WordPress.tv announced. Know the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org? A Tweet sums it up. WordCamp Whistler this weekend. If you use the WordPress logo, Matt Mullenweg wants you to use the right one. Last chance to have your say on the first permanent WordPress tattoo. City saves money choosing WordPress. And more WordPress news and information.
Watching WordPress.tv: WordPress.tv is your WordPress channel for watching all things WordPress. It features videos put together by WordPress staff and others on how to use WordPress and WordPress tips and techniques. The tutorials cover the full version of WordPress and WordPress.com. There is also a WordCampTV channel to watch the videos from WordCamp events around the world.
@TheGeneTeam Diff between wp.com & wp.org is freedom. Org is freedom to tweak. Com is freedom to just blog. :D One free, other free with expenses.
Matt Mullenweg’s New Year’s Resolutions and Birthday Celebration: Among Matt’s new year’s resolutions is to get the WordPress Community using the correct WordPress logo. He’s created a comparison image to convince everyone to use the right logo. He worked hard to come up with the current logo created a few years ago.
Update on WordPress Logogate: Many thought the issue Matt had with the community generated WordPress logo was the colors. Matt has corrected this with a clear graphic explanation of what his issue is with the community-generated logos and the trademarked, real WordPress logo. It’s not the color, it’s the font. He worked hard to get the right font for the “W” in the logo. You can color it whatever color you want, just keep that pretty “W” font in its place. Thanks for clearing that fine detail up for us, Matt.
Let’s help Matt make his new year’s resolution and goals come true and use the right logo. I’ll be updating them here in the next issue.
WordPress Tattoo: This is the last chance to help Ed Morita decide where to put his permanent WordPress tattoo. His WordPress blog has changed his life and he wants to honor the expertise with a WordPress tattoo. In “Where Should I Put My WordPress Tattoo?” he asks for input on where to put his new WordPress logo tattoo on his body. The deadline is January 30, and he will get the tattoo on his birthday, February 10th. Meanwhile, the rest of us will have to be content with the temporary WordPress tattoo.
City Government Saves with WordPress: The Albert Lea Tribune reports on how the Albert Lea city government in Minnesoat is using WordPress to create their new government websites, and saving over USD $19,000 in the process. The key to choosing WordPress was the ease of use, no professionals or expertise required for maintenance and contribution, free WordPress Themes and Plugins, and a great way to save the city money at a time when times are tough for government as well as its citizens. A local was hired to develop the site with community and official input, and now they can blog with ease, offering updated information to their community in a few minutes.
BuddyPress Prepares for Launch: Second Beta & 1.0 Final Dates for BuddyPress are set. The second beta release of this social media Theme for WordPressMU (and potentially for full versions of WordPress) is scheduled for January 26. The final release is set for February 9. Andy Peatling of BuddyPress will be speaking at WordCamp Whistler 2009 in Whistler, BC, Canada, on January 24, 2009, if you want an upclose and personal view of this new social media WordPress Theme.
Social Media Tools Worm and Virus Warnings: While not WordPress specific, a lot of WordPress bloggers use social media tools like LinkedIn and Twitter. Recently, SecurityFocus reported on malware security problems with Twitter and LinkedIn. The Blog Herald recently covered the news, and has started a series on Downadup Worm Infection: Cyber Attacks on the Rise in 2009. Take extreme care when responding to email, blog comments, and other social media messages that look even the slightest bit suspicious.
Haven’t You Upgraded to WordPress 2.7 Yet? For information on upgrading to WordPress 2.7, see WordPress 2.7 Release News and Links. If you are worried about whether or not WordPress 2.7 will work with your server, Themes or Plugins, see:
- WordPress 2.7 Core Update Host Compatibility
- WordPress 2.7 Plugin Compatibility
- WordPress 2.7 Theme Compatibility
Don’t Let WordPress in Your Domain Name: Do you use “wordpress” in your blog’s domain name? This is in violation of the WordPress trademark. If you find a site using WordPress in their domain name, remind them of the trademark rules so they won’t be asked later to remove it. And WordPress is spelled with a capital P is you are using it in your blog posts.
Last Week’s WordPress Wednesday News: Can’t get enough WordPress news and tips? There is so much news coming out about the latest version, so you can catch up with the past news in last week’s WordPress News: Buddy Press Almost Ready, WordCamp Las Vegas Success, Plugin Author Tips, WordPress Tattoo.
WordPress Fan Blogs and Podcasts
WordCast Podcast: WordCast 43: The Bikini Job features Dave Moyer and Lorelle on WordPress covering WordCamp Las Vegas, CES, an interview with Daniel Brusilovsky of Teens in Tech on his upcoming Teens in Tech Conference 2009 the end of January in San Fransisco. It brings together top teens in web technology to talk to other teens in this unique think tank style event. WordPress.tv, the All in One Video Plugin, and Celebrity Pressers were also covered, along with other WordCamp and WordPress news.
