WordPress News

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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WordPress 3.6 Release Candidate Set to Come Out Tomorrow

The elusive WordPress update we’ve been waiting months to see has inched a little closer to release.

According to lead core developer Mark Jaquith, we can expect a release candidate by tomorrow.

In a post at Make WordPress Core, Jaquith says the pesky Post Formats UI that has held up the release of the long awaited version 3.6 has been extracted. He says revisions in the latest release have also been given an “intense” refactoring, allowing users to scale up to hundreds of versions without killing your server or browser.

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Managed WordPress Hosting Company Page.ly Acquires BlogDroid

The world of managed WordPress hosting seems to be getting more crowded by the day; however, it recently became a little more consolidated as Page.ly announced it has recently acquired BlogDroid in an all cash purchase.

BlogDroid, based out of East Berlin, Connecticut, started in 2012. Page.ly is based in Chandler, Arizona and was started in 2009 by husband and wife team Joshua and Sally Strebel.

The Page.ly front page.

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WordPress 3.6 Update: It’s Done When It’s Done

It feels like it’s been forever since we last had an update on how work is going on the hotly anticipated release of WordPress 3.6.

But during a developer chat yesterday, lead core developer Andrew Nacin gave the first hint in weeks on where things are at: version 3.6 will be shipped “when it’s done.”

“There is, very simply, still work to do,” Nacin said.

“No surprises like MP6 (I saw on Twitter) or anything like that.

“There will be a beta this week, promise.”


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WordPress.com Dashboard Gets a Beautiful, Darker Look

WordPress.com has been given a tall, dark and handsome makeover. Well, maybe not the tall bit.

Automattic designer Matt Thomas yesterday announced the dashboard’s redesign, which features better contrast, the “oh-so-lovely” Open Sans as the default typeface… and is pretty much the (top secret!) MP6 plugin many of us were expecting would be part of WordPress 3.6.

The revamp also includes redrawn icons and spacing in the dashboard has been opened up.

Thomas said he had a handful of goals for the redesign, which included:

A simply, uncluttered design; free of excessive decoration and focused on your content.


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Automattic and its Cheque Book: A Look at the WordPress Company’s Acquisitions

Automattic has added to its growing stable of acquisitions, buying out WordPress blog editor Poster.

The app’s creator Tom Witkin announced the news in a short statement on his blog, saying he, along with his software, had been snatched up by the WordPress.com parent company. He didn’t disclose how much money changed hands.

Witkin will be joining Automattic’s mobile team as a designer and coder.


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What’s New In BuddyPress 1.8

In case you missed it, the first beta of BuddyPress 1.8 was released this week. BuddyPress 1.7 introduced theme compatiblity and a host of other exciting features. Although 1.8 has had a shorter release cycle, it’s still packed with some very cool new features and improvements.

Here’s a little bit of what you can expect from BuddyPress 1.8:

BP_Group_Extension Rewritten
Many BuddyPress plugins interface with the groups component. The BP_Group_Extension has been rewritten to make it faster for plugins that depend on it. The new changes will make writing group extension plugins much easier than before.

Improvements to Group Administration Panels


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