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Wordpress

  • How has WordPress evolved as a business tool?

    WordPress as a business platform is not a new trend by any means. Successful businesses have been running on WordPress for a long time, what’s changed is how they do it and how easy it is to join them. Whether B2B or B2C, it should be the first choice CMS for existing businesses and new startups alike. Of course there is quite a bit more to it. One does not simply get...

  • WordPress unveils new live-blogging plugin

    This is very cool, especially if CovertLive’s move from free to paid had you distraught. Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has unveiled a new live-blogging platform, aptly called Liveblog. Once you’ve installed the plugin, all you have to do check a box and boom, you’re live-blogging. WordPress says you’ll even be able to turn existing posts into live-blogs. According to the company: Your readers want your updates as quickly as possible, and we...

  • WordPress claims ‘biggest update ever’ with new iOS version

    Expect to see people blogging a lot more from their iDevices in the near future. WordPress today rolled out a new version of its iOS app, calling it the “biggest update ever”. According to WordPress, the new app features “a completely re-imagined interface” for both iPhone and iPad that “takes mobile blogging to the next level”. Big words sure, but remember that we’re talking about the web’s most popular content management system (CMS) here. Company founder Matt Mullenweg has spoken about the need to get mobile right before, so it was only a matter of time before his...

  • Why WordPress’ Facebook plugin is actually a big deal

    One of the key success factors of blogging is the ability to share. Facebook are the masters of sharing. Small wonder then that on 12 June Facebook launched its latest blogging application. By downloading the Facebook for WordPress plugin bloggers and administrators can now publish content to WordPress directly from Facebook. Nice. “The plugin was built by Facebook engineers in collaboration with open source partners, and makes it simple for anyone to...

  • Facebook’s official WordPress plugin is here, bloggers rejoice

    Facebook has announced a new plugin for WordPress that will allow bloggers to tap into Facebook features, such as social publishing and mentions directly from their WordPress dashboards. According to Facebook engineer Matt Kelly: “Once the plugin is installed, you can cross-post content published to WordPress to your Facebook Timeline and the Facebook Pages you manage. You can also mention the names of Pages and friends as you post to further distribute your content.” According to WordPress, the plugin will allow bloggers to: Post to an Author’s Facebook Timeline whenever they publish a new WordPress Post or Page. Mention friends and Facebook Pages....

  • Mullenweg: Future of WordPress is ‘shorter, simpler, faster’

    WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg reckons that the platform he founded is going to have to radically evolve if it’s going to succeed on tablets and smartphones. The social media entrepreneur took to his blog to explain what changes the blogging platform, turned Content Management System (CMS) would have to make. In the post, he expresses his belief that WordPress “is seeing growth and innovation in being used as an application platform (I think we’re about a third of the way through that), and just now starting to embrace social and mobile”. He calls this embracing of social and mobile...

  • Why PressTrends is one of the most exciting things to happen to WordPress

    Recent news around WordPress has, primarily, been focussed around the release of WordPress version 3.3 and the launch of WordAds. Those of us interested in the business of WordPress, however, have also been keeping an eye on a new player in the arena – PressTrends. The industry surrounding WordPress theme shops is an ever-growing and ever-evolving landscape. With new theme shops opening on a daily basis worldwide, one aspect of the industry that is making its way to the front line is that of trends and statistics. How can a theme shop better serve its customers? By gathering...

  • WordPress 3.3 release trends globally

    The release of WordPress 3.3, dubbed “Sonny” in honour of renowned Jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt, has generated so much online buzz that it has become a global trending topic on Twitter. According to the blogging platform’s founder Matt Mullenweg, “WordPress has had over 65-million downloads since version 3.0 was released”. He claims that in the newest iteration, his organisation has “added significant polish around the new user experience, navigation, uploading, and imports”....

  • WordPress lets bloggers make money with WordAds

    One of the world’s foremost blogging platforms and content management systems, WordPress, is now allowing bloggers to make money via online advertising. The programme, called WordAds, has been developed in conjunction with advertising and publishing company, Federated Media. According to a statement by WordPress’ parent company Automattic, the company says the decision to introduce WordAds was based, at least partially, on pressure from WordPress.com users. Speaking to Memeburn, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg confirmed this, saying that the main driver behind WordAds was the fact that “since WordPress.com was started, six years ago, advertising has been our #1 feature request”. “We...

  • State of the word: What to look forward to in WordPress 3.3

    With more than 3.5-million downloads since release, WordPress version 3.2 has been received by users worldwide with open arms. A fresh coat of paint applied to the admin interface, as well as noticable performance enhancements and a host of new features demonstrate that WordPress is showing no signs of slowing down. As has come to be expected from the WordPress development team, the proposed specifications for version 3.3 were drafted just days after the release of 3.2. With distraction-free writing (a “zen mode”, if you will) and a new default theme among the many features of version 3.2, what could...

  • The future of WordPress: Q&A with founder Matt Mullenweg

    Named as one of the 25 most influential people on the web, Matt Mullenweg founded and runs an open source web platform that has revolutionised website publishing. WordPress began its life as free, open-source blogging software which quickly evolved into a general-purpose CMS used by millions of sites on the web. The success of WordPress speaks for itself — and it is one of the most popular content management system engines around...

  • Ways to enhance your WordPress blog

    WordPress has, for many, become the platform of choice for powering business websites, both general content-managed and blog websites alike. Let us not forget the platform’s roots, which lie in the realm of personal blogging and “what I did on my weekend”-style blog posts, shared with friends and bloggers the world over. WordPress, when used to its fullest as a blogging platform, has an immense amount of functionality built in to truly enhance and ease the blogging experience. There are, of course, a few extras that can be added to enhance your blog and really make it work for you,...

  • Multiple DDOS attacks threaten WordPress and int’l governments

    In a day of multiple cyber-attacks across the web, WordPress, the government of South Korea and 29 international government agencies were threatened by DDOS attacks. South Korea issued a cyber security alert as the websites of 29 government and other agencies came under attack Friday, the Korea Communications Commission said. A commission spokesman said the DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks had initially been expected to hit 40 websites but only 29 were actually affected. They included those of the presidential Blue House, the US forces, the military Joint Chiefs of Staff, the ministries of foreign affairs, defence and unification, parliament...

  • Anticipation builds around the impressive, upcoming WordPress 3.1

    With three release candidates available at the time of writing, and a bleeding edge build of the software released nightly, WordPress version 3.1 is steadily gaining hype within the WordPress community. With the WordPress brand having shown a considerable increase in popularity during 2010, version 3.1 of the software is fast becoming one of the most anticipated software releases of early 2011. Several months ago, Memeburn explored the features users could expect from WordPress version 3.1. Today, we’ll look back on this list, observe how each feature has developed and discuss some new features that made it into this release. Internal...

  • The WordPress evolution: 10 major media players that use it

    Over the past three years WordPress has evolved from being predominantly blog-centric into a full, hands-on content management system (CMS) with more than 15-million blogs being hosted on WordPress.com. While it’s impossible to count the number of standalone sites that are powered by WordPress.org, the self-installed version of WordPress, we can expect that the number is growing exponentially as the open source software has distinguished itself as the world’s most popular CMS and blogging engine. With thousands of widgets, plugins and themes — all of which are fully customisable — the unique system has given managing web content a...