WordPress Weekly Podcast: The latest WordPress Weekly Podcast is Are You Ready To Shopp? and includes talk with Jonathan Davis, creator of the Shopp E-Commerce WordPress Plugin. It also features more WordPress news, tips, Plugins, Themes, and announcements.
The WordPress Podcast: Episode 49: WordPress 2.7 released, Oxite, Blog World Expo and New Media Expo to merge, Pownce closes is the latest episode.
WordPress on Your Calendar
WordPress Meetup or WordCamp Near You? If you are putting together a WordPress event, please email me so I can publicize it here. If there is a WordCamp near you, go. If you are interested in setting up a WordCamp, stay tuned for news and information on to bring a WordCamp event near you.
Here are some WordPress-related dates and events to put on your calendar.
- WordCamp Whistler 2009 – Whistler, BC, Canada – January 24, 2009 (Facebook)
- Toronto WordPress Meetup – January 24, 2009
- Chicago WordPress January Meetup – January 24, 2009
- The Dallas/Ft. Worth Area WordPress January Meetup – Texas – January 24, 2009
- Teens in Tech Conference – Microsoft San Francisco – January 31, 2009
- WordCamp Higher Ed North East – Worcester, Massachusetts – February 2, 2009
- The New Jersey WordPress February Meetup – Belmar, New Jersey – February 4, 2009
- WordPress as a CMS: The Strategy of Content Publishing – New York, New York – February 4, 2009
- Gulf Coast WordPress/Blogger Meetup – Mobile, Alabama – February 5, 2009
- Toronto WordPress Meetup – Toronto, Canada – February 7, 2009
- WordCamp Paris 2 – Paris, France – Feb 7, 2009
- Los Angeles WordPress Users Group at Philippe’s French Dip – February 8, 2009
- South Florida WordPress February Meetup – February 10, 2009
- Portland WordPress User Group at CubeSpace – Portland, Oregon – February 12, 2009
- WordCamp Jena Germany – February 14, 2009
- The Scottsdale WordPress Meetup – Scottsdate, Arizona – February 18, 2009
- WordCamp Education Vancouver 2009 – Vancouver, BC – February 19, 2009
- 2009 Northern Voice – Vancouver, BC – February 20-21, 2009
- WordCamp Miami 2009 – Miami, Florida – February 22, 2009
- WordCamp Denver 2009 – February 28, 2009 (Facebook)
- Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference (SOBCon) – Chicago – May 1-5, 2009
- WordCamp Columbus – Ohio – May 16, 2009
- WordCamp Mid-Atlantic – Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia – May 16, 2009
- WordCamp Milan 2009 – Milan, Italy – May 22-23, 2009
- WordCamp San Francisco 2009 – May 30, 2009
- WordCamp Chicago – June 6-7, 2009
- WordCamp Dallas 2009 – Dallas, Texas – June 27-28, 2009
Upcoming WordCamps not scheduled or confirmed:
- WordCamp Indy (Indianapolis)
- WordCamp Augusta
- WordCamp Seattle (WordCamp Seattle Twitter)
- WordCamp Argentina
- WordCamp Perú
- WordCamp New Zealand
- WordCamp Iowa
Upcoming WordCamp and WordPress Event News
WordCamp Whistler News: This weekend is WordCamp Whistler 2009 in Whistler, BC, Canada, on January 24, 2009, and the registration keeps closing and reopened. The WordCamp Whistler Twitter: @WCWhistler, Hashtag: #wcwhistler09, and Flickr tag: wordcampwhistler09.
Teens in Tech: The Teens in Tech Conference, the first ever gathering of teen bloggers and web technology experts and fans will be January 31, 2009, at the offices of Microsoft in San Francisco, California. Daniel Brusilovsky runs The Teens in Tech network of blogs on WordPressMU and is a long time fan and supporter of WordPress, so expect some great WordPress tips and techniques shared by teens attending and speaking at the event.
Learn the Lessons of Content Publishing: New York WordPress Meetup Group will meet on January 20, 2009, with the meeting topic to be “WordPress as a CMS: The Strategy of Content Publishing.”
WordCamp Paris: WordCamp Paris 2 is Feb 7, 2009, at La Cantine – Coworking Paris in France. It is the second annual WordPress barcamp event in Paris. For more information, see WordCamp Paris – WordPress.fr.
WordCampED: Gearing up for WordCampEd Vancouver 2009 talks about the upcoming educational event with a strong focus on WordPress at the February 19, 2009, event in Canada. It will be at the UBC Main Campus, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
WordCamp Mid-Atlantic News: WordCamp Mid-Atlantic covers Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, and will be May 16, 2009, at the University of Baltimore Thumel Business Center. Featured speakers will be Matt Mullenweg and Anil Dash of SixApart. There are two tracks to the day’s events, a basic “Essentials” and advanced “Hackery” track. Tickets are $25.99 and going fast. Sponsorships are available, but limited, so get involved as soon as possible.
