Category Archives: WordPress News

Students share WordPress news from WordPress development, contributions, WordCamps, WordPress events, and tutorials and tips they find throughout the quarter.

WordShesh: 24 Hours of WordPress Advice Online

WordShesh is a virtual style WordCamp presenting WordPress topics streamed for 24 hours on December 7, 2013, from 00:00 UTC on. There will be one session every hour on the hour with international WordPress experts.

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BuddyPress 1.9 Beta Test Released

The BuddyPress team are working hard on this innovative WordPress Plugin that brings a social layer to your self-hosted WordPress site. The next release is in beta testing with BuddyPress 1.9 Beta 1 released to testers.

WordPress News: 10/7-10/15

WordPress 3.7 Beta 2 Released

WordPress 3.7 Beta 2 is out and ready for download. If you downloaded the Beta 1 then in theory Beta 2 should have updated automatically. This is still in development (a.k.a. lots of bugs!) so I do not recommend running this on your main site but to run it on another site or at least do not run on ones with high traffic.

WordPress 3.7 Beta 2

The new features are as follows:

  • Automatic background updates – so when beta 3 rolls around no need for another download!
  • Search results – now ordered by relevance other than date.
  • Password Meter – Strong passwords are important and this new meter will help get better passwords.

They need more beta testers so get on the downloading!
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WordPress Usage Statistics

WordPress has been growing in popularity ever since its creation in 2003, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. As of October 2013, WordPress is being used on 71.4 million sites around the world. During the 2013 San Francisco WordCamp, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg stated that “18.9% of the web is now running on WordPress.” That is a 2.2% improvement over 2012.

Google Trends supports the fact that WordPress is becoming more popular around the world. The following chart shows how often WordPress has been searched for in relation to the total amount of searches during the specified time period. This chart shows that the interest in WordPress has continued to grow over the years, and WordPress now has a significant advantage over the competition. Please click on the chart if you would like to see the larger interactive Google Trends chart.

Google Trends for WordPress
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