Ian Stewart & Viper007Bond join Automattic; “Theme Team” in the works

March 9, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Aside from his theme Kirby becoming the basis for 2010, the next default WordPress theme, Ian Stewart has announced that he joined Automattic as its new Theme Wrangler. Aside from this, he shared news that a “Theme Team” is being formed and that his own site, ThemeShaper, will be its home.

ThemeShaper will become a public-facing blog for the Theme Team now assembling at Automattic. A place where we can help provide the best possible experience for everyone involved in WordPress theming; from the noobiest of beginners to the most powerful of WordPress wizards.

The state of WordPress theme development has made leaps and bounds in the past few years, so it’s great to see an even bolder step taken with Ian and the Theme Team.

Another prominent contributor to the WordPress community got picked up. Viper007Bond, known for his plugins like Viper’s Video Quicktags and YOURLS, also announced that he’s joining Automattic full-time. He didn’t, however, mention any special plans on the plugin development front, but it makes sense for that to come along later on.

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An early look at WordPress.org Profiles

September 4, 2009 | 1 Comment

WP Tavern reports on the first instance of BuddyPress running on an official WordPress site: WP Profiles.

While we briefly talked about this during episode 70 of WordPress Weekly with Andy Peatling, today during the early part of the WordPress developer chat, Jane Wells passed on a link to http://profiles.wordpress.org which is the first public instance of BuddyPress in action on the WordPress.org domain

On the front page is a list of the recently active members. Click on one of them to view his/her profile, which lists contributions to the WordPress project, particularly the following sections: Plugins, Support forums, Ideas, and Trac. From that you can deduce that if you have an account at WordPress.org, you can login to WP Profiles.

One of its more important features is the ability to add oneself to the Consultants List. WordPress professionals can opt to have their names listed in the WordPress consultants list, presumably this page or something similar on WordPress.org. That’s instant exposure for your business, courtesy of the official WordPress site itself!

The WP Profiles site is a good example of taking BuddyPress to the next level with a custom members site, and of course increasing the social aspect of the official WordPress community site. But is this also a hint at the previous cryptic announcement at WordCamp San Francisco that WordPress.org and WordPress MU are going to merge?

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WordPress seminars in Davao from July 3-4

June 30, 2009 | 2 Comments

Heads up, Mindanao folks! There are two WordPress seminars coming to your area—Davao City, to be specific—this July. WordPress for Bloggers and WordPress as a CMS. Fees vary from Php150 (students) to Php450 per person. Here’s the sked:

SEMINAR 1: WORDPRESS AS CMS

Date: 3 July 2009 (Friday)
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Venue: Lane Systems conference room, Wheels n’ More Drive, J.P. Laurel Ave., Bajada, Davao City (in the compound where Urban Club & AutoShop are located)
Fee: ?450 per person
This seminar will tackle the fundamentals of the WordPress engine: the templating system; built-in PHP functions for delivering & manipulating content; design elements; introduction to theme & plugin design. Installation and maintenance best practices will also be included. Prerequisites: PHP, XHTML & CSS.

SEMINAR 2: WORDPRESS FOR BLOGGERS

Date: 4 July 2009 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00 – 6:00 P.M.
Venue: PhilNITS Lab, 5/F Mintrade Bldg, Monteverde cor. Sales Sts. (this is the building where DTI-11 is located; at the ground floor is PNB)
Fee: ?300 per person | Student rate: ?150
The seminar for bloggers will feature advanced coverage on WordPress deployment & utilization: how to make the most out of your self-hosted WordPress installation. Important topics: theme management; plugin management; SEO basics; introduction to the world of server hosting. Bonus topic: AdSense integration and optimization, c/o Lyle Santos.

Sign up here. How I wish there were something like this in the metro! We’ll have to be a little more patient for the upcoming WordCamp Philippines, then.

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WordCamp Philippines theme and plugin developer profiles

June 19, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Calling all Filipino WordPress theme and plugin developers! WordCamp Philippines is compiling a list of developer profiles and plans to feature them on a special section on their website.

As part of our activities running up to WordCamp Philippines 2009, we’d like to feature you right here. Wouldn’t it be great to have a section on this site containing all Filipino contributors to the further development of WordPress? Once we have enough of you guys in the database, we’ll publish a Philippine WordPress Developers section on WordCamp.ph.

Tangkilikin ang gawang Pinoy! This is a great next step in strengthening the local WordPress community. Sign up here.

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WordPress plugin developers still need good business model

June 16, 2009 | No Comments Yet

There’s been a lot of talk about how to earn money from WordPress themes, including whether or not such methods comply with the GPL it possesses. Now it’s the plugins that need addressing. Kevin Eklund of ToMuse discusses this issue in depth.

Many developers reach a point at which they are simply unable to continue long-term support their plugins. This is largely due to the maintenance and support costs incurred for their plugins which far exceed the revenue generated by the donation based business model which most plugin developers utilize.

He then lists alternative business models for developers: premium, freemium, paid support, and ad-supported.

