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Archive for March, 2009

WordPress Weekly: Matt Mullenweg Live on March 20th

For those that don’t listen to WordPress Weekly (hey, what’s wrong with you!?), we will be having Matt Mullenweg live on the show on March 20th, from 8pm to 9pm Eastern. If you have ever wanted to ask him a question, I suggest you be in the live chat room, or call in.

It should be an interesting time. Also, if you have any questions for Matt, please leave them in the comments, and I will try to compile together some of the best to ask him.

If you have twitter, I’d love if you’d let everyone know by tweeting out something like the following:
“WordPress Weekly will have Matt Mullenweg on March 20th, 8pm”

Categories: WordPress News

Logo Design Trends for 2009

First Web Designer has a nice post up reflecting some logo design trends that they have witnessed.

It is always interesting to me to see how people brand themselves, and I think a logo can say a great deal about a brand, and its goals. That being said, I also wonder if with a big site like LogoPond, if you couldn’t find at least three or four logos in the last few months under almost any “trend”.

I enjoyed the selections though, and would love to hear about any of you using the trends listed on that post.

Categories: Interesting

WPLookup – The Google Search of WordPress Functions

I have always found the codex to be too difficult sometimes, and the search has always been very ineffective, especially when I am looking for something as simple as a WordPress function.

WPLookup tries to help fix that issue by providing a simple search interface for connecting you to various codex function pages quickly.

It looks as though the originator just connected various keywords to various codec pages.

It is definitely an interesting start to what could be a great project, and product, but I worry that WordPress’ own site will eventually get a better search, thus negating some of the usefulness of this site.

Categories: WordPress News

Blogging on the Go

This is a guest post by Brad Leclerc. Brad is a writer for Cogniview, the leading producer of PDF to excel conversion tools.

No need to stay stuck to that desk these days.Traditionally writing was something people did while tied down to a desk. Whether using paper, a typewriter, or a computer, if you were writing, you were most likely at your desk. If you were away from that desk when you thought of a great idea, you’d have to take notes and reconstruct them into an article/story/etc later once you got back to that desk.

Thankfully that’s getting to be less and less of a problem, which is extremely important with the explosion of blogging.

There are many ways to get some writing done from wherever you happen to be when you feel the need or desire to write. There are many ways to blog (or write anything really) instantly, from wherever you are. Each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages compared to going and sitting at that desktop system. Let’s look at the three major ways people blog on the go… Read More

Categories: Blogging Resources

Adii on Frameworks: No Love

Adii, a well known WordPress theme developer has put up a post on his blog about WordPress Theme Frameworks, and his opinions regarding them.

He makes his own opinions perfectly clear in his post saying things like:

A framework per definition includes features & functions that are not necessarily going to be used, which means it does a helluva lot of different things from a bunch of different people. Great. But consider that when 75% of those features aren’t used by the end-user, that your code suddenly becomes bloated like hell. Instead of having to make quick / easy tweaks to the code base now; the user has to delete the code that they’re not using (i.e. to clean things up).

Unfortunately, as you can see in the comments of his post, others don’t agree with him. I am one of those people, as I believe that increasing the “code bloat” in themes, will continue to lower the barrier for entry when it comes to WordPress users and customizing their blogs.

Once you get to a certain level of programming knowledge, it can be easy to forget how difficult things are to non-coders, and as such the vision of the developer becomes clouded in that respect, and I believe Adii’s vision is clouded on this subject, as he continues to defend his position of mis-understanding with regards to the benefits of feature filled WordPress themes.

What do you think, do we still need to lower the barrier for entry when it comes to customizing WordPress blogs or is everyone able to edit theme files, CSS and more?

You can read his full post on his blog

Categories: WordPress News

Non-Traditional Uses of WordPress

I love to see WordPress extended, and manipulated in weird ways. My favourite post thus far has been Raj Dash’s 48 Unique Ways To Use WordPress, but has released their own list of non-traditional uses for WordPress.

They cover some of the things we’ve seen before like the contact manager, but also show some cool things like using WordPress as a Membership directory.

If you are interested in extending WordPress in weird and wonderful ways, these two posts will probably give you some ideas of how far WordPress can be pushed, mostly through the use of plugins and themes.

Categories: WordPress Hacks

Who’s Who in WordPress

Over on Theme Playground, there is a great article up with information on fifty great WordPress related personalities, from Automattic staff, to theme makers, plugin developers and more.

I am not just pointing this out because I was fortunate enough to be included in this list, but also because I love to see posts that point out WordPress rockstars like Alex King, Brian Clark, and many more.

The list includes the person’s website and their twitter information which is a great way to build out a list of people you want to follow.

I highly recommend checking this article out, and if you have any other WordPress rockstars you’d like to see highlighted in the future, please comment here.

Categories: WordPress News