WordCamp Columbus, Ohio: WordCamp Columbus is set for May 16, 2009. The Twitter account is @WordCampColumbus. WordCamp Columbus has announced that since WordCamp Mid-Atlantic is scheduled for the same date, and Matt Mullenweg will be speaking there, his keynote will be streamed to attendees of WordCamp Columbus so no one will miss the “state of the word” by the founder of WordPress. Noel Jackson, designer of the Monotone WordPress Theme, and Nick Momrick, speaking about WordPress.com, will be noted speakers at the event. Registration is $20 and will be open soon.
Chicago WordCamp and WordPress Meetup: The Chicago WordPress January Meetup on January 24, 2009, will feature a Q&A session on “Who uses WordPress” with everyone invited to share why they use WordPress. WordCamp Chicago registration is open, so hurry to register for this powerful event in the windy city. Confirmed speakers include Matt Mullenweg, Jeremy Wright, Mark Ghosh, and Sarah James.
WordCamp Denver News: WordCamp Denver is set for February 28th, 2009, and now has a few key speakers set with Matt Mullenweg, Jane Wells, and event organizer, Alex King. Dave Moyer of WordCast, a WordPress podcast, will be covering the event with recorded and live coverage. Registration is open now.
WordCamp Iowa: Tom Altman wants to host a WordCamp Iowa and is looking for volunteers.
WordCamp San Francisco 2009 Announced: Matt Mullenweg has announced the date for WordCamp San Francisco 2009 for May 30, 2009, at the Mission Bay Conference Center. There is also a Upcoming Event page set up.
WordCamps and WordPress Meetups Everywhere
- WordPress Meetup: A WordPress Meetup is a frequent meeting of WordPress fans. If you would like to start a WordPress Meetup group, find a meeting place and announce it among your friends, and add a listing to the Yahoo Upcoming events for WordPress and WordPress Meetups Upcoming Events and tag them “WordPress Events” and “WordPress”, as many track WordPress event announcements there.
- WordCamp: A WordCamp is a day or two long event with sponsors and dozens if not hundreds of WordPress fans gathering annually. If you would like to sponsor or host a WordCamp, check out the new official site for tracking WordCamps is WordCamp Central, which includes instructions and guidelines for running a WordCamp. Get a Twitter account and add a listing to the Yahoo Upcoming events for WordPress and WordPress Meetups Upcoming Events and tag them “WordPress Events” and “WordCamp.
- WordPress and WordCamp Event News: In addition to our weekly Blog Herald WordPress News, you can learn more about the various WordPress and WordCamp Events on the official WordCamp Central site, The WordCamp Report, Yahoo Upcoming events for WordPress, WordPress Meetups Upcoming Events, and Upcoming: Public events tagged with “WordCamp”.
WordPress Plugins and Themes News
Testing WordPress Plugins for Landing Pages: In Why WordPress Plugin Updates Aren’t Always a Good Thing, Maria of Maria’s Guides talked about a problem few people consider when adding landing page Plugins to their WordPress blog. When was the last time you landed on your blog from a search engine? Have you tested that Plugin lately? She found hers wasn’t working from a visitor. Have you checked yours lately? While you are at it, check your feeds to see if these are still working, too.
Optimizing Script Loading Series: The great optimizing script loading series on the WordPress Development blog are must reads for WordPress Plugin and Theme authors:
- Optimizing script loading
- Optimizing script loading part 2
- Optimizing script loading, implementation
How to Turn off a Plugin’s Update Reminder: While not appropriate, nor recommended, for the average WordPress users, if you are an advanced technical user of WordPress, you may have a need once in a while to turn off a WordPress Plugin’s update reminder. Maria’s Guides needed to turn off a Plugins’s update reminder recently, overwriting the automatic upgrade notifications due to a problem with one of her Plugins. The newest version wouldn’t work with WordPress 2.7, but an older one would. To shut up the reminder until the author could update the Plugin, she came up with this solution. Again, this is not recommended for the average user and should be used with care.
Meet All-in-One Video Pack: the All-in-One Video Pack WordPress Plugin combines other video WordPress Plugins to improve the ability of uploading, recording, and importing videos directly into your WordPress blog. It includes editing and remixing content with an online video editor, enabled video responses, playlist creation, management and tracking of video content, importing of video, audio, pictures, and more from other sites and social networking services like YouTube, MySpace, Flickr, New York Public Library, and more, adding video and audio comments, collaborative videos, custom sizing of the video player, support for more than 150 video, audio, and image file formats and codecs, and a lot more.
