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  1. My Biggest Take-Aways from WordCamp San Francisco 2013

    Devin Reams, Alex King, Shane Pearlman at dinner with WP Engine

    My biggest take-aways from WordCamp San Francisco 2013 were: 2 water bottles 4 t-shirts 10 stickers 2 pair of sunglasses …but seriously, the sessions I attended were great and I was able to see the direction that the WordPress project and community are headed. All while having some serious (and fun) discussions (with beverages). Here…

  2. Post Formats and WordPress 3.6 →

    I found some confusion an interesting discussion over on WordPress Tavern around Post Formats:

    I used post formats for a few months on WPTavern.com and I’ve made a few conclusions. The first is that post formats encourage short form content. Not only is short form content easy to do, it also promotes creating a fire hose of content. The second, the majority of people were reading WPTavern.com via their favorite feedreader. Feedreaders don’t display content the same as a website. Third, some of the formats I selected displayed on the home page without a post title or an ability to comment. I think this had more to do with how my theme was displaying the formats more than anything else. Last but not least, I started treating post formats as categories.

    Here are my thoughts and response republished:

    As Chip has described, the concept of a “format” really just started as supported taxonomy to allow theme developers to apply consistent treatment across any blog (instead of one theme using post meta, one using a category, etc.).

    Jump forward to (the in-progress) version 3.6 of WordPress and everyone has come to the same conclusion and realized there is more nuance and potential. What if this is a video post and my theme wants the video on top of the content and her theme wants it below? Standardized meta1 on that allows for more interesting things and the ability to solve more interesting problems.

    To Rob’s point, the initial implementation was confusing, but we (Crowd Favorite) created the FavePersonal theme and the Post Formats UI plugin because if we standardized on meta and fields, we could do fun stuff in the loop views, single views, and feed very easily (eg: put a full width image on the single view of “Image” posts and drop the sidebar, replace the permalink in the feed with the “Link URL” a la Daring Fireball or other linkblogs, etc.).

    Hopefully this leads to more interesting uses of WordPress in the near future…


    1. I don’t think the PressThis bookmarklet has done us a good long-term service here because now some display is coupled to the_content and for others the theme itself. 
  3. Capsule — The developer’s code journal built on WordPress →

    Capsule

    The team at Crowd Favorite has been working on a solution to a problem a lot of designers and developers (and folks that work with designers and developers) didn’t quite realize they had: when working on a project you typically take notes on the side… but you usually throw that away and lose the snippets of code, outlines of todos, open questions and decisions, etc.

    Capsule replaces that scratch document you have open when you’re coding. It creates an archive of your development artifacts.

    Instead of keeping a text file open when working on a project, using Capsule means you can have a simple archive of all those notes and easily reference them in the future.

    Initial reactions and reception have been very positive from the development and WordPress community so we’re all very pleased.

    Be sure to check out Alex’s post on Capsule to read more about the thinking and decisions behind this (free) product.

  4. Simperium joins Automattic →

    I’m quite happy to hear that the folks behind Simplenote will be joining the team at Automattic as I know it means the native iOS mobile blogging experience for WordPress users will improve1.

    I’ve found the official WordPress iOS app to be unusable or very buggy for most of its lifetime (posts appear ‘drafted’ when published and can be accidentally published multiple times, integrations with WP.com Stats not working with multiple JetPack sites on one account, push notifications not ‘clearing’ correctly).

    Back to my thoughts on WordPress as a “product or platform”: it seems that the folks at Automattic are de-facto maintainers and sole contributors to the iOS app. Perhaps maintaining Open Source iOS app projects is less attainable since its (currently) less accessible for folks to contribute to?


    1. Side note: I stop using SimpleNote long ago after a mis-sync on a new device (with no “notes”) unintentionally deleted all of my existing notes on the server. 

  5. Is WordPress a development platform or a product?

    I’m not sure if I’m thinking about the WordPress Open Source project and its “competition” the right way… Two years ago, Alex wrote some thoughts about how we discuss WordPress as both a product and a platform with potential clients: Some people view WordPress as a CMS platform to build on. They want us to…

  6. What competition is WordPress up against?

    From Steven Sinofsky, regarding his recent use of an iPhone1: Obviously you should use a competitive product. You should know what you’re up against when a consumer (or business) ultimately faces a buying decision. They will weigh a wide array of factors and you should be aware of those not only for the purposes of…