WPWeekly Episode 2 – Call Disaster Control

wordpressweekly1I really apologize for this weeks show. I wasn’t as prepared as I should of been and overall, it’s just been one hell of a week. There will be no WordPress Weekly Episode Three for the week of January 13th. However, the next episode of WordPress Weekly will be on Friday, January 25th, 2008. If you end up taking a listen to the show, I thank you for putting up with it. Next time, I will be well prepared and take the proper precautions to ensure that the next episode will be a good one. Thanks to Ronald, Brad and Andrew Rickmann for appearing on the show, I really appreciate it.

Stories Discussed:

Matt Mullenweg Turns 24 Matt Mullenweg, one of the WordPress founders turns 24 years old. Happy birthday man.

WordPress Weekly Digest for Dec 31st 2007 – Jan 6th 2008. Peter Westwood lets us know what has been changed and or fixed within the WordPress core throughout this time period. There quite a few things that are worth sharing in this update such as, the integration of the functions that the Optimal Title plugin was known for, the introduction of auto-suggest for tags, a new sidebar interface to choose which widgets you want on which sidebar, and last but not least, changes to the dual/visual code editors to remember which one you used last.

Smashing Magazines 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes Smashing Magazine has done it again by publishing an article which highlights 100 different high quality WordPress Themes. Some of these I’ve seen before while there are also a few new ones in this pack.

Uninstall – Is There Such A Thing? Earlier this week, I posted an article that took a hard look as to what uninstall actually means when you look at WordPress plugins. This has been a hot topic of debate during the week and I feel it will probably take up most of the show.

General Motors Using WordPress – One of the new General Motors community websites has elected to use WordPress as their publishing platform of choice. Personally, I don’t like the design and they are already a version behind.

WordPress Tips Of The Week:

Jeffro2pt0How To: Blocking Your WordPress Categories and Archives From Google Kyle Eslick has posted a small guide which explains how to cut down on the internal duplicate content issue. As it turns out, the biggest culprit for duplicate content is the Archive pages.

Ronald – Separate trackbacks from comments. Click here for a tutorial from DBT. While you’re at it, allow users to comment without having to register.

Here’s a bonus tip: If you are releasing something that you expect to get a lot of trackbacks from (such as a plugin), turn trackbacks off. Trackbacks usually only benefit the blog author anyway.

BradOur To Do List Plugin A simple todo list plugin to share ideas/todos with blog members. All members work together to manage the todo list under “Manage” section in WordPress administration interface.

Andrew Rickmann – An Uninstall tool that adds an uninstallation option on the plugins page. The uninstall option will only show up if the plugin has been deactivated and if the plugin author has created an uninstall file. Check out the second iteration of his tool, here.

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