All posts tagged ‘WordPress’

File Under: Blog Publishing

WordPress 2.7 in 63 Seconds

The blogistas behind WordPress have created a short movie that quickly introduces the new interactive interface coming in with the next release of the blogging software. Embedded above, the movie shows the drag and drop dashboard and a post screen that can also have components rearranged.

Web developers and advanced bloggers may feel like a comic book fan dissecting the latest Spider-Man trailer, pausing and re-watching their favorite portions.

The dashboard is perhaps the biggest change. In early versions of WordPress the dashboard was mainly used to show the latest WordPress development news. Recently the team added a more modular dashboard and now it is completely customizable on-the-fly. With WordPress 2.7 you can even compose a post and reply to comments from the dashboard.

Want to see it in action on your own blog? It’s still in beta, but you can download the snazzy new version here.

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File Under: Blog Publishing

PollDaddy Switches Into Automattic

PollDaddy pollPollDaddy, the widget maker that lets bloggers add polls and surveys to their site, is now part of WordPress company Automattic. Founder Matt Mullenweg described looking around the web at similar products and compared PollDaddy to WordPress itself:

“Two guys in Ireland with a quirky company name were cleaning up with some of the largest and most respected websites using their service on a daily basis. They weren’t the biggest, but they had the high end of the market. It seemed to be the WordPress of the polling space.”

PollDaddy burst onto the scene over two years ago. We first covered the tool at Widgets Live in 2006.

Automattic wasted no time integrating PollDaddy. It added a PollDaddy plugin with the company as author. Even bigger, it added an option for polls on WordPress.com, the company’s hosted solution.

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Make Your Blog an OpenID Provider

OpenID options

There’s a brand new plugin for WordPress that now fully supports the power of OpenID. Will Norris and Chris Messina have released version 3 of the OpenID plugin for WordPress, which lets you turn your blog into an OpenID provider. To take full advantage of the plugin, you’ll also need the XRDS-Simple plugin, a service discover framework.

As with previous versions, users can login with an OpenID to leave a comment. This is especially useful for blogs that require registration that ordinarily would keep users from leaving comments. OpenID is even a good option for sites that allow anonymous comments, as it gives users a way to legitimize their comment, possibly avoiding administrator moderation.

Norris has a full post on the new plugin. The new features that excite me are the ability to be an OpenID provider. This is often the only way large companies support OpenID, but it’s been difficult for Joe Blogger to be able to do the same. With the latest plugin, you can use the base domain as your OpenID. You can also allow other bloggers or commenters on your blog to have their own OpenIDs, something like example.com/author/username.

Another great feature, if you’re only using the plugin for yourself, is a simple way to delegate to another OpenID service. At the bottom of your user profile (Users menu in the admin, then Your Profile), is the option for OpenID delegation.

OpenID delegation

Here you can choose another OpenID provider to handle authentication, while still using your own domain as your OpenID identifier. This gives you the power to change providers in the future, and appear the same to others. That’s about as open as it gets.

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File Under: Blog Publishing, Events

WordPress Presentations from WordCamPDX

Lorelle, the Fairy BlogmotherWordCamp wrapped up in Portland over the weekend and all signs point to it being a success. Apparently the #wordcampdx hash tag made the front page of Twitter, if that’s any indication. Perhaps a better measure is the huge list of presentation wrap-ups, including slides, notes, videos, and more.

Be sure to check out the 10+ proven plugins. Chris O’Rourke skims off the cream of the crop of WordPress plugins. You can even preview one of the recommended plugins right on the page. The slides are displayed with the Gallery Lightbox plugin.

Another one to check out is designing themes with free tools. You may have your development environment all figured out, but you might find something new in Eric Amundson’s talk.

Webmonkey was proud to be a sponsor and I enjoyed tracking its progress online. It looks like it was quite the event. Congrats to the organizers. Next year, we’ll have to go. Maybe you should, too.

[Photo by Rabbi David]

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File Under: Software & Tools

WordPress-Powered Social Network to Arrive Late 2008

During his interview at The Start Conference, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg announced that BuddyPress will be released before the end of the year. Based on the multi-user version of WordPress, BuddyPress has the features we all expect from a social network: friends, profiles, and tasteless photo galleries.

The same way WordPress lets anyone have a blog, BuddyPress will help anyone create a social network.

As we’ve mentioned before, we’d prefer BuddyPress to reach for some higher goals, like the distributed social network (DiSo) project. Hopefully, this is a step in that direction, making it easier for DiSo to succeed.

Mullenweg first announced the project in March. BuddyPress was created by Andy Peatling, who was hired by Mullenweg’s Automattic after the official BuddyPress announcement. Peatling has apparently been working furiously since.

You don’t actually have to wait to check out BuddyPress. You can download the latest development version. Not that curious? Follow along its roadmap and calendar.

Note: The original headline for this post stated that BuddyPress would be released by December. Mullenweg wrote in to tell us that BuddyPress’s components will be rolled out when they’re ready, with the full platform available around the end of the year (see his comment below).

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