No Comments Yet

BloggingPro reports that sister software for forums bbPress might become the first WordPress canonical plugin after the first IRC meetup for new direction.

Between the integrating of WPMU into the WordPress core and this development, it seems that the Automattic and the rest of the development team is pushing WordPress as the end-all, be-all publishing platform on the web. It will definitely be much easier to persuade site owners to choose bbPress as their forum software over third-party brands like vBulletin, or third-party plugins like SimplePress. And of course, it will also be exciting to see how bbPress can tap into the core features of WordPress.

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WordPress MU merging with WordPress in version 3.0

December 4, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress MU logo

Donncha O’Caoimh writes about what might be the last merging of code from WordPress (2.9 beta 1) to the WordPress MU (2.8.6) Trunk. He writes later on in a comment that WP MU will merge with WP in version 3.0:

It’s probably the last big merge because WP and MU will be merged in WordPress 3.0

He’s talked about it before but now another confirmation of the WP version to look forward to when this merge happens. Since we’re still waiting for version 2.9 to come out though, the date for the next release will take a while. In any case, a good heads-up for those running WP MU or planning to.

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Using WordPress MU for universities

October 20, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Jim Groom, a contributor at the WPMU Development for Education group, has published an FAQ on running a large scale WordPress MU installation in a university setting. He lists what plugins were used, details on creating custom themes, and more nitty-gritty stuff like hardware configuration.

How many staff/partial FTEs are needed to support your instance?

As of right now, I do the majority of user support with the actuall system. But our division 5 and 1/2 FTEs, though I think most of the support has been relegated to me, and it has not burned all my time, but as UMW Blogs becomes bigger and bigger, and more “Systemic,” the time devoted to it becomes greater. But, in anticipation of the next question. WordPress has made any barriers to new users very easy because the interface is so slick and user-friendly. And the fact that it is open source, and has an insane community behind it makes our jobs as instructional technologists so much easier, cause we can integrate new features on the fly.

What do you see as the biggest barriers that new users have to overcome in using WP?

Well, I think that is WP’s strength, and why we used it, because it’s interface is so user-friendly we haven;t had to invest too much time at all in user training.

WordPress MU is a bit more tricky to maintain than standard version, though with its upcoming merge with WordPress.org should change things. Read the whole FAQ here.

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Tip: use WordPress MU for your client sites

September 1, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Are you a designer or developer building WordPress sites for your clients? Here’s a tip: use WordPress MU. Pro Blog Design has a step-by-step guide to tweaking a WordPress Multi-User installation to streamline your client site development process. Just add a handful of plugins (for privacy and blog defaults) and edit several backend files and you’re all set.

Brilliant idea. No need to create new databases, upload files, and install WordPress everytime you have a new client. One of the trickier aspects of WPMU has been addressed too:

Installing WPMU is a slightly different process than regular WP. Basically, don’t edit the config file. Let the installer run. For the purposes of this tutorial, pick a subdirectory installation to give you client blogs in the format of yourdevsite.com/client1/.This way, we won’t have to tinker with the server to enable wildcard subdomains.

Since these are just client demo sites, you won’t really need subdomains for each new blog. But if you really must use them, better make sure your web hosting requirements support it.

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WordPress 2.8.1 & WordPress MU 2.8.1

July 11, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The first official release since the big WordPress 2.8 is finally out. Highlights of the new features are listed in the announcement post, but you can also view the complete list here. Lots of fixed glitches, memory improvements, and improved security:

Core Security Technologies notified us that admin pages added by certain plugins could be viewed by unprivileged users, resulting in information being leaked. Not all plugins are vulnerable to this problem, but we advise upgrading to 2.8.1 to be safe.

WordPress MU also came out with version 2.8.1 a day after. Unlike WordPress, WPMU didn’t have a version 2.8, so this is a big update for all you multi-users out there (including BuddyPress). Download it now!

You can upgrade to WP 2.8.1 by downloading it at WordPress.org or by clicking “upgrade automatically” after following the notice in your administration panel.

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Matt’s State of the Word at WordCamp SF 2009

June 25, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Video of the annual State of the Word, delivered by Matt Mullenweg at Automattic-hosted WordCamp San Francisco 2009, is now up at WordPress.tv. It’s also embedded above for your easy viewing pleasure.