WordPress Plugins API: If you develop WordPress Plugins, check out Documentation for WordPress Plugins API, then step into a copy of a better guide from the WP Hackers Mailing List post for WordPress.org Plugin Information API Docs. It’s a must-bookmark post to help WordPress Plugin authors.
Interesting WordPress Plugins:
- EasySMS WordPress Plugin allows blog administrators to text message registered users and broadcast post to user’s cell phones.
- WP-Twitip-ID WordPress Plugin adds a field to your comment form for users to add their Twitter username, which will display as a link to follow them within the blog comment.
- Facebook Posted Items WordPress Plugin fetches Facebook posted items and displays them in a list on your WordPress blog.
- WP Server Date Time WordPress Plugin shows the server date where your WordPress blog is hosted if you are in a different timezone.
Subscribe to Comments Plugin on WordPress.com: One of the most popular WordPress Plugins, Subscribe To Comments by Mark Jaquith (originally Scriptygoddess), is now on WordPress.com. It is enabled by default on all WordPress.com Themes and allows commenters to get email messages when a comment is added to a blog post.
AlphaInventions: The creator of AlphaInventions continues to be plagued by complains and concerns against AlphaInventions on the WordPress.com Forums. A young man created a social networking and tracking tool that creates suspicious trackbacks. While it is still in development and being monitored, currently it is considered fairly harmless. Alpha Inventions is an interesting idea and a novel way of using WordPress.com within its Terms of Service, and it pushes copyright beyond Fair Use, but many people are having fun. You can request to have your site included or blocked from inclusion. There hasn’t been much improvement or work on AlphaInventions in the past few months, but if you are bothered by it, request to be blocked from inclusion and delete any trackbacks from your blog comments.
WordPress Techniques and Tips
- If, Then, Else: WordPress Loop and Conditional PHP
- How to install Google Analytics stats in WordPress
- Embedding FLV in WordPress
- Customize your WordPress Login
- How to Write a WordPress Plugin – Introduction
WordPress Tips on Twitter: I’ve started sharing WordPress Tips and Plugin suggestions I’ve collected over the past couple years on Twitter at @lorelleonwp. I’ll be posting one WordPress tip and one WordPress Plugin link every morning (PST) covering recent versions of WordPress and WordPress usages and features.
Want Your WordPress Tip Shared Here? If you would like your WordPress tip and technique included in this list, see Tips For Writing Good WordPress Tips and Writing and Publishing Code In Your WordPress Blog Posts. When its ready, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WordPress Community News
Things You Need to Know in the WordPress Community:
- Help Installing WordPress: Installing WordPress for Free
- Finding WordPress Plugins: WordPress Plugin Directory
- Finding WordPress Themes: WordPress Themes Directory
- WordPress Experts Found: Automattic WordPress Consultants List, WordPress Jobs, and the WP-Pro mailing list
- WordPress Facebook Community: WordPress on Facebook
- WordPress Schwag for Sale: WordPress Shop
- WordPress Bugs: Reporting Bugs in WordPress
- Online WordPress Manual: WordPress Codex
- Have Your Say: WordPress Ideas
- WordPress Logos: The official WordPress logos are available for use on your blogs or WordPress event promotions.
- WordPress is Trademarked: You are not allowed to use WordPress in your domain name.
- WordPress is WordPress: It’s spelled “WordPress” not “WordPress” and Plugin is Plugin, not plug-in (what you put into a wall electrical socket).
Past WordPress Wednesday News Reports
- WordPress News: Buddy Press Almost Ready, WordCamp Las Vegas Success, Plugin Author Tips, WordPress Tattoo
- WordPress News: One Million WordPress 2.7 Downloads Coming, Matt Mullenweg Resolutions, bbPress Releases, WordCamp Las Vegas, and More
- WordPress News: Weblog Tools Collection Scholarship Fund, WordPress at the Supreme Court, Top Plugin Authors, XML-RPC Trouble, and More
- WordPress News: 650,000 WP 2.7 Downloads, BuddyPress, Theme Threat, Schwag, and More
- WordPress News: WordPress 2.7 Awesome, WordPress.com 5 Million, Plugins Updated, and WordCamp News
- WordPress News: WordPress 2.7 Released
WordPress News Sources
- WordPress Planet
- WordPress Development Blog
- WordPress.com Blog
- Weblog Tools Collection
- The WordPress Podcast
- Lorelle on WordPress
- Planet WordPress from Planet Ozh
- WordPress Publisher Blog
- Planet WordPress Canada
- The WordCamp Report
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The author of Lorelle on WordPress and the fast-selling book, Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging, as well as several other blogs, Lorelle VanFossen has been blogging for over 15 years, covering blogging, WordPress, travel, nature and travel photography, web design, web theory and development extensively as web technologies developed.