Akismet has released their 2.5.7 release which is more of a maintenance release fixing minor bugs and including security enhancements. A few of these changes are: Fix a bug displaying the Stats page in some versions of FireFox Fix mshots previews when using https Add .htaccess to block direct access to files Prevent some PHP notices Fix Check For Spam return location when referrer is empty Fix Settings links for network admins Prevent some prepare() warnings in WordPress 3.5
Jetpack, a behemoth of a WordPress plugin with a number of turn-key features, has released their 2.0.3 update whoops, now it’s 2.0.4 after a slight issue with 2.0.3, boasting updates to Photon, their “image accelerator” as well as compatibility with their infinite scroll feature. The custom CSS editor also got hit big with some updates improving the editing experience incorporating support for Sass and LESS, which I’m a personal fan of. The complete list of changes can be seen on the changelog.
This is my personal WordPress Epiphany. You probably can’t go too far into a discussion about blogging before the topic turns to WordPress – maybe two or three sentences at most. Like ham & cheese or tea & bud, they are perfect partners. So one would think that a guy who blogs for others (a social voice for pixels), is all over WordPress – steeping it all day long. The fact is that although I help others install, use and yes blog from it, my personal site was someplace else. I played around with Twitter Bootstrap for some time and […]
Pretty stoked to see our new Hello Dolly podcast on the New and Noteworthy section of iTunes this morning! Thanks all for driving traffic and listening to Episode 0…! It’s obviously gotten the attention of more than a few people and we can’t wait to continue our climb into awesomeness. Thanks for your help! The response has been overwhelmingly positive, which makes Tom shed tears of joy.
Themes are the public face of any site built on WordPress. But as developers, are we thinking too narrowly about how themes can help make our WordPress-powered sites better, more customized, and more complete? Two months ago, I published my first WordPress theme, Groundwork. Inspired by Growth Spark’s GS Starter Theme and Mark Jaquith’s WP Skeleton, at the time I called my attempt an “opinionated starter theme”. What I mean is that in addition to the basics, I also included other elements beyond the reach of traditional themes; elements of the site-building process which takes a sterile theme and makes […]
There have been two blog posts that have been shared immensely recently, both on Smashing Magazine about being a top WordPress developer and a top WordPress professional. Both articles are fantastic and Siobhan McKeown and Jonathan Wold really share some neat insights from their experiences with WordPress. I liked both of them because I have experienced both myself, starting as a WordPress developer (starting at Strayhorn, WordPress v1.5) and then building a successful contracting company and then leading a team that develops a WordPress Theme as it’s core flagship product, thus moving me into the sphere of a WordPress professional. And it all started […]
Jennifer M. Dodd (or better known as @jmdodd on the web) has recently been accepted into the bbPress family with core commit access. She’s been around since bbPress 2 and has been commended by many for her contributions to the plugin: Jennifer has been a prolific bbPress plugin developer and core contributor since bbPress 2 was first introduced. Her ability to iterate and improve on core patches, her outstanding communication skills, and her knowledge of the codebase, make her a great addition to the bbPress team. We’re stoked to see this type of enthusiasm be rewarded with even greater opportunity and […]
One of the best things about the open source community is that you’re constantly working with a team of people to build something that’s larger than what a single person or small team could do well in such a short amount of time. This is applicable to plugins, themes, and even WordPress itself. The challenge, though, is that you may be working with a group of people who you don’t really know beyond the bug tickets they submit, or the issues they resolve.
One of the new features of WordPress 3.5 that probably has developers most excited about is the addition of Backbone.js and Underscore.js to WordPress core. I am especially excited to learn how it will be utilized and hopefully extended and built on top of. Adding a MVC (Model, View Controller) framework like this to WordPress is helping the cause to consider it as a true web framework and able to build web applications on top of it. I’m sure that will make Tom very happy and I’m sure he’s prepping some blog posts to help explain more (perhaps):