Hunting for just the right WordPress theme can be very time-consuming, even if you know a dozen different places to look for themes. It involves browsing each of those sites to look at all of the themes offered. Themescroller is a new site that lets you browse WordPress themes from marketplaces like Themeforest, Woothemes, WordPress.org, Elegantthemes and more coming soon.
Every year now for the past six years, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg has given a “State of the Word” address – i.e. a report on what’s happened with WordPress in the last year and a look forward to the year ahead.
This year’s State of the Word took place at the San Francisco WordCamp a few days ago.
We have embedded a video of the talk below; however, because it’s long (nearly 48 minutes), we’ve also pulled out some of the major points and put them into text (along with an approximate matching time point in the video).
Premium plugins, themes, and services make up a large part of the WordPress community.
WordPress is the most popular CMS and, as a result, there’s money to be made by developers, designers, and consultants. But, let’s face it, you build websites with WordPress because you don’t want to or cannot do everything yourself from scratch. It saves you time, money, and headache and lets you provide a wider range of services to your website clients or, if you are a DIYer, to your website visitors.
Do you develop or contribute to WordPress? Participate in support forums? As you probably know, a group of official blogs exists for people like you. The “Make WordPress.org” group is home to P2-themed microblogs for the following development areas:
Keeping your ear to the ground
Some of these blogs can go awhile without seeing any traffic, but you can subscribe to individual “Make” blogs by email and RSS–hopefully ringing your bell when new topics of interest come around.
Just yesterday, August 4th, the team added a new way to keep your ear to the ground. Dubbed “WordPress.org Notifications,” it notifies you:
Ever arrive to a site and wonder what WordPress theme it’s using? You can always view the source and check out the theme’s stylesheet, but what if there was an even easier way? Chrome Theme Sniffer is a add-on for Chrome that will detect the theme or template being used on current site for several major open source CMS’s, including Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. All you have to do is click the Theme Sniffer button at the top of your browser to get the information instantly, as pictured below:
The WordPress core development team is already busily preparing for the upcoming WordPress 3.5 release. The media library is due for some major changes. Daryl Koopersmith posted some slides for discussion on the make.wordpress.org blog. Here’s a sneak peak of the wireframes and workflows they’ve got in motion. Be advised that it’s not set in stone yet and not all of this will make it into the release.
Here’s what the new media library may look like:
Here’s what they’re discussing for the experience of uploading multiple files to the library:
The WordPress post visual editor makes writing a blog more like a traditional word processing experience with the ability to format text, change colors, align text, indent, and check your spelling and grammar. It’s a step above the HTML editor and allows you to write beautifully formatted posts without writing a single line of code.
Some blogging platforms less sophisticated than WordPress require cutting and pasting text from other word processors, but the WordPress visual editor makes it possible to create entire articles mixed with images, forms, and other html elements.
The Embed Code Generator for WordPress is a new plugin that easily and automatically adds embed codes to your site for any images or photos contained on your posts or pages. This is a great tool for advertisers, affiliate marketers, or anyone who wants to provide a logo or button to be used on the websites of other people.
Today, July 26th, is my birthday. Unless it’s hundreds, thousands, or hundreds of thousands of dollars, there’s nothing I really want for my birthday. At least not traditional stuff like shoes, music, movies, or other items under $50 or $100…
I want WordPress stuff for my birthday
Do you actively participate in any forums? Do you search forums seeking answers to your WordPress questions?
I participate in a lot of forums from time to time. I also look to forums to find answers to WordPress questions as well as other questions. I also find many forums when I perform Google searches looking for answers to questions and problems.