Miscellaneous

WordPress 3.4 Out Next Week

RC2 for WordPress 3.4 is out and in the wild.

According to Nacin, we should expect a release early next week – perhaps Tuesday.

By all accounts the latest release of our favorite semantic personal publishing software shoudl include:

Serious improvements to custom headers and backgrounds
Live previews and the theme customizer
New XML-RPC API
Internationalisation and localisation improvements

There’s a bunch of links here to items that various folk have written up.

So, hold onto your horses y’all and enjoy the 3.4 goodness, all in time for your summer (or, for me, winter) holidays.

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The Top WordPress Related Blogs On The Internet [WPMU 100, 2nd Edition]

Note: a much-improved third edition of this resource is now available — you can find it here.

It’s been nearly four months since the first WPMU 100 was released, and a lot has changed in the blogosphere since then.

I know this because I have spent the time between then and now trawling the web in an attempt to find every single quality WordPress related blog out there. The end result is a generous selection of new entries.

The Top WordPress Related Blogs On The Internet [WPMU 100, 2nd Edition]

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Penguin 1.1 gives us record referrals, causes mushiness, inspires desire to present

One of these days I’m gonna put together a presentation on this.

On what it feels like to have the traffic you’ve worked hard on for years (without tricks!) almost completely disappear.

On what a significant challenge it is to then get attention for that.*

And to then sit tight for weeks seeing nothing change.

Only to rock up to work on Monday and, well, do a happy dance.

And last, but not least, to rock up at the end of the week, check your stats, and note the largest day of Google referrals ever to this very site.

Yeh, there’s definitely a presentation in there somewhere :)

 

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Calling All WordPress Enthusiasts – What is Your Favorite Website?

Back in February we published the 1st edition of the WPMU 100 – a list of the top WordPress related blogs on the internet.

At the time there were several suggestions made regarding potentially worthy sites that had not been included in the list. The inclusion criteria was simple – any site that focused the majority of its content on WordPress was a candidate. This time around, I want to make sure that every worthy site is up for consideration.
Coming Soon…

Calling All WordPress Enthusiasts - What is Your Favorite Website?

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Redirect WordPress Visitors to Full Post if Only One Post in Category

This is nifty little piece of code I found on Shailan.com. If there is only one post in a category, then when someone clicks on the category link, it will take them directly to the full post instead of taking them to the category page (where there will only be one result). In short, it eliminates the unnecessary extra step that the default WordPress set up would take you through.

This also works for tags.

To add the code below to your functions.php file, go to Appearance > Editor > Theme Functions – functions.php.
function stf_redirect_to_post(){
global $wp_query;

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The Truth About Browser Compatibility, and What You Need To Do

Are you concerned about browser compatibility? Most people are. These days there are 101 different browsers across multiple platforms, and people are seemingly screaming about it.

But what if I told you that you don’t need to worry that much about compatibility? That there are some simple practical steps you can take to ensure that your website is enjoyed as intended by the vast majority of your audience?

Compatibility checking needn’t take that much time, and today, I want to show you how.
Considering Compatibility ROI

The Truth About Browser Compatibility and What You Need To Do

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12 Free Services for Monitoring Your Website’s Uptime

When your hosting fails and your site is down, you could be losing potential new customers and sales. Maintaining 100% uptime is critical to your business’ success. That’s why it’s a good idea to sign up for a service that will monitor your uptime and notify you the minute your site is down. This will enable you to get your site back in business as soon as possible to minimize the downtime. We’ve selected a few of the top services for monitoring website uptime. Browse a few and get your most important sites signed up for 24/7 monitoring.

Pingdom

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Add Up to 16 Buttons to Your WordPress Visual Editor

The buttons on the WordPress visual editor are convenient, but perhaps you’d like a few more. You can place the following code into your functions file and add up to sixteen extra buttons. (Appearance > Editor > Theme Functions – functions.php)

Of course if you don’t want a particular button, then just delete it from the list.
function extra_editor_buttons($buttons) {
$buttons[] = ‘fontselect';
$buttons[] = ‘backcolor';
$buttons[] = ‘image';
$buttons[] = ‘media';
$buttons[] = ‘anchor';
$buttons[] = ‘sub';
$buttons[] = ‘sup';
$buttons[] = ‘hr';
$buttons[] = ‘wp_page';
$buttons[] = ‘cut';
$buttons[] = ‘copy';
$buttons[] = ‘paste';
$buttons[] = ‘newdocument';
$buttons[] = ‘code';
$buttons[] = ‘cleanup';
$buttons[] = ‘styleselect';
 return $buttons;
}
add_filter(“mce_buttons_3″, “extra_editor_buttons”);
 

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Top 25 Beautiful Food Blogs Using WordPress

Whether you celebrate a gourmet palate, rejoice over crafting beautiful dishes, consider yourself king of the grill, queen of the casserole or duke of the dutch oven, WordPress is definitely the solution for building a beautiful, customized food blog. Even if you simply enjoy judging the culinary concoctions of others or just love taking pictures of whatever crosses your plate, WordPress has become a favorite tray for serving every type of gastronomic enjoyment. So put on your lobster bib, grab a glass of wine, sit back and feast your eyes on this delicious assortment of foody WordPress sites. Hopefully, you’ll gain some inspiration for cooking and baking, or perhaps even starting a food blog of your own. Bon appetite!

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One Little Reason Why I Love WordPress 3.3.2

Regular readers of my posts here on WPMU know that I have a bone to pick with the visual editor. Nay, several bones. Practically a whole skeleton’s worth. If i’m not just generally moaning about how much it irritates me, I’m looking at any alternative under the sun.

But today I am delighted to say that the most recent WordPress version has apparently eliminated one of the visual editor’s most frustrating bugs – what I call the “dastardly post-list div”.

One Little Reason Why I Love WordPress 3.3.2

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