WordPress News

WordPress 3.6 is Alive: The New Heartbeat API

We’ve been anticipating the release of WordPress 3.6 for weeks now, but it’s definitely alive – and you could say it even has a pulse.

The Heartbeat API will be a new feature introduced in the latest release. It’s been designed to deliver login expiration notifications, provide post locking and trigger autosaves - making writers like me very happy.

According to Andrew Ozz who is leading the API’s development:

“The purpose of this API is to simulate bidirectional connection between the browser and the server. Initially it will be used for autosave, post locking and log-in expiration warning while a user is writing or editing.

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How NASA Is Using WordPress to Promote Open Source Technologies

The National Aeronautic and Space Administration has been a leading global pioneer in science and technology since its inception in 1958, boldly going where no man has gone before. NASA has produced technology that has been adapted not only for the grandeur of space exploration but also for non-aerospace uses in the private sector, bringing us everything from the moon landing and GPS navigation to improved breast cancer testing procedures.

But did you know that NASA is also an active participant in the open source community?

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WordPress For iOS Gets a Makeover in 3.6 Update

The WordPress iOS app has been given more than just a dash of lipstick in its latest release.

Version 3.6 has undergone a complete makeover, with a new UI, a shortcut in the sidebar for faster and easier posting and improved push notifications.

The interface is not as clunky as it used to be – it’s easier than ever to fire up the app while you’re sitting on the train to work or having a coffee at your favourite cafe and tap out a quick post.

According to the Make WordPress Mobile change log, version 3.6 includes:

A completely redesigned new user experience

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WordPress Kills Post Formats UI For 3.6 Release

Mark Jaquith announced today that Post Formats UI will not be a part of the core in WordPress 3.6 but will be relegated to a plugin, similar to MP6. We’re referring to the fancy new display that would have been added to the post edit screen:

Why is WordPress Killing Post Formats UI?
It seems the attention to the post formats was holding up the 3.6 release date, so it’s been punted to a plugin. The core WordPress contributors are now hatching a plan for extracting it from this release.

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Sweet Pay Day For Automattic Employees: Tiger Global Invests $50 million

Some of Automattic’s early employees and shareholders are set to rake in the moolah.

Hedge fund and private equity investor Tiger Global has snapped up $50 million worth of shares from existing shareholders, including some of the company’s early and loyal staff.

Rather than invest directly in the company, Tiger’s share buyout allows these shareholders to turn paper wealth into actual cash – and possibly yachts and really fast cars.

Just a week after Yahoo bought our blogging site Tumblr for $1.1 billion, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg announced the deal on his personal blog.

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Happy 10th Birthday, WordPress!

WordPress turns 10 years old today. So Happy Birthday, big boy!

Here’s the announcement of the very first release where co-founder Matt Mullenweg announces the likes of a blogroll manager, smart line breaks, and manual excerpts. Obviously, it’s come a long way.

The current number of WordPress-run sites are a little mind-boggling and also hard to keep up with: reportedly somewhere over 20% of sites on the web now run WordPress. The number of new sites added daily quickly makes any figures you might find old news.

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The Quickest Way to Create Custom WordPress Queries

When working with WordPress templates for posts and pages, WP_Query allows you to customize and order the information you want to display. The WordPress Query Generator is a new web application, created by the folks at Spruce Interactive. It’s a very useful tool for quickly spitting out customized queries to use in your templates.

The generator lets you easily select post status, type, order, etc via a dropdown menu. You can also type in your own categories and tags.

Here’s a sample query generated:

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Google Penguin 2.0: Are You Nervously Watching Your Traffic Stats?

If you don’t compulsively hit refresh on your site’s traffic stats, you might want to go and take a look.

Google has released the latest – and highly anticipated – update to its anti-spam algorithm, Penguin 2.0.

WordPress users could be forgiven for welcoming the news with trepidation. After the last major update a year ago many sites took a massive hit in traffic… including WPMU.org

This time, the roll-out hasn’t come as a surprise. Matt Cutts, head of Google’s webspam team, announced on his personal blog on May 22 the roll out of the next generation of the algorithm was complete.

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What To Expect In WordPress 4.0

Here at WPMU.org we are waiting in excited anticipation for the release of WordPress 4.0. It doesn’t matter that 3.6 is just around the corner – 4.0 just can’t come soon enough!

So to help calm our nerves we’ve been speculating about what it will include and what we hope to see in this future version of WordPress.

Some of our predictions might seem a bit more, erm, unlikely than others, but hey, we’re allowed to have some fun and dream a little huh :)

Let us know your thoughts, and what you would like to see in WordPress 4.0 in the comments below.

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Google Wants Your WordPress Site

The biggest web company in the world has finally announced its support for the most widely used programming language.

At its I/O developer event last week, Google announced PHP is now supported in its platform-as-a-service offering, Google App Engine.

It’s fantastic news for WordPress users – it means Google can now host WordPress sites in its cloud and developers can take advantage of App Engine’s auto-scaling, reliability and security.

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