For the uninformed, the State of the Word is a fun little presentation on WordPress, of course, to see how far it’s come and what’s in store in the coming months. You might remember that one of the biggest highlights in this State of the Word was the announcement that WordPress and WordPress MU are going to merge, so now those who weren’t at the event itself can find out exactly how Matt said it.

Those who are looking for text-based summaries of the State of the Word, check out the press coverage links on the homepage of WordCamp San Francisco 2009.

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WordCamp SF State of the Word and Q&A with Matt Mullenweg

June 3, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Aside from the merging of WordPress.org and WordPress MU, many other announcements were made during WordCamp San Francisco’s State of the Word, delivered of course by Matt Mullenweg. Check out the summary posted by The WordCamp Report, including this Q&A.

Some highlights:

  • Lots of changes that caused “minor revolutions”: return of Quick Post, threaded comments, 1-click upgrades, etc.
  • WordPress core focuses on speed and simplicity, then “let the people do whatever they want”
  • WordPress themes and the GPL still a big issue
  • WordPress is the fastest growing skill on Elance
  • WordPress.tv
  • WordPress 2.8: coming soon! New features: rewritten Widgets, theme directory built into admin, CodePress syntax editor, multiple galleries per page, per page options for plugins, improved language support
  • WordPress 2.9 to focus on under-the-hood improvements

For more links, catch this round up by Weblog Tools Collection.

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WordPress and WordPress MU to merge!

June 2, 2009 | 3 Comments

Update (06/03/09): Matt himself left this comment:

While WordPress.org-the-website will include more BuddyPress features, that was a separate announcement from the elimination of MU and bringing its code into core WP.

Update (06/02/09): Lorelle VanFossen has a different interpretation of the cryptic merger. It’s anybody’s guess at this point, it seems.

WordCamp San Francisco 2009

At WordCamp San Francisco, where Matt Mullenweg delivered his annual State of the Word keynote, he announced that WordPress and WordPress MU (multi-user) will be merging in the near future. Apparently he told users to “watch out for version 3.0”. There weren’t many details given during the event, which means we’re left to speculate on how this merger will actually happen.

Still, WordPress MU has been less accessible to the ordinary users compared to WordPress given its feature requirements. And BuddyPress, which runs on top of WordPress MU, is a very appealing CMS for those interested in building communities and social networks. So integrating multi-user features into the WordPress is great news.

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BuddyPress 1.0

May 1, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The 1.0 release of the WordPress MU-powered social network BuddyPress has finally arrived. If you will recall we’ve mentioned BuddyPress a couple of times before, and Matt even talked about it during last year’s WordCamp Philippines.

Here’s how Matt Mullenweg describes BuddyPress:

BuddyPress is an official sister project of WordPress. The idea behind it was to see what would happen to the web if it was as easy for anyone to create a social network as it is to create a blog today. There’s been an explosion of social activity on the web, it’s probably the most important trend of the past few years, but there’s been a dearth of Open Source tools that enable the social web.

Download BuddyPress 1.0

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WordPress MU 2.7.1

April 24, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Donncha O Caoimh has announced the latest version of WordPress MU. Major changes include a revamp in the plugin system and several admin features:

New features and changes include:

  • A revamped plugin system thanks to Andy Peatling. Plugins installed in the plugins directory rather than mu-plugins can be activated and deactivated on all blogs with one click.
  • The admin bar was removed. It’ll be stuffed into a plugin instead. Must talk to Viper007Bond about that.
    A new “My Blogs” page where a user’s blogs are listed and personal “per blog” settings can be configured. It’s empty right now but it’s easy to add settings to it via plugins. Imagine having a different “Display Name” on each blog you write on! See SetupMenu and HandleFormPOST in the just removed admin bar for example code. That code uses actions rather than filters but it’ll get you started.
  • The site admin can now set a Global Dashboard blog for users who don’t have blogs. Those users will be added to this blog rather than the main blog. The default role of users on that blog can also be set but if they’re not “Subscribers” they won’t be moved if you change the Global Dashboard.

As with WordPress.org blogs, plugins at the official Plugin Directory can be automatically updated. Check out this 2.7.1 overview too.

Download WordPress MU 2.7.1

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WordPress participates in Google Summer of Code 2009

March 31, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Once again WordPress is participating in the annual Google Summer of Code and is inviting everyone to help out in improving specific aspects of the blogging software as well as related projects like WPMU and BuddyPress.

You name it, we want you to propose it. It’s true, competition is fierce, but hey, if you’re already hacking WordPress, you’re ahead of the pack as far as we’re concerned. Applications are being accepted as of today, and the deadline is on April 3, 2009.

