WordPress News

State of the Word: WordPress 3.7 and 3.8 Out Soon

With WordPress 3.6 expected to drop any day now, the next two versions of the world’s most popular CMS and blogging tool will be released before the year is out, according to WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg.

In his State of the Word address at WordCamp San Francisco today, Mullenweg said 3.6 wouldn’t be released this weekend so “everyone can have a good time” at the event, but the long awaited release of “Oscar” – named after Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson – would be shipped “very soon.”

WordCamp San Francisco

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Kill Passwords: How To Never Use a Password With WordPress Again

Are you tired of forgetting your password and sending reset emails? WordPress is everywhere and chances are that you have multiple sets of login credentials for your many WordPress sites. Keeping track of all of this login info can be maddening, especially if you’re a developer with hundreds of sites.

Imagine your life without passwords. Believe it or not, you don’t have to trade security for convenience.

Introducing LaunchKey: Your Ticket to Killing Passwords Forever


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Need a Job? WordPress Jobs Site to Get a Redesign

The WordPress Jobs site is getting a makeover and new volunteer moderators.

Audrey Capital word ninja Siobhan McKeown has put a call out for new moderators at Making WordPress.org. Judging by the comments on the post, the positions will be filled pretty quickly.

The jobs site was set up by Mark Ghosh from WeblogToolsCollection in 2007 as a place where people could advertise WordPress work or browse through available jobs.

Ghosh has since decided to take a step back from the site, according to McKeown, hence the search for new moderators.

WordPress Jobs site

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BuddyPress 1.8 Released With Better Theming Capabilities

The BuddyPress core team promised a short release cycle for 1.8 and they have delivered! BuddyPress 1.8 was released today and cheers were heard around the world. Dancing and pizza-feasting will probably continue into the night.

The 1.8 release is dubbed “Di Fara” after a famous Brooklyn pizza joint where each pizza pie is handmade by its owner, Dom DeMarco.

A few months ago we previewed the new features that are included in BuddyPress 1.8. The most exciting features highlighted in the release blog today include:

Better theme integration


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New Domain Search Service to Help WordPress Users

Automattic has gone and got itself a domain search service.

Lean Domain Search founder Matt Mazur has announced on the service’s blog the site has been acquired by Automattic.

Mazur will also join the WordPress.com parent company, working full-time on “making it even easier for WordPress.com users to find and register great domain names for their websites and blogs.”

The site, which allows users to find available domain names based on a keyword, was launched on Hacker News in January last year.

Mazur says Lean Domain Search will continue to run since the acquisition will be even be “completely free”.

Lean Domain Search

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WordPress 3.6 to Ship in Two Weeks

It was a day late, but nonetheless, the first release candidate for WordPress 3.6 is out.

Lead core developer Mark Jaquith posted at WordPress News on Saturday that the first release candidate was ready and the core team hopes to ship WordPress 3.6 in “a couple of weeks”.

Jaquith also put a call out to folks to help test the latest release.

“If you haven’t tested 3.6 yet, there’s no time like the present. (But please: not on a live production site, unless you’re feeling especially adventurous),” he says.


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Outages Posted on New WordPress Status Blog

Major disruptions to the WordPress.org network are being published on a new website announced last week.

Lead core developer Andrew Nacin posted at Make WordPress Core that status.wordpress.org has been set up provide public updates regarding issues with the network.

The site is hosted outside the WordPress.org environment at WordPress.com and gives users a place to go if they’re experiencing problems accessing parts of the site and want to know what’s going on.

The new site comes after problems with the support forums last Thursday.


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Help WordPress: Take Part in the 2013 Annual Survey

WordPress.org wants to know how you use WordPress.

The third annual user and developer survey has been released ahead of WordCamp San Francisco and WordPress users of all descriptions are invited to have their say.

The survey asks questions like “Can you (truthfully!) say ‘I make my living from WordPress'”, “Who installed your WordPress website?” and “How much has the site been customized from the original WordPress installation?”

It’s certainly sure to reveal some juicy statistics on the how, who and where of the WordPress community across the world. Last year two thirds of respondents were from outside North America.

Big questions

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WP Daily: What the Heck is Going On?

Like most people in the WordPress community, I was shocked to check my news feed on Wednesday and discover WP Daily had shut up shop, the usual list of posts replaced with a blurry grayscale photo background and a link to a vague explanation saying the news site had “a great run.”

Since 8BIT’s news service published its first post, “Hello World!” on December 1 last year, WP Daily had become a friendly and familiar addition to my news feed, as well as a go-to site for all things WordPress.

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