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Archive for September, 2007

Heads Up News on WordPress 2.3

Lorelle has put together a comprehensive guide of all the WordPress 2.3 news that is hitting the blogosphere.

It looks like there are an amazing number of people covering everything to do with the version coming soon.

In summary, tags will be built-in, and new Plugins and utilities for importing different Tag Plugins are being released. Changes to the database will break some WordPress Plugins that deal with tables for categories, so check the new WordPress 2.3 Plugin Compatibility List.

Check out Lorelle’s post for a great list of links to help you understand WordPress 2.3 better.

Categories: WordPress News

10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.3

Aaron Brazell has released his 10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.3 post on Technosailor and if you really want to be “in the know” about WordPress 2.3 which will have its final release in less than a week, I suggest you check out this post.

It covers things like tags, update notifications and what all these things mean. He goes over many of the new additions that will make developers happy as well.

Here is just a snippet from that post:

Observant users may notice that there is no way to edit those tags, manage a list of tags, or delete tags. I will point out that, there are already plugins that add management tools to WordPress for tagging and the development team has purposefully taken a “wait and see” approach to tags in this release. It does not make a lot of sense to add tons of UI that is later discovered to be superfluous or rarely used. Instead, they have opted to wait and see what plugins become popular with an open mind about possible integration in future releases.

Check it out on Technosailor.

Categories: WordPress News, WordPress Tips

WordPress 2.3 Release Candidate 1 Released

If you have been waiting for the first release candidate to try out WordPress 2.3, then that day has arrive. This morning on the development blog, they let everyone know that with less than a week to the final release, WordPress 2.3 RC1 has been put out into the world.

They also give a word of warning for anyone thinking of heading down the RC1 road:

Although we consider this release candidate to be stable, keep in mind that this is still pre-release software. You may find some lingering bugs. Please back up your database before upgrading. If you have problems with RC1, you will not be able to revert back to your previous release without a database backup.

Check out the full post on the WordPress Development blog.

Categories: WordPress News

Top 10 Tips for driving traffic AWAY from your website

Ben over at Binary Moon has written a post about driving traffic away from your website. I love posts like these that help you avoid pitfalls that you might come across, or already be doing.

He lists some of my top annoyances in his post like:

Snap.com previews. Snap.com offer a way to add “previews” to external websites you link to on your pages. By previews I mean tiny screenshots that pop up on mouse over. In my mind they offer no value to visitors whatsoever. All they do is slow down the page load, and get in the way of the content I actually want to read. There is a way to remove them but it relies on cookies in your browser, this seems cumbersome to me so I used the Adblock Firefox extension to block their entire domain. No Snap.com for me thank you very much. And thankfully, I’m not the only person who dislikes them – Lorelle, and many others have the same opinions.

Read the full list of reasons over on Binary Moon.

Categories: Blogging Tips

Change Your Passwords Regularly

Something that most of us bloggers probably never think about is our passwords. We set them up in WordPress, out FTP, and e-mail, and leave them the same forever.

Over on Daily Blog Tips, there is a post recommending we switch it up from time to time like many corporations force people to do.

In order to avoid problems you should change your important passwords (e.g., WordPress, web server, FTP and so on) at least a couple of times every year.

Maybe this would be a good plugin for someone to develop for WordPress? Something that makes passwords expire every four months or so. Great post from Daily Blog Tips.

Categories: Blogging Tips

Can a Blog Get Too Much Exposure?

Over on Problogger.net, Darren asks a very good question, and backs it up with the the insane attention certain events and services have been getting over the last little while. I have seen more posts about BlogRush than I ever care to see about one single product or service.

I was over at Techmeme earlier today and after scanning through the latest stories there realized that TechCrunch is mentioned over 60 times on the front page. I did a keyword density test on the page and the word TechCrunch was the most common on the page with a keyword density approaching 3%.

Of course, this is partly because the TechCrunch40 conference is going on at the moment so there’s more than normal buzz going on – but I guess it’s made me wonder whether a blog can suffer from overexposure in a niche.

Check out Darren’s post, and let me know what you think. Is there really such thing as over exposure for a site? Would the side effects be negative at all?

Categories: Blogging News

Adding WordPress 2.3 Tags to a Theme

Matt Mullenweg linked to a post on Aiming for Independence about adding the new tags to your WordPress theme.

Thankfully, much like categories, it is a simple adjustment, requiring only another bit of WordPress specific template code.

>?php the_tags(‘before’, ’separator’, ‘after’); ?<

I, for one, am glad it is so simple to implement and I hope most theme makers will update their themes to include this functionality.

My biggest question is “what will happen if we take the newly updated theme, and place it on a blog running a previous version of WordPress?”

Is there some way to check which version of WordPress is being run, or will we have to put out a WordPress 2.3 only version of each and every theme?

Categories: WordPress News

WordPress Podcast: Episode 29

In the latest episode of the WordPress Podcast, Charles and Aaron are joined by Lorelle.

They go over a variety of WordPress stories over the last little while, focusing on different WordPress oriented meetups and conferences as well as the upcoming WordPress 2.3.

Listen to the full episode on the WordPress Podcast blog.

Categories: WordPress News

I am Not One of the Top 50 Most Influential Bloggers

North x East has released a beautiful looking list of the 50 most influential bloggers and while there are many great names in blogging on the list, sadly I wasn’t listed. (I probably ranked 51st or something…)

There are literally millions of bloggers out there, each of them with their own voice and style, and yet in the blogging world, a handful stand out. These are the movers and shakers. When they speak, the blogging world listens. These are our Fifty Most Influential Bloggers, and if you don’t know them, you need to.

Are there others out there who matter? Sure there are – they just didn’t make this list. Is the list in perfect order? No, that would be impossible – every person on this list is important, and depending on what’s important to you, they might rank higher or lower on the scale than what they have here.

But what’s important is that these bloggers – and some of them are much more than just bloggers – are influential beyond the norm. The voices of these fifty bloggers reverberate throughout the blogosphere. They have had ideas that spread like viruses, and have styles that are mimicked by numerous others. They’ve created major blogs that have major audiences.

You can expect to see people like John Chow, Robert Scoble, and Darren Rowse on the list. This article has been working as great link bait for North x East, as many of the bloggers listed have linked to the post, increasing North x East’s status in the blogosphere. A cool list, and a smart move by North x East. Check out their full list.

Categories: General

WordPress 2.3 Beta 3 Released

The final beta of WordPress 2.3 has been released. After this they do some release candidates, and then release the final WordPress 2.3 on September 24th.

From the Development Blog:

Beta 3, the third and final beta for WordPress 2.3, is now available. Many bugs have been fixed since the second beta, and we could use your help finding and fixing more bugs in preparation for the first Release Candidate due next Monday. The standard disclaimer for betas applies. Beta 3 is pre-release software that is still being tested.

I would love to hear what people think of WordPress 2.3 so far.

Categories: WordPress News