WPLift.com has published a cool post that looks into the dark economy surrounding WordPress. That is, those who use WordPress in nefarious ways for profit. Examples include spammers, those who buy automated blog comments, hackers, and the unethical practice of reselling GPL products using trademarks and branding.
WordPress.com is passing milestones left and right. The site is now the 7th most trafficked website in the United States. This comes a month after WordPress.com slid into the #8 spot, passing Yahoo, Microsoft, Yelp, Pinterest, and Tumblr for a place in the top 10.
WordPress versions 3.7 and 3.8 have been under simultaneous development. This is the first time the project has undergone a tandem release cycle and the results so far have been very positive. The project’s momentum is at an all time high with a successful 3.7 release and some exciting core (more…)
Most WordPress maintenance releases are nothing to write home about, but WordPress 3.7.1 is one for the history books. This is the first maintenance release where users don’t have to lift a finger to get their sites upgraded. Sites already running WordPress 3.7 will soon be automatically upgraded to the (more…)
This is a simple thing but it bears mentioning. Many major WordPress theme providers offer the ability to easily add Google Analytics or other tracking code via the theme’s options panel. The idea stems from wanting to market a theme with everything needed to create the website that you see (more…)
About three years ago, WordPress introduced pie charts and a stats API to the plugin repository. These stats gave plugin authors a chance to see which versions of their plugin were activated while also giving a glimpse into how many actual users the plugin had. The API provided a method (more…)
ManageWP.org has been live since October 14th and has already accumulated over 1,000 registered users. The site has also been in the top 5 of traffic referrals to WPTavern.com, thanks in large part to the unsolicited submission of articles and upvotes. We extend a huge thank you to all who (more…)
WordPress is getting its own style guide. Helen Hou-Sandí is working on a new plugin called WordPress Style Guide to serve as a reference for building WordPress admin UI components. This is very much a work in progress and its purpose will evolve, as Helen notes on the plugin’s github (more…)
When Tom McFarlin released his WordPress Plugin Boilerplate on github last November, he has no idea how many developers would jump on board to contribute to this open source learning resource. The plugin has received a ton of support from the community, including commits from more than 26 contributors. McFarlin (more…)
It’s amazing how much WordPress code is available on github. Many developers choose not to place their plugins on WordPress.org for one reason or another, but this makes their code less convenient for others to find. Using a plugin from github traditionally requires you to visit github, search for the (more…)
Now that WordPress 3.7 is out in the wild and has already accumulated over 1.5 million downloads, the complaints are starting to roll in concerning the automatic update feature. On the Make.WordPress.core website where Andrew Nacin published a great guide on the different ways of configuring auto updates, users started (more…)