It’s been a hectic week before Christmas with a lot of incredible news that’s been reported in the last week alone. We can’t cover everything but we definitely at least want you to know about some neat posts that might float your fancy. Take a look at this week’s weekend roundup, bringing you posts that you may have missed – we’ve got 34 links this week, so don’t forget to hit “Next Page”! Please let us know if there was anything else juicy that we should definitely know about!
Are you a fan of LESS or Sass preprocessors? Because if you are then you’re going to be stoked to find that they are both now available via your CSS Editor on both WordPress.com and your self-hosted solutions (via Jetpack). Yeah, I know, right? That’s a big deal, especially for those that spend a lot of time tweaking, editing, and creating new CSS and styles for their blogs, their clients, and their projects. For the uninitiated, a preprocessor are extensions to CSS to simply allow you to manage your CSS with more ease.
A new feature of the WordPress.com Developer Resources blog is the fact that they are now highlighting particular people in an interview segment that I hope will continue fairly regularly. Beau Lebens is the first up and he shares how he first got started with WordPress by launching a startup based on WordPress MU and bbPress for scrapbooking fans (clever!). He then moved to Mashable (yes, that blog) and then over to Automattic. I think some of the best part is his advice to aspiring young people who are interested in learning about WordPress and software development: Dive right in. […]
Cristi Burca, a senior WordPress developer at AppThemes and WordPress core contributor recently shared that he’s been not only experimenting with Jekyll, another blogging alternative that favors those that have a bit more development background: WordPress is about democratizing publishing; that is to say it’s meant to be easy to use by anyone, whether they have technical knowledge or not. Jekyll, in contrast, is designed to appeal to developers. It allows you to treat your content as source code, employing familiar tools such as text editors and version control systems. Does this mean that all that hard work with over […]
Plugins come and go, but some have real lasting power. With the perspective of 2012 behind me, here are a few that made my life much easier. I hope they can help you too. A small note: I like to code most of my front-end effects myself. I don’t usually rely on plugins for galleries, carousels, tabs or the like as I find they usually make a mess of your otherwise perfectly semantic front-end code. Just one man’s opinion. But anyway, you won’t find anything like that on this list. Here’s my favorites of 2012:
We’ve been using Jetpack’s built-in email delivery system but it’s way to limited and delivers every single blog post in an individual email the moment we hit “Publish.” This has annoyed a few of our readers already and trust me when I say that it annoys me as well. As a result, we’re going to move to Feedburner at least for now because it provides a free daily digest option for our subscribers so you don’t get completely hammered by blog posts throughout the day. So, if you’ve subscribed via our Jetpack system and want a more manageable inbox, feel […]
WooThemes has announced their release of Beta 1 for WooCommerce, their free plugin that is being widely adopted for many individuals and businesses. We’ve been using it and it does a great job of creating that simple eCommerce experience and checkout – we hope to use it more this coming year, especially with some of the new updates and features they plan on releasing for the next big update. Coen Jacobs, who helps lead that team, shares a few thoughts on some of the new things that customers and bloggers can expect:
30 days ago I had a problem: I have a vast amount of experience in my career field, but I was just another face in the crowd. What could I do to make me and my skills stand out? Build a great resume? Nope. That is outdated and just doesn’t have the oomph that I was looking for. Network like crazy? Nope. While networking is a must do, it is definitely not my strong suite…I am the introvert of all introverts. I would just get lost in the crowd. What can I do to fix this problem? There is this […]
It’s no question that as a piece of software gains popularity it also gains interest from those who would want to exploit it for their own gain. Most of us know this intimately if we’ve spent any time in the Windows environment as the security industry for malware and attacks on Windows-based PCs is huge! WordPress is only growing, now powering more than 17% of the top 1MM sites in the world – this makes it a prime target for hackers and malicious evildoers. An infographic via Page.ly shows some of this data cleverly:
I just had the pleasure of being interviewed by Code Poet, a free resource for anyone who builds anything with WordPress. It’s an Automattic production so these are trusted resources coming right from the staff themselves – seriously worth a subscribe (and telling others about it). I share some thoughts about how I got started with WordPress and where it’s taken me. It’s honestly hard to imagine the impact that one piece of software could have on my short life so far – I felt like I could write a book on it so far and there’s still so much […]