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):
Nice. It seems everything is updating in preparation for WordPress 3.5. One less ticket than the BuddyPress 1.6.2 update, it also includes a few points of compatibility. Now bbPress is something that I’ve used a lot before and something I’ve considered using even for this community – not sure how it would be implemented but I think there will be a lot more discussion that has (and will) go on beyond every blog post. Thoughts on using some forum software or bbPress? I’d love to keep it in the Automattic-family if possible but no biggie if not.
Well, it looks like LinkedIn and WordPress are ending their sweet sweet relationship as their WordPress app is being let go tomorrow. They are rolling this change in with a new look set to be released as well which boasts a more simplified design, deeper insights, and new ways to “connect” and “build” relationships. I’m not a super-fan of LinkedIn but I have one because some of the sites that I’m apart of literally require an account to get in. But you can still (and perhaps have) drop your WordPress blog content into LinkedIn via Jetpack by connecting the two […]
If you’re in the business of developing WordPress-based themes, plugins, or applications, then one of the most tedious tasks is figured out the best way to sync up the databases that exist between your development, staging, and product-level environments. Sure, the WordPress Import / Export utility is one way to do it (especially if you have it download the files from the existing site), and performing a SQL dump and then importing that into the new site is yet another way you could go about doing it. But what about the case when you’re moving the entire site – that […]