Archive for December, 2007
Elena, a great designer friend of mine, has put out a new theme via Smashing Magazine called Dilectio and it is definitely interesting and visually appealing.
Here is some text from Smashing:
â€œOver the last year Elena, the creative mind behind Design Disease team, has designed a number of free WordPress themes, as the Smashing WordPress Theme we released as a present for our readers during our One-Year-Anniversary in Septemberâ€™07. Afterwards weâ€™ve contacted Elena and asked if itâ€™s possible to design another WordPress theme for our readers. Elena agreed.
After weâ€™ve discussed the details of the design and the main aims we wanted to achieve, Elena started to do her magic. The result is a fresh, clean, user-friendly and playful WordPress theme â€œDilectioâ€ â€” a smashing Christmas present for Smashing Magazine readers.â€
Grab it now from Smashing Magazine.
If you love the WordPress logo, and want to sport it everywhere you go, they now have hoodies. Winter where I am in Canada, hasn’t gotten all that cold yet, but a nice hooded sweatshirt would be perfect for the current temperatures outside.
They recently put up a post on the WordPress.com about the new gear, and I have to admit it is very tempting. A hooded sweatshirt will run you $32 USD if you live in North or South America, and 16.00 GBP if you live elsewhere.
Check it out at Shop.WordPress.net.
A very urgent and important security release has been put out by the WordPress team. It will hopefully, and likely be the last update until WordPress 2.4.
From the WordPress blog:
WordPress 2.3.2 is an urgent security release that fixes a bug that can be used to expose your draft posts. 2.3.2 also suppresses some error messages that can give away information about your database table structure and limits and stops some information leaks in the XML-RPC and APP implementations. Get 2.3.2 now to protect your blog from these disclosures.
I suggest everyone head on over to the WordPress Download page and upgrade today. It isn’t a major revision and thus shouldn’t cause any issues, but I still recommend backing up your WordPress, as it never hurts to have a backup copy.
There has been some interesting updates on WordPress 2.4 this past week, as listed in the weekly updates via Westi on WordPress.
The latest things to catch my eye include:
- New get_search_feed_link() and get_search_comments_feed_link() template tags
- Addition of a password strength meter to the user profile page
- Addition of pages to the things searched
- Saving of tags when auto-saving
Another thing that will interest people is that the new administration panel design has started showing up as mentioned in the latest post about WordPress on Westi’s blog. I can’t wait to see how it turned out.
Looks like WordPress 2.4 is shaping up nicely.
I am not sure how useful or needed this feature was, but its still fairly neat: gravatars in the dashboard. WordPress.com now has gravatars for people in the dashboard, meaning you can see who you are approving and deleting comments from.
Very cool though I wonder how much this will slow down the WordPress dashboard over the long haul. Thankfully, Automattic owns and hosts Gravatar now, so I doubt it will be much of a slowdown. I wonder if this is one of the many features we can expect for WordPress.org users in the future?
Check out the full details on the WordPress.com blog.
While not using the plugin here, I have always been a big fan of the ShareThis WordPress plugin, and for those of you that haven’t enjoyed the ShareThis 2.0 release due to positioning constraints built into it, check out the new version 2.1b1 which allows you to have more control over the plugin.
Alex King and team do great work on this, and so I highly recommend checking it out.
If you are a WordPress.com blogger, you must be happy with how Automattic is finishing out the year, especially with the latest addition: Enhanced Feeds.
Up until now your feed has been fairly basic. All you got in most aggregators was the post title and the content. Simple to navigate and read, but it left you with so many questions. How do I add this post to del.icio.us? How do I Digg it and has it been Dugg already? I wonder how many comments have been left?
Wonder no longer. Today, your WordPress.com feed can be supercharged with the following fine feed widgets:
1. Comment Count
4. â€œAdd to Del.icio.usâ€ link
5. â€œDigg it!â€ link
6. â€œStumble it!â€ link
Comment Count is turned on by default but you can switch all the features on or off as you please.
I think that’s a great little feature for their RSS feeds that will hopefully get RSS readers back into interacting a little more with the blogs they read in such a manner. Check out the WordPress.com blog for more details.
It looks like the team at WordPress.com have Ajaxified the statistics charts so they no longer refresh the whole page, a welcome change for many. For me this signals that WordPress.com has gotten to the point now where most of the changes are going to be small tweaks, rather than huge releases, and that is a welcome change for the few that have been holding back on jumping over to the hosted blogging platform.
Matt has also said that he intends on making sure WordPress.com users get more updates on the tweaks and changes happening with the service. Thanks Matt!
Have a read through the new improvement on the WordPress.com blog.
Now on version 0.3, the Blog Metrics plugin caught my eye, and is a lot of fun to use, especially on multi-author blogs.
Want to know how many posts a month your blog is averaging? What about how many comments a month? Curious at how many words you have written? Blog Metrics answers all of these questions and more.
Here is some text from its creator:
Avinash Kaushik has done an excellent post about blog metrics today, most of the stats he showed off, like unique visitors, pageviews, subscribers, etc. are ones I’ve been using for quite a while. There were two new “metrics” that I hadn’t used as much up till now, raw author contribution and conversation rate.
Of course I had calculated the average number of comments per post, but I hadn’t thought of removing my own comments from that. Calculating your average number of posts per month also wasn’t new to me, but because of Avinash’s post, I decided to make it a bit easier to do that.
Definitely worth checking out and installing. I can’t wait until it gets to a 1.0 release, as it is already a must have in my arsenal of WordPress plugins. Get it now from Joost de Valk.
Performancing is gearing up for their 2007 Performancing Blog Awards, and right now they are calling for nominations on twenty-five different categories.
Each category will have a single winner, two runners up, and possibly some honorable mentions. Our goal is to highlight the very best that the blogosphere has to offer, and we appreciate any tips/help that the Performancing community can provide to help us make our decisions:
Official Categories For The 2007 Performancing Blog Awards:
1. The Best Overall Blog
2. The Most Influential Blogger
3. The Best Blog Design
4. The Best Blog Typography
5. The Best Blog Name
6. The Best New Blog
7. The Best Blog Community
8. The Most Improved Blog of 2007
9. The Best Blogs You’ve Never Heard Of
10. The Best Blog Podcast
11. The Best Use of a Corporate Blog
12. The Best Video Blog
13. The Best Writing/Blogging Blog
14. The Best Science/Technology Blog
15. The Most Controversial Blog
16. The Best SEO Blog
17. The Best Celeb/Style Blog
18. The Best Business/Money Blogs
19. The Best Photo Blog
20. The Best Sports Blog
21. The Best Blog WebHost
22. The Best Family and Parenting Blog
23. The Best Political Blog
24. The Best Food/Health Blog
25. The Funniest Blog
If you are looking to get your blog, or a blog you really enjoy, some special recognition, now is your chance. Head on over to Performancing, and leave a comment with your nominations.