There’s also a list of mentors you can approach if you want to participate in the summer-long hacking. It also helps to check out the suggested ideas section of the website.

Sign up here. Visit the Google Summer of Code 2009 site for more details.

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WordPress 2.6.5

November 26, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.6.5 has been released! If you’re wondering where WP 2.6.4 is, it looks like the Automattic team decided to skip that version because of the fake WordPresz release that have been circling the Web. Emphasis below:

Note that we are skipping version 2.6.4 and jumping from 2.6.3 to 2.6.5 to avoid confusion with a fake 2.6.4 release that made the rounds. There is not and never will be a version 2.6.4.

The WP 2.6.5 update contains security fixes to XSS exploits as well as some bug fixes. Peter Westwood also writes about this in detail.

For WordPress MU users, a new release of the same version is also out, addressing more or less the same issues.

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WordPress.org’s Showcase section promotes WP-powered sites that push the envelope

November 1, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Those who wonder whether WordPress should be used for more than just blogs might think twice with the launch of Showcase, a new WordPress.org section which features “some of the best and brightest WordPress users, who are using it to do a whole lot more than blog”.

WordPress.org, WordPress.com, WordPress.com VIP, and WordPress MU users are all welcome to submit their sites. Screenshots are updated almost in real time.

This is definitely a gallery-type site I’d want my site to be featured in! It’s great that WordPress is adding more features to strengthen its user community. I sure hope many Philippine sites make the cut.

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WordPress MU 2.6.2

October 1, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress MU 2.6.2 is a required upgrade with several significant bug fixes, though no urgent security issues (unlike WordPress 2.6.2).

Download the latest version of WordPress MU here.

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WordPress MU 2.6.1

September 4, 2008 | No Comments Yet

In coordination with the last official release of WordPress, WordPress MU 2.6.1 is out. Unlike WP 2.6.1, though, which is a maintenance release, WP MU 2.6.1 is required.

Download the latest version of WordPress MU here.

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WordPress MU 2.6

July 29, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress multi-user or WPMU is now version 2.6, whose code was based on the standard WordPress 2.6 release. You’ll find similar new features like the return of the “Press This!” bookmarklet, Google Gears support, theme previews, and so on. Donncha O Caiomh has more details.

Download WordPress MU 2.6 here.

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WordPress 2.6 Beta 3, WordPress MU 2.6 beta 1 (2.6 final is 1 week away!)

July 10, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The Automattic team continues to push out new updates for the WordPress 2.6 branch, WordPress MU included. Once more Ryan Boren is the bearer of the new beta release, download the zip file here.

He also writes that the final release of WordPress 2.6 is just 1 week away, contrary to the belief that it would come out last July 7. That’s still a reasonable delay, considering everybody’s still getting used to 2.5!

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StayPress is a WordPress-powered Booking System

May 21, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Here’s another neat use of WordPress to add to the list. StayPress is a “property management and bookings system” that can run on either WordPress or WordPress MU.

Of course when I say Property, I actually mean any bookable resource of which there is a finite availability. So the StayPress system will be able to manage property rentals, hotel room rentals, conference rooms and centres, B and B’s, training rooms, bands, etc…

This is a really helpful tool especially for the Philippine real estate and resort companies out there. You’re running out of reasons to not use WordPress!

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BuddyPress is a WordPress MU Social Network Platform

April 1, 2008 | 1 Comment

BuddyPress

If you enjoy all the features of WordPress, particularly its multi-user version WordPress MU, but would like to take it a step further and produce one of the hottest places to be on the web right now, a social network, then BuddyPress might be the solution you’re looking for.

BuddyPress is still essentially blogging software but “removes the main focus of WordPress MU away from blogs, moving it more towards the actual member themselves.” Instead of having blogging as its main feature, it’s now one features in addition to more detailed profile pages, private messaging, friends, groups, status updates, photo albums, and something called The Wire, which is basically where friends can leave messages on one’s profile page ala MySpace comments.

Rolling out a custom social network seems like the next logical step after blogging. In the Philippines, there are a lot of bloggers but there are more of us who more easily understand the likes of Friendster and Multiply. Others believe blogging is the next social network. And that our online social lives can remain scattered across different websites like Twitter and Facebook, too. Will BuddyPress draw in the crowds? Could it equal the likes of KickApps and Ning? We’ll find out soon enough.

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