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Tom McFarlin: Become a Better Programmer and Person

Tom McFarlin wrote an article concerning the fact that we have all become way too comfortable in expressing our unfiltered opinions in 140 words or less.  Tom shows how a simple lack of empathy in a seemingly unimportant, small discussion online can influence way more people than intended.  He shows how people insulate themselves from criticism by basically using the lyrics from a classic rock song from Queen.

Nothing really matters, anyone can see, nothing really matters, nothing really matters to me.

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Make a Better WordCamp

According to Aaron Jorbin, WordCamp organizers need to create an interesting experience for attendees by utilizing strategic and engaging ways to teach WordPress. Subject matter being discussed should be of primary importance. His article suggests that WordCamp should provoke thought, discussion, and make people walk away feeling like they gained valuable knowledge. If people walk away from a WordCamp and don’t think about some aspect of it later, you can’t call it a success.

Jen Mylo Series: Putting a Site on a Domain

Jen Mylo series “Site Setup Journal: Prologue,” is about how she has set out on her adventure to set up a website on a self owned domain by using only the resources available to the average Joe. She then continues to express her frustration of trying to accomplish this task. Mylo has set this series up in a way that will make you want to read her next articles.
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Take care when choosing an eCommerce Plugin

There are several factors to consider when choosing an eCommerce plugin for WordPress. Patrick Mwachugu outlines them in his overview in his article of “Factors to consider about these WordPress Plugins”. Patrick reviews WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads and Get Shopped as well as naming other examples. When choosing a Plugin it is a good idea to read his article for the positives and negatives before you decide which direction to go with your website.

Whether picking out a Plugin to work straight off at download or one that will need customization, you have decisions to make before you pick the Plugin that will work for you and your business. Marketing, shipping, managing orders, and payment options are some of the items to consider and this article is one place to start for your WordPress needs. He points out that you need to also consider what you are capable of doing with your website in order to be successful as well. This is a one place to reference before you pick out a eCommerce Plugin for WordPress.

You Can Count on WP Tally

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you knew how many times your own hand-coded Plugin was downloaded? According to Jeff’s Chandler recent WP Tavern article, “How to Obtain The Total Download Count For Plugins Attached to a WordPress.org Username,” a new Plugin called WP Tally does just that: it keeps track of the number of times any one Plugin has been downloaded.

WordPress Content Type Standards Community Project

WP Tavern reported recently that WordPress Developers are organizing a community initiative to standardize common post types, taxonomies and meta data. Led by Justin Tadlock, popular WordPress developer and author of Professional WordPress Plugin Development, the goals of the community project are to name these common parts of WordPress to create a more stable and portable nomenclature for WordPress.

If you are interested in participating, check out the Content Type Standards community project.

WordPress 4.0 Beta Releases

WordPress.org logoWordPress 4.0 Beta 1 and Beta 2 have been released for testing.

The list of changes and improvements include:

  • Multimedia Links: Instead of using embed codes or shortcodes, WordPress developers are working to permit multimedia link embeds into posts and Pages. Just get the address of the YouTube, Flickr, DailyMotion, Blip, Photobucket, SmugMug, Viddler, Vimeo, and many others and they will appear as the multimedia content. Work has been going on with this for several versions, but this is a big push to improve the system.
  • Media Library Grid View: Work on improving the Media Library and media management system in WordPress continues with the addition of a grid view in addition to the existing list view, and image and image information previews.
  • TinyMCE/Toolbar: The Toolbar for the Visual Editor in WordPress, called TinyMCE, has improvements for lists and other features, and the color picker was added back in.

WordPress 4.0 is expected next month in August.

Remember, this is a beta release and not for the light of heart.

HHVM: Speed in WordPress Development

HHVM or Hip Hop Virtual Machine has been ported over to the WordPress development crowd down to the core. HHVM was originally developed by Facebook as a way to curb expenses of more hardware for improved speed and reliability of server side php execution though a process know as JIT or Just In Time.

Through Varying Vagrant Vagrants or VVV, HMVM is ported into an Apache web development environment which allows for near production environment on WordPress functionality down to the core. VVV is a replacement sandbox for MAMP/XAMPP development tools and environments. Continue reading HHVM: Speed in WordPress Development

Domain Name Services: Postman of the Internet

Domain Name Services (DNS) is a service which exist to help us humanize the addresses of networked resources. Humans remember words as a whole easier than numbers representing octal based Internet Protocol addresses of those same networked resources be them across the Wide World Web or just an arms length away on our local network.

That was a mouth full. Essentially through DNS you can type in a URL into your favorite web browser and through the process of name resolution your system contacts a server acting in your behalf to find the correct IP address that matches the human oriented address you type in.

Sounds simple but a lot of chatter between various servers near and far may happen just to pull up that favorite site that you wish to view. First your own system will see if it has the particular IP/URL pairing locally in it’s own tables. On your computer this information will be kept in a host.txt file and depending on the operating system the location varies. Continue reading Domain Name Services: Postman of the Internet

WordPress.com’s Transparancy Report

Among the more lovable pieces of web entertainment, one can not deny that watching the NSA and multimillion companies partake in political intrigue is one of those events in which you take up a seat and grab the popcorn.

While most sites are trying to combat the “threat” of government monitoring and takedowns, WordPress decided it clearly had nothing to hide in this game of political intrigue and released their WordPress Transparency Report on Automattic, the commercial company behind WordPress.com. Continue reading WordPress.com’s Transparancy Report