The big news recently, if you haven’t heard, is that Google+ is a really big deal. I know that I even made fun of it when it first came out but you can’t make fun of it when it becomes the #2 most active social networking platform, just behind the obvious #1 Facebook. Yeah, that’s right. Unbelievable statistics and the proof is in the pudding: Google+, who despite being branded a failure or ghost town by large portions of the media, grew in terms of active usage by 27% to 343m users to become the number 2 social platform. Interestingly […]
You’ve probably already seen the notice in your dashboard but it’s worth noting that this 2.1.2 release houses not only 34 bug fixes but also 2 improvements, including the neat TED shortcode as well as filters for the Infinite Scroll feature that some blogs are using now. These filters, as reported by the team, allow themes and plugins to provide additional assets that should be loaded before a new set of posts is appended to the DOM. I’ve done a quick test of one of the most popular TED Talks of all time and it works just fine:
Let me know if this sounds familiar: You wake up in the morning, put on a cup of coffee, get dressed, wander around in a haze but fairly soon go over to your computer. First things first. Let’s check how many views you got last night. Hum not as many as you hoped. Well, maybe you didn’t plug that post on your social media sites enough. Time to give it a bit more juice and send out a reminder across all your social medai services. After a while at work you realize that your latest post is about to go live! Better […]
It’s been a very full second week of January as people are definitely back in the saddle and writing and publishing great content. Businesses are attempting to hit their stride as they shake off the dust from the winter break and products are being released left and right. Fantastic for all of us as we continue to grow our own businesses, personal, and professional lives – it’s just tough to keep up with it all! We’ve got nearly 50 resources in this one. Hope you guys have a fantastic weekend and make sure you check out WordCamp Victoria’s Live Coverage as well!
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”!
Get a new notification in your dashboard yesterday and/or this morning to update Jetpack? Yup, it’s moved to 2.0.4 to 2.1.0 (and then 2.1.1) with a number of bug fixes that many of you have recognized and experienced. The list is long but here are some of the highlights for those that were having issues with 2.0.4 and the previous:
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 […]
Did you get your 2012 Year in Blogging Annual Report in your inbox recently? I know I did as I got more than a few of them. These annual reports are a neat way to see a top-level view of what happened over the course of the year in terms of your blog. It gives you statistics (in a nice graphical form) of how many people visited the blog, where they were from, what the top posts were in terms of traffic and comments (and who they were) as well referrals. It’s not a crazy-robust report but it’s a neat […]
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.
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: