Wow. It’s like everybody and their mother decided to make the first week of the new year a blogging week!
There have been a lot of updates this past week and even more that don’t directly related to WordPress and/or Automattic proper news, but we of course want to provide the best roundup possible so you can still be encouraged, find great resources, and be an even better WordPress uers!
Let us know if we missed anything! For your knowledge, we have 36 links in this update, so don’t forget to hit “Next Page”!
— Norcross (@norcross) December 29, 2012
1. WP RSS Validator
We had a slight issue with our RSS Feeds earlier this week and one of our community members helped us out a bit. Thanks Andrew! Appreciate it! Check out (and bookmark) his WP RSS Validator if you have any feed issues.
2. A Rant Over Premium Themes
Not all rants are worth mentioning but this one was at least entertaining since many of us have experienced it at one point or another. Make sure to “get” the final and bottom-line of his iKreative’s rant:
Bottom line, if you can’t build a website then don’t think you can buy a cheap theme and keep contacting the author to help you build your client site for free, it’s just not cool!
A helpful overview if you find yourself having to do this more and more.
We got some beautiful love from Code Poet and I particularly like her classy description:
WP Daily keeps on top of WordPress community news so you don’t have to. Incisive and prolific, WP Daily covers everything WordPress related — from themes to feature news, to WordPress tattoos (yes, you read that right) and reflective commentary.
No matter whether you’ve been around WordPress since it was b2/cafelog, or you’ve just downloaded v. 3.5 “Elvin” to take it for a spin, you’ll learn something new at WP Daily.
Appreciate that big time Krista!
5. 3 New WordPress.tv Videos
You may not want to miss these three new WP.TV videos that were uploaded last week:
- John Housholder: The Future of WordPress in Nashville
- Michael Toppa: Dependency Injection for WordPress Plugin Development
- Ryan Green: Child Theme Frameworks
To get a preview here are the slides – view the full presentations if it get suits your fancy!
6. WordPress is Looking for Better Stats, Measurement
Jane Wells shares her candid thoughts on what this new initiative is all about:
When I go to conferences like Open Source Bridge and see the other project community managers trotting out their activity stats, a little part of me always dies, because we ain’t got none. Not this year!
Yes, I know our systems aren’t set up well for automated stats. Pretend that’s not the case. For the next two minutes, pretend we live in a world where anything is possible, and suggest any and all stats you think it would good or interesting for us to start tracking.
Don’t worry, Otto will bring us back to earth soon enough.
They are looking for better stat-keeping across the boards, for example:
So head over and give your 2 cents!
7. W3 Total Cache Vulnerability
It was found that the very widely used W3 Total Cache had a security vulnerability that you will want to patch soon if you use it.
8. Templatic Removes Timthumb
There was a big Timthumb scare last year that had a lot of theme developers removing it entirely (although it has stabilized at this point). Templatic revealed last week that they have now gotten rid of it as well from all their themes.
Head over to WP Tuts and get this good overview.
Although reviews like this are highly subjective, it’s worth a look and review of all the “best of” that’s out there. Thanks WP Beginner for throwing your hat in the ring!