Ideas for small improvements to the new Distraction-Free Writing
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Ideas for small improvements to the new Distraction-Free Writing

Distraction-Free Writing in WordPress changed in 4.1. It’s now an extension of the regular post editor, and it’s had some critics and resistance (like all new WordPress features). I took some of the complaints to see if they could be integrated into the DFW editor to make the feature better.

WordPress 4.1, “Dinah”
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WordPress 4.1, “Dinah”

WordPress 4.1, “Dinah”, has just been released. WordPress 4.1 is the result of months of work and includes a number of excellent new features. WordPress 4.1 was led by JohnΒ Blackbourn, who did an outstanding job. Two hundred and eighty three contributors were part of WordPress 4.1, which Matt Mullenweg states is a new high. Here…

Post formats are slowly dying, and that’s okay
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Post formats are slowly dying, and that’s okay

Post formats were introduced in WordPress 3.1. They were, and still are, little more than an organizational feature that allows themes to support ten custom content formats such as asides, links, quotes, video, and audio. They are just a taxonomy β€” similar to categories and tags β€” and are restricted to whatever the active theme…

WordPress and Drupal teams collaborate for simultaneous security releases
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WordPress and Drupal teams collaborate for simultaneous security releases

WordPress and Drupal are both releasing security updates today that affect all supported versions of the two popular CMS platforms. Nir Goldshlager, a security researcher and part of the Salesforce.com Product Security Team, discovered a PHP-level vulnerability that could result in denial of service (DoS) attacks. Goldshlager notified the PHP, WordPress, and Drupal security teams…

The state of handling custom metadata in WordPress
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The state of handling custom metadata in WordPress

WordPress has a table for handling metadata of posts. Quite simply, it’s a good place to store “stuff” that relates to a post, but doesn’t belong in one of the standard parts of the posts table. Metadata can be nearly anything. And it can be displayed however a theme wants to display it. You can…

WordPress 3.9, “Smith”
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WordPress 3.9, “Smith”

WordPress 3.9, “Smith”, has just been released. It is named after James Oscar “Jimmy” Smith. WordPress 3.9 is the hard result of hard work from 267 contributors. The WordPress 3.9 release was led by Andrew Nacin and Co-led by Mike Schroder. I will have Andrew and Mike, plus three additional contributors on a live hangout…

Recommendations for improving WordPress comments
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Recommendations for improving WordPress comments

There are a number of things that concern me in regard to WordPress comments. They are one of those features that I have a love hate relationship with. Comments are great for active, well moderated communities. I genuinely enjoy receiving comments from Post Status readers, where people often add value to the conversation. For many…

Meet WordPress 3.8, Parker
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Meet WordPress 3.8, Parker

WordPress 3.8, “Parker”, has just been released. WordPress 3.8 is the result of four months of hard work by 188 core contributors. Named after Charlie Parker, jazz saxophonist and bepob innovator. WordPress 3.8’s development was led by WordPress co-founder, Matt Mullenweg. WordPress 3.8 is the first release cycle ever where all major feature development began…

What’s new in WordPress 3.7, “Basie”
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What’s new in WordPress 3.7, “Basie”

WordPress 3.7, “Basie”, has just been released. It’s been named in honor of Count Basie. The WordPress 3.7 development cycle is the quickest turnaround between major versions of WordPress ever. You may not notice a whole lot of sexy new (visible) features in this version, but the release is a huge win for the platform….

Understand WordPress internationalization and translation
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Understand WordPress internationalization and translation

Internationalization (i18n)Β and translation is one of those fuzzy gray areas for many of us in the WordPress community, especially amongst Americans. We’re simply not very accustomed to a multilingualΒ society, therefore we sometimes erroneously don’t think about internationalization of our code and translating our projects to other languages. But WordPress is 20% of all the web,…

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