This week’s Blog Herald WordPress News is WordPress News: Release Week News, WordPress 2.7.1, BuddyPress, WordPress MU, and More Releases, and I’ve covered a lot of WordPress news you can use:
It’s Release Week. WordPress 2.7.1 Beta 1 released for testing. WordPressMU updated. BuddyPress Beta 2 released. WP Scanner beta released. WordPress.com releases January stats. Akismet updated and improved. WordCamp.tv releases more WordCamp videos from last year. Scott Wallick releases his sites for sale. Kym Huynh of WordCast released from hospital, and does blogging with WordPress suck?
The audio version of this post can be heard here or is available for download as the WordPress News Summary for February 5, 2009.
If you missed last week’s edition on the Blog Herald, it was WordPress News: Logogate, WordCamps Everywhere, WordPress.tv, BuddyPress, WordPressMU, WordPress Plugin Podcast, and More.
Here are some highlights for this week you do not want to miss, followed by WordPress Events, WordCamps, and Meetups coming soon.
WordPress 2.7.1 Beta 1 Released
The first WordPress 2.7.1 Beta has been released and is undergoing testing. It is a maintenance release with 66 tickets fixed. Expect the final release within the next week or so.
Scott Wallick Selling Plaintxt Site and Sandbox WordPress Theme
Scott Wallick is offering for sale his popular site, plaintxt.org, and his “brand” which includes the Sandbox WordPress Theme, which is GPL and not for sale, to move onto new projects. The Sandbox Theme has long been touted as the next “default” WordPress Theme and set the standard high for other Themes to follow with a rich microformats and a powerful CSS framework.
I’ve been a huge fan of the Sandbox Theme which I use here on Lorelle on WordPress, and wish Scott the best of luck with his sale and all the endeavours the future holds for him. Scott, you’ve been an invaluable member of the WordPress Community and helped change it permanently. Your absence will leave a big hole and you are welcome to return any time. Thanks for everything you’ve done for so many millions of WordPress users.
The January Wrap-Up for WordPress.com is in and includes a new WordPress Theme, the launch of WordPress.tv, and breaking the 2 billion mark for combined pageviews across all WordPress.com blogs. 372,519 blogs were created, with 393,836 new users, and 553 terabytes transferred the WordPress.com datacenters. Almost 9 million comments were posted across 1.4 million active blogs.
There have been three WordCamp events so far this year in Las Vegas, Indonesia, and Whistler, BC, Canada.
In a blog post featuring photographs, WordPress server guru, Barry Abrahamson let it leak that WordPress.com is working on adding some “cool gallery features” to WordPress.com blogs that are currently found on the Neat! WordPress Theme which add navigation links to the images (next and previous) and a link to take you back to the main post from individual picture pages, increasing gallery navigation and function.
Blog Design Contest on WordPress.com
The first blogging design contest has been announced for WordPress.com called “I <3 Blogging Design Contest” co-produced by Infectious. This isn’t a blog web design or WordPress Theme contest. It is a graphic design contest. Design a “why I love blogging and WordPress” graphic design and if yours wins, it could be printed and sold on laptop and iPhone skins around the world through the Infectious store. Let your creative self loose and show the world how you would design what blogging and WordPress mean to you.
BuddyPress 1.0 Beta 2 has been released and all components and Themes are available for download. Hundreds of fixes have been patched and fixed since the first beta and now will sync up with WordPressMU releases for the eagerly anticipated WordPressMU social media and networking WordPress Theme and Plugins.
I got a chance to interview Andy Peatling of BuddyPress at WordCamp Whistler, so stay tuned for that video coming soon.
WordPress Fan Blogs and Podcasts
I’ve added to the WordPress fan blogs and podcasts I feature on the Blog Herald WordPress News. They currently include highlights and news from:
- The WordPress Podcast
- The WordPress Plugins Podcast
- WP Engineer
- Weblog Tools Collection – WordPress Weekly Podcast with Jeff Chandler
In “Akismet: Make Commenting Easy,” Akismet reported that CAPTCHAs are now officially dead and useless, and cite a report by ZDNet that a quarter of a million CAPTCHAs are easily broken by bot and human spammers every day. I’ve been reporting the death of CAPTCHAs for a long time. I hope the final nail has been pounded into that coffin, personally.
Akismet also reports they have improved the accuracy of their blog reporting stats for counting and tracking blog comment spam. There is no Plugin upgrade required.
WordPress Permalink Structure and Strategies
Dougal Campbell highlighted conversations on efficient permalink strategies for WordPress from the WordPress mailing lists, in an attempt to understand how to properly structure our blog permalinks to speed up how WordPress process them.
Otto of Ottodestruct made this important point to consider:
For performance reasons, it is not a good idea to start your permalink structure with the category, tag, author, or postname fields. The reason is that these are text fields, and using them at the beginning of your permalink structure it takes more time for WordPress to distinguish your Post URLs from Page URLs (which always use the text “page slug” as the URL), and to compensate, WordPress stores a lot of extra information in its database (so much that sites with lots of Pages have experienced difficulties). So, it is best to start your permalink structure with a numeric field, such as the year or post ID.
Due to this discussion, the WordPress Codex article on Using Permalinks was updated to say that using categories within the permalink structure is not “helpful” and may actually increase the number of queries to resolve the post link. The preferred format currently is to preface the post title with numbers representing dates rather than text like categories, such as:
%year%/%month%/%day%/%postname% %year%/%month%/%postname% %year%/%post/%postname% %postid%/%postname%
WordPress Events, Meetups, and WordCamps
Here are some WordPress-related dates and events to put on your calendar.
- Gulf Coast WordPress/Blogger Meetup – Mobile, Alabama – February 5, 2009
- Beer & Blog WordPress Meetup – Las Vegas, Nevada – 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 Boston WordPress Meetup Group – Blogging @ The Brewery – February 16, 2009
- New York City WordPress Meetup – February 17, 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 India – Delhi – February 21-22, 2009
- WordCamp Miami 2009 – Miami, Florida – February 22, 2009
- WordCamp Denver 2009 – February 28, 2009 (Facebook)
- Dallas/Fort Worth WordPress Meetup – Dallas, Texas – February 28, 2009
- Atlanta WordPress Users Group Meetup – Learning WordPress 2.7 – Atlanta, Georgia – February 28, 2009
- The Chicago WordPress February Meetup – February 28, 2009
Finding WordPress 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”.
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