Great news! The latest and greatest WordPress release, version 3.6, is now live to the world and includes a beautiful new blog-centric theme, bullet-proof autosave and post locking, a revamped revision browser, amazing native support for audio and video embeds, and improved integrations with Spotify, Rdio, and SoundCloud. There is no doubt that WordPress is the best Content Management System you can use for your site.
This release is called “Oscar” in honor of the great jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. Here’s a bit more about some of the new features, which you can also find on the about page in your dashboard after you upgrade.
■The new Twenty Thirteen theme inspired by modern art puts focus on your content with a colorful, single-column design made for media-rich blogging.
■Revamped Revisions save every change and the new interface allows you to scroll easily through changes to see line-by-line who changed what and when.
■Post Locking and Augmented Autosave will especially be a boon to sites where more than a single author is working on a post. Each author now has their own autosave stream, which stores things locally as well as on the server (so much harder to lose something) and there’s an interface for taking over editing of a post, as demonstrated beautifully by our bearded buddies in the video above.
■Built-in HTML5 media player for native audio and video embeds with no reliance on external services.
■The Menu Editor is now much easier to understand and use.
■A new audio/video API gives you access to metadata like ID3 tags.
■You can now choose HTML5 markup for things like comment and search forms, and comment lists.
■Better filters for how revisions work, so you can store a different amount of history for different post types.
■Tons more listed on the Codex, and of course you can always browse the over 700 closed tickets.
10 years ago today, the first release of WordPress became available. It all started as a fork of the platform b2/Cafelog. WordPress has grown to be the largest Content Management System in the world, powering over 18% of all websites on the Internet.
Nearly 70 million websites run WordPress and it’s hard to understate the impact that the software has had on the world of digital publishing. Hundreds of high-profile websites, including blogs from CNN, The New York Times and Reuters, all use WordPress.
WordPress was started by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little and the open-source software has grown to include thousands of contributors. For Matt Mullenweg, hitting the decade mark was a bit startling for him. In a blog post, he wrote about the great platform he helped create:
Has it really been 10 years? It seems just yesterday we were playing around on my blog, and the blogs of a few high school friends. Two of those friends are married, one isn’t anymore, two are still figuring things out, and one has passed away.
You were cute before you became beautiful. Wearing black and white, afraid of color, trying to be so unassuming. I know you got jealous when I wore those Blogger t-shirts. They were the cool kids at SxSW and I thought maybe you could grow up to be like them.
You wouldn’t have shirts of your own for a few more years. We didn’t know what we were doing when we made them and the logo printed ginormous. People called them the Superman shirt and made fun of them. But, oh, that logo — the curves fit you so well.
You showed the world you were growing up, and how much you cared about design and typography and other platonic ideals. You knew that open source didn’t have to be homely. I stretched myself too thin trying to get you there, and I did a stupid thing to pay for it. I hurt you, but instead of casting me away you held me closer, supported me, gave me another chance. I will never forget that. Akismet made me feel less guilty. I wouldn’t change anything, because the mistake made me understand how important it is to fly straight and take your time.
You’re so beautiful… I’m continually amazed and delighted by how you’ve grown. Your awkward years are behind you. Best of all, through it all, you’ve stuck with the principles that got you started in the first place. You’re always changing but that never changes. You’re unafraid to try new things that may seem wacky or unpopular at first.
I see you all over the world now, glowing from screens, bringing people together at meetups and WordCamps — you’re at your best when you do that. You’re my muse; you inspire me, and I’ve seen you inspire others. You become a part of their life and they become a part of yours. I hope we grow old together.
Cheers to ten years, and here’s to a hundred more.
Happy 10th Birthday, Dear WordPress!
Every blogger knows the importance of search engine optimization. Without proper SEO, getting organic traffic from major search engines like Google can get difficult. And since search engine traffic is free and highly targeted, no blogger should miss out on it. However, if you look around you will find that there are many bloggers that tend to make SEO mistakes that cost them in the long run. In the following article we look into a few common mistakes that you should avoid as a blogger if you’re looking out to get ranked high on the search engine result pages….
#1: Purchasing Links
When you buy links, you take a risk that can cause damage to your relationship with Google and other search engines. While it may give you a temporary boost, it will definitely prove to be harmful as time goes by.
There are many times when paid links are flagged by Google and this can affect your rankings. For example, if you purchase a few hundred links to have them pointed to your own website, all on the same day, you may have some of these links flagged not only for irregular link activity but also for other reasons if the links are not relevant.
#2: Duplicate Content
Google wants your blog to bring value to the table. If you’re going to create duplicate content on your blog with only little variation just for the purpose of populating your site then it’s not a good practice. For instance, ‘understanding section 529 college savings plans’ and ‘knowing section 529 college savings plans’ are pretty similar topics – so even if you create a totally different page or post for both these keywords, it will still put you at risk of getting a search engine penalty. The Big G has an advanced algorithm that can easily catch you playing with topics/keywords that are identical.
So what’s the solution? Taking our above 529 plans example, what you can do is penetrate this topic and go into the details in order to find subtopics that you can work with. The deeper you go, the better it is. This will help you in strengthening each of your blog post and also give you the needed edge over the competition.
#3: Writing Little Content
Gone are the days when you could write a 300-400 word blog post and have it ranked in Google. Today, things are different after the infamous Google Panda and Penguin updates. You have to work on your content and create something that’s worth it – or else it simply doesn’t make it to the front page.
The reason why Google made this update is because there were many junk websites or blogs with little content were ranking high due to factors such as a high number of incoming links. But now your blog has to have in-depth content that is not only written well but is also organized well.
