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The WordPress Weekend Roundup

It’s been a very full second week of January as people are definitely back in the saddle and writing and publishing great content. Businesses are attempting to hit their stride as they shake off the dust from the winter break and products are being released left and right.

Fantastic for all of us as we continue to grow our own businesses, personal, and professional lives – it’s just tough to keep up with it all! We’ve got nearly 50 resources in this one.

Hope you guys have a fantastic weekend and make sure you check out WordCamp Victoria’s Live Coverage as well!

Embed Stats via WP.COM

Embed Stats via WP.COM

1. Embed Stats via WP.COM

There are some neat WordPress.com stats that cover the amount of embeds that are being used via shortcodes, like Twitter, YouTube, and more.


2. Take Back Your Social Network

This piece is a fantastic argument for blogs… and WordPress via Matt.


3. Why ‘The Daily’ Failed

This was an incredible read by John Gruber about how a promising app really failed. It has much to do about publishing as technology.


4. Focus on Accessibility!

There has been a lot of activity recently around WordPress and accessibility on the Make boards – you have to check these growing conversations out:

Head over there and join the conversation!


5. Page Weight Matters

You need to read this article, especially if you run an online business.


6. BlogDroid – Managed Hosting

We’ve got an upcoming interview with one of the founders to be released this week. They’ve been around for 3 months or so but this is the first time we’ve heard of them.


7. WP Site Care – Managed WordPress Hosting

And yet another solution! They’ve been open since June of last year so a little longer than BlogDroid.

8. BuddyPress 1.6.3 Released

Available immediately is BuddyPress 1.6.3. This security and maintenance release addresses problems with activity commenting and avatar cropping. BP 1.6.3 is a strongly recommended upgrade for all sites running any version of BuddyPress 1.6.


9. WordPress iOS 3.3.1 Released

Rock on.


10. User Roles for the Layman

Michael Brown makes it easy to understand user roles in WordPress.

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  • http://krogsgard.com Brian

    Haha, Krogsalot is a new one. It’s been a while since I’ve heard one that original. For some reason my name is ripe for destroying : )

    Thanks, John

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      of course man! great work. and yes, you are Sir Krogsalot.

    • http://upthemes.com Chris Wallace


  • http://upthemes.com Chris Wallace
  • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ Syed Balkhi

    Nice round up man. Although it would be a faster read if you cut the article screenshots and just listed them. I can see screenshots being useful in some cases… but when you are just taking a screenshot of the web page… it seems a bit overdone.

    Oh and did I mention, thanks for adding WPBeginner to the round up :) Keep rocking it.

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      all that text would get ridiculous – here we’re going the extra step by giving them a visual of what they might be experiencing if they click through. we’re in the age of scanning content and blocks of links is ridiculously-difficult to read.


      • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ Syed Balkhi

        I totally agree with you in terms of providing visual element, and it is great. At the same time, in this day and age our attention span is very short. So making the content fast and easy to consume is also important. Dividing it into 5 pages mainly because there are huge images taking up most of the space is counter productive. I’m certain that this article could have been limited to 2-3 post pages. Thoughts?

        I have done some testing of post pagination with our other site List25 (where all of our posts are paginated). After much testing, we realized that 2 page split was the optimal solution (in terms of load time, time spent on page, pageviews per user that are not on the same article, and lower bounce rate).

        Its also worth trying the combination of small left aligned thumbnails with larger thumbnails in the same article to save vertical space and have a better user experience.

        Again you are the editor in chief, so you know best. I just thought I should put my 2 cents as a regular reader :)

        • http://john.do/ John Saddington

          No, it’s a great conversation piece. We’re looking into the pagination piece and representing the content better. We’re moving fast and haven’t had time to implement 5% of what we’d like to implement.

          Love it dude!

          Also, saw you submitted for WordCamp Atlanta… love for you to hang with us!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelvin.hanratty Kelvin Hanratty

    Perhaps have a smaller screenshot the the left of each point, providing a nice balance between space used & providing people with an indication of the page.

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      love this. great idea.