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All posts tagged "Wordpress"

  • Starting a website? Tips on going niche, working smart and growing fast [WCCT]

    If you’re looking for examples of niche, it’s difficult to imagine a slimmer area of focus than one page websites. But it’s an interest in that specific area that has helped Cape Town-based developer and WordPress fan Rob Hope expand a side-project into a fulltime commitment, driven by the allure of the focused and inspiring. Hope is the man behind One Page Love – a design platform which highlights, reviews and showcases the stories behind single page websites. It’s a niche in modern web design, and one which is becoming a serious trend Hope has capitalised on. His site...

  • Automattic brings note-sharing app Simplenote to Android

    If you’re a fan of Automattic’s note sharing app Simplenote, but have been frustrated that it hasn’t been available Android then this news should please you. The company, which is best known for blogging platform and CMS WordPress, today announced that the Android version of the app is free and available for download right away. The app also allows you to create an account when you’re ready to back up your notes and sync with other devices. Previous users will be able to get started with their Android phones or tablets right away. The company says the new versions of...

  • Meet the government WordPress site that cost R140m to build [Update]

    If you were overcharged the last time you needed a website built, check this out: The Free State provincial government in South Africa reportedly forked out R140-million (US$15 366 680) for its online presence. According to The Sowetan newspaper Free State director general Elzabe Rockman signed a three-year contract to redesign the website in 2011. She apparently disputed this figure, saying it had actually cost a bargain-basement R40-million. The agreement was signed with Tumi Ntsele, a prominent businessman in the country who has business with several other provincial departments. Ntsele’s tender for the project was also accepted despite the...

  • 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...

  • 24 must-have widgets for your blog

    One of the best features of blog platforms is that they’re so customisable. Through plugins and widgets, you can easily add handy sharing capabilities, lists of recent posts, a live Twitter feed, whatever you like — adapting your design to your needs, setting it apart from the competition and making it distinct. Here’s a look at some of the coolest WordPress and Blogger widgets out there, to help you spice up your blog with the features that are right for you. For WordPress Better Recent Posts Pro Enhanced way to list recent posts in a widget, complete with control over which posts are...

  • 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...

  • WordPress. Joomla. Drupal. Yawn. 25+ powerful CMSes for hipsters

    It’s estimated that WordPress, Joomla and Drupal combined, constitute roughly 70% of the CMS market. Probably for good reason too. All three are highly customisable, extensible and have massive loyal — some say cult-like — user communities. CNN and Time run on WordPress. Joomla boasts big clients such as eBay, Barnes & Noble, Ikea and Pizza Hut. Ever heard of a little site called The Economist? How about The White House? Drupal have those covered. Clearly, if you’re cool you wouldn’t be caught dead using one of these mainstream CMSes to bootstrap your project. Or maybe you would? Because hating...

  • WordPress now lets you upload video direct from your iDevice

    Are you a WordPress user? Happen to have an iPhone or an iPad? Well now you can instantly upload video from your iDevice and embed it on your WordPress blog. The ability to do so comes in the shape of a tweak to the VideoPress upgrade. The company claims that VideoPress, which allows you to upload and embed your own videos on your blog, “now comfortably handles videos from iPhones and...

  • 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”....

  • New Twitter ‘great for brands’, enables easy tweet embedding for websites

    Twitter has rolled out a slew of changes. Included in the changes are a redesign and features which the social network claims will make it easier for people to embed tweets on their blogs and websites. Twitter says the changes will also help advertisers “create an even more compelling destination” for their brands. According to Twitter, the new “simplified design”, which will appear on both the web and mobile versions (although only on mobile at first) of the social network, makes it “easier than ever to follow what you care about, connect with others and discover something new”. ...

  • 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...

  • Four ways to improve security on your WordPress site

    In recent months, the web world was hit with a code exploit that affected many users across various web development platforms, from custom systems to Drupal and WordPress.org. This hack exploited a security vulnerability in the popular TimThumb image resizing PHP script, which allowed the hacker full access to any website running the older version of this script. An exploit of this nature, of course, didn’t go unnoticed. Within hours of the exploit being publicised, developers and website owners alike were rushing to their computers to make sure that all was safe on their online real estate. Having assisted...

  • WooThemes launches retail WordPress plugin

    WordPress theme provider WooThemes has launched a new plugin application and library of integrated themes. The company claims that the product, called WooCommerce, will help “individuals and businesses turn WordPress sites into simple, elegant and fully-customisable eCommerce offerings”. The South African-based company aims to replace traditional eCommerce CMS platforms and hosted services that require outside expertise to implement. It hopes that companies will instead use WooCommerce to build WordPress-powered shopping sites without the...

  • Early Facebook app developer claims hidden agendas killed his app

    A social music service is among the updates being rolled out by Facebook in the wake of its f8 developers’ conference. This audio service does, however, have a predecessor and its developer claims the project was killed for reasons very different to the ones reported on at the time. Former Motorola exec and entrepreneur Numair Faraz dropped a nuclear bomb in a blog post about his experiences as an early Facebook platform developer. Faraz launched “Audio” on Facebook shortly after the developer platform was released. On 30 July 2007 Facebook removed “Audio” from their platform for...