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Get Ready for WordPress 3.0

WordPress logoThose of you who actively look at what kind of news is presented to you in your WordPress dashboard already know WordPresss 3.0 beta 1 is released just before the weekend. Even though the actual release of WordPress 3.0 will be at least a couple of weeks away, it’s good to be prepared to the new stuff which WordPress 3.0 will bring to the table.

You of course already knew WordPress 3.0 will be sporting a brand new default theme, named Twenty Ten, but there are quite a few more new features that can improve your WordPress experience. Instead of listing every single feature, I thought it would be nice to make a list of those who already wrote about WordPress 3.0. Read More

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WordPress Upgrades Gravatar Profiles (Adds Verification)

In an age where every tech company is launching online profiles to help people find the real you (a huge problem online), WordPress goes one step further by not only spicing up its Gravatar feature, but by forcing users to verify that they really do own the links.

(Official WordPress Blog) What if your Gravatar wasn’t just an image that showed up when you comment, but you could attach more of yourself to it to better represent your style, flair, and personality not just with more photos but with links to all the cool stuff you’re doing around the web. [...]

You’ll find some cool features on the new profiles: you can have a gallery of your favorite photos, add a variety of contact methods, and link your other profiles. Every linked account is verified so you know it’s not an impostor, and we also might be able to do cool stuff in the future like aggregate your content or update your avatar in multiple places when you update Gravatar.

Ensuring that links added to your profile are verified helps fight of fake profiles, which spammers might create in order to draw traffic to various pages (all the while claiming to be you).

WordPress allows users to link to profiles on not only various social networks (like Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed, etc.) but also profiles from other blogging platforms as well (with the exception of Typepad, who is mysteriously absent).

The feature is thus far in beta (so the profiles are not public yet), but bloggers should seriously consider creating a Gravatar profile (regardless of platform) in order to help avoid misidentification online (and yes, I speak from experience).

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WordPress Plugin Recommendation: Zen, Distraction Free Writing Environment

One of the both better and more annoying factors of WordPress is the huge amount of core features. Of course it is great to work with a platform which makes almost everything possible but this can also take away from your focus.

I am a big fan of taking out clutter, focusing on what really matters and love to simplify both life and working environment. The WordPress dashboard is well thought out, and popular, but I am the first one to launch an external writing application such as OmmWriter or WriteRoom, helping me focus just on content, especially when writing longer entries. For many smaller projects I am involved in, I prefer ‘simpler’ platforms than WordPress, platforms focusing more on blogging rather than on being the awesomest, most complete or extendable platform.

Enter Zen, a distraction free writing environment for WordPress by Mohammad Jangda. Read More

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WordPress iPhone App To Receive Stats, VideoPress And Push Notifications (Oh My!)

After Automattic showered Blackberry and Android lovers with some WP love, it looks as if iPhone fans may receive not only push notifications, but WordPress stats within the iPhone app as well.

(WordPress For iPhone) One of the most requested features for the WordPress iPhone app has been to include site statistics such as pageviews per post, referrals, and the like inside the app. In fact, according to this trac ticket from 17 months ago, it’s been something we’ve wanted to do for a very long time. [...]

What I’d love to know is what would people like to see both data wise, and visually, from inside the WordPress for iPhone app – and if something like push notification for stats would be of interest ? [sic]

Having push notifications for stats would be awesome, enabling bloggers to respond to traffic spikes resulting from a breaking news article, a controversial post or (God forbid) a DDoS attack. Read More

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WordPress Creating An Official Nokia App, But None For Palm Pre?

After releasing official apps for Blackberry and Android phones (not to mention updating their iPhone app), it looks like WordPress will be releasing an official Nokia app in the not so distant future.

(Official WordPress Blog) We are very excited to share with all of you that in the coming weeks we’ll be opening up a beta test for the official Open Source WordPress for Nokia app. For developers who are interested in getting involved, we just opened-up a dev blogwith details, links to the source code and trac tickets, and an early alpha build. We’ll be leveraging the Qt framework which means will be able to support both the S60 and Maemo platforms.

WordPress has already created an official blog for Nokia, although right now it is currently protected. Read More

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WordPress Updates iPhone App (Makes A Million Spammers Cry)

Right on the heels of the launch of their Blackberry and Android brethren, it looks like iLovers have finally received several updates to the WordPress app–all of them dealing with comment moderation.

(WordPress for iPhone) I’m very excited about this new version which is focused on improved comment moderation including:

  • Reply to Comments
  • Edit Comments
  • Highlighting the new items in the comment list

We hope this release will make the comment experience on the go much more enjoyable and useful.

These latest features should make it easier for bloggers to not only weed out the trolls, flamers and spammers who make a living harassing others, but also help them engage with their vocal audience (which is a good idea if you want to maintain a loyal following). Read More

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WordPress For Blackberry 1.0 Launches, Puts The iPhone App To Shame

Right after WordPress launched their Android app, the WP crew finished the final touches on their Blackberry app that rivals the one they built upon Google’s mobile OS.

Somewhere in the dark my iPhone cries out in jealousy. Read More

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WordPress Android App Will Support Video Uploading (Native Stats Too)

After stumbling upon signs that WordPress was creating an Android app earlier this year, Mashable broke the news that the app has officially entered Google’s playground, thanks in part to Dan (from wpToGo).

While the WordPress team has created a video highlighting many impressive features (note: reply to comments within the app?! Dude!), what’s really interesting is WordPress’s plans to add video support and native stats within the app itself. Read More

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The New Category, Tag, And Page Templates Introduced In WordPress 2.9

This is a guest entry by Mark Mc Williams. Mark is known in the WordPress scene as @wpkid. In this entry he discusses the new page template options in WordPress 2.9.


With the release of WordPress 2.9 it brought in many new features, but a couple in particular I quite liked, and think they’d be very useful when building client websites or working on your own. Not just that, but out of every other release post, I never saw this mentioned once.

Up First The category-slug.php Template

Before it was added, all you had available was the standard category.php template file which we’re all aware of, along with category-id.php which would have been used by some developers if they needed to show different layouts for each category archive. The trouble starts though if you’ve got 2 or 3 files like category-2.php, category-30.php and category-17.php then it get’s a little confusing if you forget what ID goes with which category! Read More

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WordPress 2.9.1 Released

After the festive season the dev crew has released an update for WordPress 2.9. WordPress 2.9.1 is a bugfix release and contains no new features. If you have waited updating to 2.9, now is the time to upgrade as most issues have been resolved.

Issues with scheduled posts should be resolved and the same applies to feed parsing errors in the admin dashboard. Update your blogs now via the build-in updater or download the latest WordPress update now.

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