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Archive for April, 2007

WordPress.com Additions

The folks at WordPress.com have added some new features to the mix, a contact form that filters contact text through Akismet, a Box.net file sharing widget, which gives you a gig of free storage and the ability to use more slide show services, like Slideshare.net and Slide.com.

If you are a WordPress.com user, at least one of these features will probably appeal to you. I think the contact form is something that was a long time coming, and I am glad it is here and even better that the contact information is filtered through the Akismet service.

Categories: WordPress News

WordPress Podcast: Episode 23

In the latest episode of the WordPress Podcast, we have a special guest, Aaron Brazell of b5media come on the show. It was great having him on there, and it definitely added some laughs to the show, as well as some length.

So for those of you that thought they could listen to Charles and I for hours on end, this episode will be a test of that, clocking in at almost 54 minutes long.

We talk about the WordPress 2.2 delay, and the people accepted to the Google Summer of Code project to work on WordPress as well as some plugins and feedback, including giving an opinion on the whole theme sponsorship craziness.


Check out Episode 23
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Categories: WordPress News

Scoble Loves Akismet

When you create a service for people to use, it is always great when people leave nice reviews of what you have created, so Matt and Automattic must be very happy to see Robert Scoble singing its praises.

I just took a short nap. About an hour and a half.
While I was sleeping on the couch Akismet blocked 453 spams from getting into my comments here.
I’m getting more than 10,000 comment spams on some days. It’s really amazing how good a job Akismet does.

If you haven’t tried Akismet, which can now work on a variety of different applications, including of course WordPress, then you should.

Categories: Blogging News

BloggyNetwork: Pay per Post vs Flat-Fee

Ahmed has posted an interesting behind the scenes look at the payment model for Bloggy Network. It is interesting to note that Bloggy Network is one of the few, nearly only blog networks that pays a flat fee.

So when it came to Bloggy Network and our paid bloggers, we never took on a pay-per-post model. I absolutely hate it. Successful blogs produce compelling content. They are insightful, interesting, and require some research. When a person is being paid per post, what motivation does he/she have in producing excellence? A pay per post model, imo, simply encourages people to post as often as you want. Of course there is a certain level of editorial control, but defining requirements is a non-trivial task. It isn’t fun.

Read Ahmed’s full post on Tech Soapbox, it’s an interesting look at how things are run in the network that pays my bills.

Categories: Blogging News

WordPress Theme: Dark

If you are a big fan of the blog designs used by Bartelme Design’s blog, then you’ll be happy to know that he has moved on to a new design, and thus a new freely available theme has been released. iLemoned did the coding for this release and overall between the design and coding, this is going to be a popular theme. It’s amazing in design with its many shades of blue and touches of green.

Check out Dark, and give it a download.

Categories: WordPress Themes

WordPress Plugin: Random Redirects

Matt Mullenweg has released a new plugin for 2.1 and above called Random Redirects, and it does exactly what its name implies. You click on a link, and it brings you to a random post from your blog.

From the plugin information:

Allows you to create a link to yourblog.example.com/?random which will redirect someone to a random post on your blog, in a StumbleUpon-like fashion.

Already more than four hundred people have implemented the plugin, including TechCrunch.

Categories: WordPress Plugins

Matt Says 2.0.x For Non-Serious Bloggers

I know this is a little tabloid, but I thought it was interesting. I have stated my opinion on the WordPress podcast a few times that people should switch to 2.1, as the auto-save feature alone was worth it, but Matt Mullenweg has gone a step farther saying that people serious about their blogs don’t use the 2.0.x branch.

This comes from a recent plugin addition by Matt allowing random redirects which isn’t compatible with the 2.0.x branch of WordPress.

He says and I quote, “I have no plans to make it compatible with 2.0. If you’re serious about your blog, you should be on 2.1.”.

Did he go a little too far in saying that? Well maybe, but it does show that while they do support the older branch for security releases, Matt, himself, doesn’t support the idea of sticking with it for your blog.

Check out the post yourself. There hasn’t been much feedback on what Matt has said as of yet, but it is probably better to focus on the nifty plugin he released anyways.

Categories: WordPress News

Blogger & Podcaster Magazine

I just took a look at the online edition of the Blogger & Podcaster magazine, and other than the audio and video advertising within its pages, I was really impressed. People like Leo Laporte and Scoble were interviewed for the premier edition, and overall it looks very professional, something the industry needs to see more of.

If you are interested in Podcasting or Blogging, you might want to check it out. It is a fun read, though I wish I could get the actual magazine to read, the $99 USD fee for International subscriptions ($79 for continental USA), is a bit too steep for me right now. A big thumbs up to Larstan Publishing for putting it out there.

Categories: General

Blogger & Podcaster Magazine

I just took a look at the online edition of the Blogger & Podcaster magazine, and other than the audio and video advertising within its pages, I was really impressed. People like Leo Laporte and Scoble were interviewed for the premier edition, and overall it looks very professional, something the industry needs to see more of.

If you are interested in Podcasting or Blogging, you might want to check it out. It is a fun read, though I wish I could get the actual magazine to read, the $99 USD fee for International subscriptions ($79 for continental USA), is a bit too steep for me right now. A big thumbs up to Larstan Publishing for putting it out there.

Categories: General

No Tags in WordPress 2.2?

Well, it looks like tags won’t be making the 2.2 release, as Matt and team systematically remove the recent addition.

This will hopefully allow them to have a release out by the first week of may, if all goes well. Some people will be rather annoyed at the backpedaling of features for WordPress 2.2, and honestly, I am one of them. I would rather see the team take their time, delay a release until June with the tagging feature properly implemented and tested, rather than removing it due to potential issues.

The current plan seems to be to delay adding it until the 2.3 release of WordPress, allowing them a lot of time to test what Matt has called “a pretty critical building block of WP going forward.”

Categories: WordPress News