WordCamp Portsmouth UK early bird tickets available through this week

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WordCamp Portsmouth UK is coming up in mid-July, and at the end of this week the early bird price ends (£35, £10 cheaper than the regular price). Portsmouth is a two day conference with three tracks, which follow the typical WordCamp form: a general/intermediate track, a beginner’s track, and an advanced/developer track. You can find the whole track listing on the WordCamp Portsmouth UK wiki.

According to one of the organizers Jonny Allbut, ticket sales so far have been great:

Ticket sales have been going well – with just over half the tickets now sold or allocated to sponsors in just over a week of them going on-sale. Don’t miss out on your early-bird ticket – buy early and get your place secured for just £35 for the entire weekend. Early bird ticket sales close midday Friday 3rd of June. With attendances steadily rising each year, we would not be surprised if we sold out, so don’t forget!

This will be the fourth year that a WordCamp has taken place at Portsmouth UK, this year at the University of Portsmouth on the southern coast of England. Whether you’ve been to a WordCamp before or not, you have to admit there are plenty of worse places to attend a WordCamp. Who’s planning on attending?

bbPress plugin beta 2 is in the wild

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bbPress project lead John James Jacoby announced beta 2 of the bbPress plugin this afternoon. This comes just six days after the first beta release, and shows the development has picked up speed and is moving right along.

The update brings GlotPress integration, improves breadcrumbs and template flexibility, and fixes a number of general bugs that were reported by those using bbPress beta 1.

Jacoby was excited to share the news of quick development this week, and shared the plans for future development:

The plan is to keep releasing Beta’s as changes go in, put out release candidates in the next few weeks, and release bbPress 2.0 by the end of June (in tandem with WordPress 3.2.) The more you help us polish the new paint during the beta period means a shinier and longer lasting 2.0, and the more likely we are to stay on schedule and hit our release goals.

If you haven’t already, grab the (relatively) new bbPress plugin from the WordPress directory. If you’re already running it, just hit update from your dashboard and continue testing happily.

Who’s using it already? Any sites running bbPress-plugin-driven forums to show off yet? I’d say at this point, anyone wanting a forum, using WordPress, is running out of reasons to not be running bbPress. Would you agree?

WordPress celebrates its 8th birthday today

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Eight years ago today the first release of WordPress hit the interwebs. On May 27th, 2003 Matt Mullenweg first posted to the WordPress development blog that version 0.7 was available. Just for fun, the release post included these bullet points:

  • Texturize (formats things like curly quotes),
  • WordPress Links,
  • XHTML 1.1,
  • Highly Intelligent Line Breaks,
  • New Administration Interface,
  • Manual Excerpts, and
  • New Default Templates

Since that post there have been 14 major point releases, hundreds of contributors, and millions of downloads. Including hosted WordPress installations, WordPress is running on more than 45 million websites right now. That’s a lot. It’s actually difficult to verbalize just how far WordPress has come since that day in 2003. Perhaps the best way to illustrate what has been done is to jump into the comments ourselves.

What has WordPress meant to you since you started using it? How long have you been using it? Leave a comment sharing a bit, as a way to wish WordPress a happy eighth. Here’s to the next eight!

WordCamp San Diego 2011 has sold out, sponsorships still available

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WordCamp San Diego is set for July 16th at 8:00 am at San Diego State University. The event is currently sold out of general admission tickets, but sponsorships are available if you’d really like to attend. Speakers and sponsors are not yet solidified, but they will be posted to the San Diego blog when they’re set.

The event will feature three tracks with speakers covering both how to create a successful blog and advanced web development topics. Based on the initial response to the event’s announcement—all general admission tickets were sold out in less than one week—the WordPress community in San Diego is alive and thriving.

WordCamp San Diego is being organized by a team of seven volunteers (perhaps best referred to as a squadron at that point) including Dre Armeda and Tony Perez of CubicTwo, Steve Eisenberg, Phelan Riessen, Brandon Dove, Jeffrey Zinn, and Chris Daley.

Will you be attending WordCamp San Diego? How far are you traveling from, and were you able to pick up a ticket before they sold out?

WordPress wins 2011 Open Source Web App of the Year at The Critters

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Via @JohnONolan on Twitter.

WordPress was awarded 2011 Open Source Web App of the Year this week at The Critters, a web development and design awards show that launched just this year. WordPress UI Team Contributor John O’Nolan collected the award (pictured above) in London to pass on to the core WordPress team. WordPress was up against Drupal and Diaspora in the Open Source Web App category.

This inaugural Critters event was put together by the folks behind the Ubelly blog. Ubelly is primarily maintained by members of the Developer & Platform Evangelism Team at Microsoft in the UK. The short list of nominees were chosen by a set of judges (including O’Nolan) and the final awards handed out based on (invite-only) attendee votes tallied via a mobile voting system.