WordPress is a flourishing community and a potentially good source of income, so we have high hopes for the hard working folks who have made the publishing platform as beautiful and flexible as it is today.

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WordCamp Philippines 2009 is coming!

May 30, 2009 | 1 Comment

Preparations for the second ever WordCamp Philippines have begun, as announced by Blogie Robillo and the rest of the Mindanao Bloggers. It’s pretty early to tell what this event will be like, but we’ve got several pieces of information already, like the tentative venue (Asian Institute of Management), another mini WordCamp in Davao, and a new website, WordCamp.ph, courtesy of dotPH. Expect an organizational meeting within the coming week.

How can you help? Easy peasy:

We are now calling for volunteers for the various committees (logistics, tech, food & refreshments, etc). If you would like to be a speaker at WordCamp, let me know! And if you have suggestions on topics to be presented / discussed at WordCamp, do leave a comment right here.

Are you excited yet? I know I am! New to WordCamp? Check out how last year’s went down.

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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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Achieving ultimate SEO satisfaction with WordPress

May 22, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Andy Beard has an extremely detailed article on tweaking WordPress themes and plugins to achieve real SEO satisfaction on your blog. He tackles two key elements, first link priority and referential integrity, and covers a lot of tips that will be of great interest for theme and plugin authors with an SEO slant.

I don’t think there is one “premium” WordPress Theme that doesn’t claim to be perfect for SEO “out-of-the-box”, so I thought I would bash some theme developer heads around and maybe knock some sense into them.

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That doesn’t leave WordPress SEO plugins off the hook, there isn’t one plugin that gets beyond 60:40 or with some tweeking possibly 70:30, depending on what factors you feel are important, or are aware of.

As for bloggers looking for that “perfect” SEO theme or plugin, don’t be so easily convinced—it takes a lot of tweaking to get optimum results. Of course, he also talks about the simple solution: while making great content is top priority, you still need to “think like an SEO & Marketer”.

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Get to know the “rockstars” of WordPress

May 13, 2009 | No Comments Yet

We Rock WP

The term “rockstar” has been pretty popular in the WordPress community but how this site has taken it to a whole new level. It’s not your typical showcase of well-designed sites rocking WordPress, but of people! Specifically, individuals who have done a great job in improving the WordPress brand, whether as designers, developers, or evangelists. Which is why you’ll probably recognize a lot of the names and faces on WeRockWP.

And if you don’t, time to get to know them!

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WordPress Plugin Competition 2009

May 9, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Weblog Tools Collection is back with its annual WordPress Plugin Competition, the breeding ground for some of the most useful plugins in the community, e.g.:

The rules are pretty much the same as the previous years, so check out these steps for participating this year. Join here.

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Top 10 WordPress plugin developers

December 29, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Here’s a nice twist to the usual top 10 plugin list you can find on WordPress.org: the Top 10 WordPress Plugin Developers. Automattic chief (Chief BBQ Taste Tester, that is!) Matt Mullenweg is at number 2.

  1. Michael Torbert
  2. Matt Mullenweg
  3. Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan
  4. Arne Brachhold
  5. Andy Skelton
  6. Alex Rabe
  7. Oliver Seidel
  8. Joost de Valk
  9. Donncha O Caoimh
  10. Vladimir Prelovac

I think it’s a great way to check out new plugins aside from the ones we already know and love. And how about leaving them a tip or at least some kind words for all the hard work they’ve done (especially now during the holidays).

Check out the bonus special mentions too—makes for interesting WordPress trivia!

(Via Weblog Tools Collection)

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Winners of the WordPress Plugin Competition 2.5 announced

September 16, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Download some highly useful WordPress plugins from the winners of the recently-concluded WordPress Plugin Competition 2.5 by Weblog Tools Collection:

Vote2Publish
Best WPMU compatible plugin, First Prize

WPWall
Best WPMU compatible plugin, Consolation Prize

Prelovac
Consolation Prize

WP Easy Uploader
Third Prize

Manageable
Second Prize

WP Comment Remix
Grand Prize

Congratulations to all the participants (who each received $10 for their efforts)!

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Share your ideas to the WordPress Plugin Competition 2.5

May 19, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The WPCandy team is asking for your ideas for their entries to the WordPress Plugin Competition 2.5.

If your plugin gets chosen, we’ll give you credit inside the code and with a post here linking back to your blog. Remember though, your idea can’t be something that already exist! It has to be totally new and of course, it’s going to be GPL.

Even better is that should they win the contest, they’ll give away the prize to one of their readers! Great way for everybody in the WordPress community to participate in this plugin competition.

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Join the WordPress Plugin Competition 2.5

May 1, 2008 | 2 Comments

Weblog Tools Collection announced an all-new WordPress plugin development contest. It will run from May 10 to July 10. Standard rules apply, such as the code must be licensed with GPL. No word yet on the prizes, but that should come along soon.

I think this is a great way for Filipinos to get recognized for their coding efforts, and knowing how big WordPress is in this country, it shouldn’t be too hard to convince fellow Pinoy bloggers to join!

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