Not long ago at WPMU DEV, we found ourselves up the proverbial creek without a paddle. Well, we had a paddle, but it just wasn’t a very good one.
The problem was success. The paddle was gmail. The solution was Help Scout.
Check out the video and/or read on for how it panned out… there’s a special offer at the end.
The Problem – Awesomeness
It’s about time that the WordPress Admin got some love! It was starting to look a little bit like the Velveteen Rabbit of the web. The good news is that the WordPress elves have secretly been hard at work designing a beautiful new update for the dashboard and we think you’re going to love it.
Hold on to your hats, folks! Here’s a sneak peek:
MP6: A Plugin to Break the wp-admin UI
It has been almost three months since the release of WordPress 3.5 “Elvin” which brought many new features to the table, such as a revamped Media Manager and the elimination of Links Manager. That said, the roadmap for the release of version 3.6 has already been prepared, and in this article, we shall take a look at the new features and ideas that WP 3.6 is expected to bring to fruition.
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Talking of big fat things, I’ll start with a hefty disclaimer, I’m the founder and CEO of Edublogs – the largest education blog provider (and also based on WordPress) on the web.
So, having got that out of the way let me tell you why I’m profoundly unconcerned by the announcement today that WordPress.com is venturing into the ‘education vertical’ and why I don’t think it should scare of any other niche site builders out there.
tl;dr – it’s shallow, insincere, cynical, lacking in focus and flimsy.
Almost too shallow for words
The first draft of the new Twenty Thirteen WordPress theme was made public this week. Mark Jaquith introduced the new theme on make.wordpress.org. The goals for the Twenty Thirteen theme are to provide a focus on blogging as well as great support for post formats.
Here’s a quick peek at what the design team has been up to:
Check out a live demo.
It’s a happy day in the world of WordPress. The 3.5 “Elvin” release is now ready for download. Yes, that’s right, the 3.5 release has been dubbed “Elvin” – not as in elves but rather named for jazz drummer Elvin Jones. Curious about what’s new? Here’s a quick summary:
WordPress Media Completely Re-Envisioned
This release includes massive changes to the WordPress media library. You’re simply going to love how easy it is to add new media to WordPress. It provides a totally new experience for uploading photos and creating galleries.
New Twenty Twelve Default Theme
We’re down to only a few weeks left in 2012, and the last one gone by has been a great source for some fantastic WordPress goodies.
This week on WPMU’s Best in WordPress, we bring you information on the new WP 3.5, web analytics and SEO, some responsive CSS, and tips on how to get more involved in the WordPress community. Enjoy!
1. How to Become a Top WordPress Professional: SmashingMagazine
In this week’s episode of Best in WordPress, we bring you a variety of posts, including a tutorial on theme creation, turning RSS feeds into content, official WordPress news, and a cool new way to add pull-quotes in your articles.
So let’s get started, shall we…
1. A Quick Method for Creating WordPress Themes (WPhub.com)
This post from WPHub gives you a great checklist for the required items of creating a new WordPress theme – including all the files you need to create, and the ones you don’t.
2. Turn Your RSS Into Content (SpeckyBoy)