Other awards were given out to Dropbox (App of the Year), Old Spice (Meme of the Year), Apple Ping (Fail of the Year) and about half a dozen other projects.

Now the real question is: who holds the trophy? Should it be passed along every few weeks to a new WordPress contributor, Stanley Cup style? Or perhaps the WordPress project needs an official trophy case at The Smithsonian.

In any case: congrats to the WordPress project, and congrats to the rest of the winners at The Critters this year. Especially Apple Ping.

Mojo Themes marketplace announce partnership with Themify, using framework

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Theme marketplace Mojo Themes has announced a partnership with Themify, specifically to recommend their framework to sellers, and to make it available to both buyers and sellers on Mojo as the official Mojo framework. Themify’s framework is currently only available via purchasing one of their themes, but will soon be available to all buyers and sellers on the Mojo Themes marketplace who would like to use the framework to develop their work.

J.R. Farr of Mojo announced the news just a few days ago, noting that this is in response to feedback from their community:

Going back to the “LISTENING” point I made above, one gap we’ve noticed in the marketplace setting is the difference between each sellers work. As we strive to keep quality to the highest with our items, we’ve taken a pro-active step to make MOJO items the best they can be.

Collaboration is a beautiful thing. With the power of the WordPress community, we have had the pleasure of teaming up with the Themify team (Darcy Clarke and Nick La) to offer a trusted, tested and one hell of a sexy theme framework to our community.

The announcement also comes with the relaunch of a theme called FolioStudio, rebuilt using the Themify framework. This theme marks the first time the Themify framework has been used on a third party (non-Themify) theme.

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WordPress 3.1.3 security update now available

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WordPress version 3.1.3 was tagged this afternoon and is now available for download. This is a security release, so it’s recommended that you update your sites right away. You can download the update from WordPress.org, or by using the automatic update within WordPress itself.

Lead developer Mark Jaquith posted the update to the official WordPress news blog, and listed the changes this time around:

  • Various security hardening by Alexander Concha.
  • Taxonomy query hardening by John Lamansky.
  • Prevent sniffing out user names of non-authors by using canonical redirects. Props Verónica Valeros.
  • Media security fixes by Richard Lundeen of Microsoft, Jesse Ou of Microsoft, and Microsoft Vulnerability Research.
  • Improves file upload security on hosts with dangerous security settings.
  • Cleans up old WordPress import files if the import does not finish.
  • Introduce “clickjacking” protection in modern browsers on admin and login pages.

You can read the full release post on WordPress.org, as well as the full changelog on Trac.

Along with this release, the second beta of 3.2 is available as well. This marks another step toward the full release of 3.2, which we’ve been closely documenting as it progresses. Most recently beta 1 was activated for WordPress.com users, essentially making beta-testers of over twenty million WordPress sites and their users. You can update your WordPress trunk to continue testing and improving for the release, or download it directly.

Have you updated your WordPress sites yet?

StudioPress launches site redesign, ditches orange for blue

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The folks at StudioPress, the theme shop responsible for the Genesis theme framework, launched a new site design this week. StudioPress lead designer Rafal Tomal was behind the new design, which Brian Gardner explained is a part of their brand’s new transition:

Every once in a while brands go through transitions which can certainly warrant a color change, and for StudioPress this was the perfect time.

It’s been nearly 9 months since StudioPress came together with a few others to form Copyblogger Media – a development company which provides a suite of tools to help publishers succeed online.

As we have slowly worked our development into the trinity of essential software products, we wanted the StudioPress brand to represent a vibrant and professional movement within WordPress – focused on design optimization alongside the Genesis Framework.

You might remember that StudioPress merged into Copyblogger Media last fall. They also launched their first theme on the WordPress.com marketplace as well, joining the initial launch group.

As we try to do, just after the jump you’ll see a comparison image, with their old site on the right and their new design on the left.

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Microsoft thanks WordPress for dropping IE6 support in upcoming 3.2 release

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Ryan Gavin thanked WordPress.com for recently dropping IE6 support on the WordPress dashboard. Carson is the Senior Director of Internet Explorer Business and Marketing, and praised the move on the Windows Team Blog yesterday:

Last week, WordPress dropped support for IE6 and joined the hundreds of other web sites that are working to move enterprises and consumers alike to a modern browser platform. Thank you! As WordPress highlighted in their blog, you can track IE6’s demise across the globe and join the cause on the IE6 Countdown site.

His comments were directed toward WordPress.com, which rolled out the beta 1 of WordPress 3.2 just last week, the comments extend easily to platform itself which is responsible for the switch in its upcoming release. Dropping IE6 was one of the goals for the 3.2 release, along with speed improvements across the board.

Are you as excited as Microsoft is to see the end of Internet Explorer 6?