Dev4Press releases FrameFX theme, built on the xScape Theme Framework

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Milan Petrovic from Dev4Press has announced the release of their latest theme FrameFX. You can demo FrameFX here. As they describe it:

Theme comes with 10 color styles. None of the styles have background images, just a solid color by default. Background image and color can be set in the theme settings, and that includes effects for background (stretched to cover the screen automatically) with additional overlay image effect. Title (if left as text, not image logo), can contain several CSS2 or CSS3 effects.

You can follow Dev4Press on Twitter or friend them on Facebook.

Jean-Baptiste Jung releases three free, up to date WordPress themes

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Jean-Baptiste Jung, web developer and the blogger behind WPRecipes, has released a few WordPress themes for free on his site: jQuery Mobile, Snippet, and OpenBook.

jQuery Mobile is a mobile WordPress theme built on top of the jQuery Mobile plugin. Snippet is a Thematic child theme, and is in use by Jung on his site PHP Snippets. OpenBook is a magazine theme that was initially released in 2008, is now listed as “100% compatible with WordPress 3.0 and higher.” Each of the themes, however, does throw an error or two (deprecated functions, mostly) using the Theme Check plugin.

All three themes are available at Jung’s site. Paid support can be requested there as well, though all three themes can be download for free.

You can follow Jean-Baptiste on Twitter

New BP Group Reviews plugin lets users rate BuddyPress groups

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The BuddyPress logo

Boone B Gorges, a WordPress plugin developer and recent addition to the BuddyPress core commit team, has announced his latest plugin endeavor: BP Group Reviews.

I’m working on a project that needs to allow users to leave reviews of groups, kinda like buddypress.org does with plugins. So, with Andy’s permission, I cleaned up, packaged, and extended his code into a new plugin, BP Group Reviews. It allows users to leave a star rating and a text review of any group on your BuddyPress installation.

He has also released many other plugins on Teleogistic.net. You can follow Boone on Twitter

Orman Clark releases new WordPress theme on ThemeForest

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Orman Clark, a UK based web designer, has created a WordPress theme called Repro. He usually makes free themes over at PremiumPixels.com, but Repro is a premium WordPress theme released over at ThemeForest. Some of Repro’s features include, but not limited to:

Repro is suitable for content producers at all levels, personal bloggers, newspapers, online magazines, community blogs… you get the idea ;)

Repro looks great out of the box but also acts as the perfect black canvas for those looking to customise and develop their own content-focused site.

  • Valid XHTML Strict 1.0 Tableless Design
  • Unlimited Colour Schemes (colour picker)
  • Full Localisation Support (contains .po/.mo files)
  • 10 Widget Areas
  • 8 Custom Widgets
  • Extensive Theme Options (unbranded!)

You can follow Orman on Twitter or be a fan of PremiumPixels.

iThemes gets patriotic with Americana blog theme

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Matt Danner from iThemes has released their newest Builder child theme, Americana. You can demo Americana here. Some websites are already using it.

Here are some of the features of this new theme:

  • Full width modules – Don’t get stuck in the box. Break out with this awesome full width style.
  • The Power of Builder with Unique Style – Our Builder theme offers you simple layout control, infinite widget areas, and more settings than you can shake a stick at (if you’re into that). With Americana, you can take advantage of all of this power, but with an awesome design that you can customize to meet your needs, or the needs of your clients.
  • Alternate Module Styles – This is our first Builder child theme to offer you Alternate Module Styles. Basically, this allows you to easily have multiple styles of the same module. Rather than me babbling on trying to explain it, check out the video below that demonstrates Alternate Module Styles in action.

Americana is available for download if you are an existing Builder or All Access Pass customer on iThemes. Buy iThemes Builder for $127.

You can follow Matt on Twitter.

Facebook for Tags plugin connects those who “like” with future related posts

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Facebook for Tags plugin connects those who “like” with future related posts. You need to run WordPress with PHP version 5 or higher. Rikard Kjellberg explains:

Write your WordPress blog posts as you normally would. Define your posting with appropriate tags or assign categories. Once posted, it will have a Facebook Like button linked to it. Any reader who clicks the Facebook Like button will share the article but also receive additional updates anytime you write a post specifying the same tags or categories.

So, any Facebook fans should give this a try so instead of a one time event, you have ongoing updates and sharing from your post tags or categories.

Available at: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/like-for-tags/

The WordPress Wiki plugin 0.9 beta is now available

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The WordPress Wiki Plugin team announces the release of the Wiki 0.9 beta. Once they work out all the bugs they will release of the full Wiki plugin version.

Here’s everything that’s new in this version:

  • Custom post types for Wiki Pages for WordPress 3.0+
  • Custom permission set for Wiki Pages in WordPress 3.0+
  • Front-end editing with Wiki syntax or XHTML formatting
  • Wikipedia-style internal and external links
  • Make any existing page into a Wiki Page (not posts yet)

Report all kinks with Wiki 0.9 beta here

Represent WordPress in the 2010 Open Source CMS Market Share Survey

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Waterandstone.com is currently running a 2010 Open Source CMS Market Share Survey. This is the third annual CMS Market Share Survey. Water&stone is a full service digital agency focused on helping clients achieve value through the use of new media and open source technologies.

The survey covers a wide variety of content management systems, such as; WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.

Ric Shreves from water&stone said this about their survey:

We ran a similar CMS user survey in 2009. That survey gathered responses from over 500 CMS users. We’re hoping to top that this year in order to gather a broader sampling of opinions in this rapidly changing and competitive market

Head over and represent WordPress to give an accurate representation of the specific systems they are evaluating! The survey only took me about ten minutes to complete.

The final results are to be posted in early December, so get your vote in soon!

WordPress is accepted into the Google Code-In 2010

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Jane Wells on the WordPress development blog announced WordPress has been accepted into the Google Code-In 2010. There were only 20 open sourced organizations accepted for the contest.

The Google Code-in is described on the WordPress Codex as follows:

Google Code-in is a Google program similar to Summer of Code, but aimed at pre-university students. The code-in is different from GSoC in that it operates as a task-based contest rather longer pre-determined mentorships, and includes more than just code projects, to help expose students to “the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible.”

Google has all the information you need to learn more about Google Code-In.

WordPress for iOS 2.6.2 available in the App Store

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Version 2.6.2 is now available. This version adds a few improvements including a new crash reporting system.

Other improvements include:

  • Fix for landscape orientation issue when editing posts.
  • Fix for incorrect date/time on publish.
  • Fix for sync issues when viewing posts.
  • Fix for problems connecting to WordPress.org blogs using HTTP Auth.
  • Fix for crash during Autosave check after publish.
  • Fix for intermittent failures when uploading media.
  • Fix for crash when editing WordPress.org blog settings.
  • Improved HTML output for media uploads.
  • Improved handling of XML-RPC endpoints for WordPress.org blogs.
  • Improved UX when adding WordPress.org blogs.
  • Added in-app crash reporting system.
  • Added option to use HTML 4 tags when embedding video in a post.

Let them know what you think, along with any comments in their forums.

You can follow WordPress iOS on Twitter