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”!
We’ve told you a few times and we’ll keep telling you confidently – we are listening to you and your needs and many of you have requested that we create access to our Hello Dolly Podcast directly, instead of just via iTunes. Well, there’s been a lot of work around these parts and so the so-called simple things like setting up a direct feed isn’t something we can magically pull out of a hat – but, we managed to get something set up for those that want it directly: HelloDolly.fm, which should redirect to: http://feeds.feedburner.com/hello-dolly Luckily we managed to grab a simple […]
As Marty mentioned in his plugin roundup, 2012 was an exciting year for WordPress users and, in particular, plugin developers. With plugin development on this rise in the WordPress community, with individuals and premium WordPress shops diversifying their offering away from being purely themes, there is a wealth of ever-growing knowledge and development happening in the plugins space. As a WordPress developer, I take great joy from developing and using plugins that are clean and simple in their intention and perform one or two simple tasks. I also appreciate elegant code and scalable solutions, provided by WordPress plugins, for common […]
It’s now even easier to browser the incredible collection of WordPress plugins that are available to VIP customer as well as self-hosted users of WordPress. This curated list of plugins help some of the larger WordPress installations stay engaged with their community with neat features, functionalities, and value. The obvious incentive for you to use some of these plugins is the confidence that comes with knowing that they were produced, developed, and released in part by Automattic themselves (or highly endorsed and audited) for their paid customers. That confidence alone puts these plugins on the top of the list as […]
I am a firm believer that you want everyone to visit your website that can. Why on earth would you limit your possible reader base? As a blogger, and a CSS neat freak, I always aim to make my sites as fast as possible. It’s great for SEO, it’s great on your host, but most of all it’s awesome for your readers. As a blogger, server admin, or whatever it is you do with your Platform, should always reconsider changes you have made in the past. Always! This is where the Facebook Comments come in. It is another plugin? Does […]
Do you remember Blo.gs? It was acquired by Automattic back in April of 2009 and it doesn’t appear, at least on the outside, that much has happened. I mean, for starters, the incredibly outdated look of the site, the fact that the last news article is dated in April of 2009, and how the FAQ of sorts calls you out if you’re using Netscape as a browser: the site is all jumbled up! how am i supposed to use this? you must be using an obsolete web browser, like netscape 4.x. sorry, the website expects a moderately-standards-compliant browser. What I […]
Today we’re spending a bit of time with Austin Gunter, the Brand Ambassador of WP Engine and all-around tweet addict. He’s been around here on WP Daily a few times and is constantly cooking up new ideas to share his passion for WordPress and his company. Pretty neat gig if you ask me! We’re stoked to learn more about him and what he’s been up to as a WPOI (Word Person of Interest):
After culling the stats from 2012 for WordPress.com I thought I’d do another round of stats related to those that run theme shops and are considering the behaviors of bloggers in light of their business model. I know that my team is constantly thinking about these elements so that we might not only refine our business strategy but also our product offering with our WordPress Theme, Standard, which is available on WordPress.com. The first one is a powerful signal that’s worth thinking about for your WordPress business:
Here’s an incredibly handy infographic about Creative Commons that’s well worth a review if you use any photos or media for your blog posts, which is an incredibly strong strategy for building great content. Make sure that your blog posts have some media and make sure that you cite it well and right! Click for a much larger view:
This has been a great year to be a WordPress developer, designer or user. With the updates to core, community, and paid plugins and themes, it’s been a real smorgasbord of awesomeness. In the realm of plugin development, it’s been a particularly exciting time with amazing new plugin releases and feature upgrades with existing plugins. I’ve asked some well known folks in the WordPress community for their top picks and present to you the top five mentions here. You should also check out the other year end plugin roundup posts for more great plugins. Enjoy!