So what does this mean to you? Let’s say you run an education blog and you’re writing about the cost of living that a student would incur when moving to a new city. Don’t just write a few paragraphs about it. Go in-depth in explaining the why and the how. Use facts, figures and link to other education sites/blogs that discuss the cost of living factor. This will only add more depth to your content, but will also make it more valuable helping attract more quality incoming links.
The above SEO mistakes that we discussed are pretty common amongst bloggers, but they’re also big. So if you are making these mistakes then it’s about time you fix them to rank better in the search engines.
Infosource: Clean and crisp with the option to display links to your profiles on all the popular social networks, the Infosource Theme is just that… all the essentials for a professional blog. Of course it supports custom menus, widgets and has a full width template so it is pretty versatile and could be used for any number of applications.
Chunk: A straightforward theme with bold typography designed by Tran N. Featuring multiple post formats, custom background, custom menu, and custom header. Also comes with an optional footer widget area.
Photologger: Photologger is a minimalist theme that is ideal for photo blogs, magazines & portfolios. Custom Background, Custom Header, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube links, Spacious, customiseable, clean, and very fast to load.
Annotum Sans: A child theme of Annotum, an open-source, open-process, open-access scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress, with a modern, sans-serif style. Annotum provides a complete, open-access scholarly journal production system including peer-review, workflow, and advanced editing and formatting features such as structured figures, equations, PubMed and CrossRef reference import, and structured XML input and output compatible with the National Library of Medicine’s Journal Article DTD.
Spine: Theme based on Hybrid Core and Zurb Foundation front end framework.
A new WordPress release is available and chock-full of goodies to delight bloggers and developers alike. We’re calling this one “Elvin” in honor of drummer Elvin Jones, who played with John Coltrane in addition to many others.
If you’ve been around WordPress a while, the most dramatic new change you’ll notice is a completely re-imagined flow for uploading photos and creating galleries. Media has long been a friction point and we’ve listened hard and given a lot of thought into crafting this new system. 3.5 includes a new default theme, Twenty Twelve, which has a very clean mobile-first responsive design and works fantastic as a base for a CMS site. Finally we’ve spent a lot of time refreshing the styles of the dashboard, updating everything to be Retina-ready with beautiful high resolution graphics, a new color picker, and streamlining a couple of fewer-used sections of the admin.
New Media Manager
Introducing Twenty Twelve
The newest default theme for WordPress is simple, flexible, and elegant.
What makes it really shine are the design details, like the gorgeous Open Sans typeface and a fully responsive design that looks great on any device.
Naturally, Twenty Twelve supports all the theme features you’ve come to know and love, but it is also designed to be as great for a website as it is for a blog.
So Sharp You Can’t See the Pixels
The WordPress dashboard now looks beautiful on high-resolution screens like those found on the iPad, Kindle Fire HD, Nexus 10, and MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Icons and other visual elements are crystal clear and full of detail.
You can Update directly from Dashboard -> Updates.
One of the most important things a small business generally focuses upon is keeping unnecessary costs down. After all, if you can get by without buying that coffee machine or by getting your office chair at a thrift shop, then what’s the point of spending more? Yet sometimes this impulse to shave costs can lead to worse overall results.
Perhaps the clearest example of this is when it comes to the decision of whether to hire a graphic designer. Many small businesses figure that the logo they’ve come up with is good enough, and don’t bother with anything fancy when creating advertisements or designing letterhead. However, this misunderstanding of the importance of design can easily result in lost sales for your company over the long term.
Having proper signage that fits with your logo, advertisements, and website is extremely important for your brand. In the long term, brand awareness can be the deciding factor in a majority of those potential consumers who were on the fence about using your service. This is why hiring a graphic designer is often a more important decision than ensuring you get the very best credit card for small business. Not hiring a designer can result in far less sales, but the second best credit card will likely perform nearly as well in terms of the overall success of your business.
Graphic designers understand why logos in this day and age need to have scalable designs. The logo as it is seen on your outdoor signage will be slightly different from the one you use in print ads, which in turn will be different from the header of your website, which itself will be further different from your website favicon. To the untrained eye, all of these will look similar, but each has different needs based on the medium that only a graphic designer can accommodate. Overhead signs must take perspective into account; print ads must include high dpi to ensure the resolution looks good; websites need a forward-facing design; and favicons need familiarity without high resolution.
For people not well-versed in graphic design, the best way to explain why designers are necessary is to use an analogy. For most consumers in the United States, credit is a way of life. People buy everything on credit, which makes the average household credit card debt rise over time. Yet those savvy enough to consult a financial planner will know better than the average household and will thereby avoid the pitfall of accruing too much debt. It’s the same with graphic designers. Even if you’re tight on cash, contact your local liberal arts college and get the graphic design teacher to recommend a student to you. You’ll be glad you did.
WordPress 3.4.2 has just been released and is now available for download. This update is a maintenance and security release for all previous versions.
After nearly 15 million downloads since 3.4 was released not three months ago, we’ve identified and fixed a number of nagging bugs, including:
■Fix some issues with older browsers in the administration area.
■Fix an issue where a theme may not preview correctly, or its screenshot may not be displayed.
■Address pagination problems with some category permalink structures.
■Improve plugin compatibility with the visual editor.
■Prevent improperly sized header images from being uploaded.
■Avoid errors with both oEmbed providers and trackbacks.
This version also fixes a few security issues and contains some security hardening. The vulnerabilities included potential privilege escalation and a bug that affects multisite installs with untrusted users. These issues were discovered and fixed by the WordPress security team.
Download 3.4.2 now or visit your Dashboard → Updates in your site admin to update now.