Community Link Roundup: Everything’s for sale

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In an effort to keep up to date on the weekly news within the WordPress community, well known WordPress blogger Jeff Chandler has prepared a community roundup post for us. If you come across any news (or create any yourself) feel free to drop a post in the Theme Playground forum and we’ll try and include it in next week’s roundup. — Ed.

Ryan Imel Giving The Deets On CommentBits.com

Ryan Imel who we know and love through ThemePlayground.com recently did an interview with WPTavern.com where he outlined what the service is all about. I think it’s pretty cool to have a niche design service exclusively for the commenting section of WordPress sites. Make sure to check out the end of the article for an exclusive coupon code enabling you to get 50% off the price of a lifetime pass.


WPCult Up For Sale

Austin has decided that he no longer has the time to maintain the WordPress site, WPCult.com so he is putting it up for sale.


How To Filter The Read More Link

Justin Tadlock gives us a primer on how to use the filter the_content_more_link which was introduced in WordPress 2.8.


Show Your Post Word Count

WPRecipes provides a short and sweet block of code which enables you to add a function that displays the word count of a post.

Yoast To Produce Podcast

Joost de Valk looks prime to have a WordPress centric podcast of his own thanks to WebmasterRadio.FM. He’s looking for feedback regarding time slots and a name for the show.

Need More Contestants In The Plugin Competition

Ozh brings up an interesting point in that new WordPress plugins are being released everyday yet, they are not being entered into the competition. Ozh lays out a great series of points of what the competition is and is not.

Community Roundup: The Many Uses of WordPress

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In an effort to keep up to date on the weekly news within the WordPress community, well known WordPress blogger Jeff Chandler has prepared a community roundup post for us. If you come across any news (or create any yourself) feel free to drop a post in the Theme Playground forum and we’ll try and include it in next week’s roundup. — Ed.

Another Font Technique For WordPress Designers

SitePoint takes a look at a technique which uses Cufon, a method of text replacement which uses JavaScript to replace HTML text with canvas elements. Could this be the answer designers are looking for?


Popularity Contest 2.0 Beta 2 Released

Alex King has released beta 2 of his popularity contest plugin. Since beta 1, a number of things have been added or changed such as tag reports, bug fixes, etc.

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Community Roundup: The Pay-for-Plugins Edition

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In an effort to keep up to date on the weekly news within the WordPress community, well known WordPress blogger Jeff Chandler has prepared a community roundup post for us. If you come across any news (or create any yourself) feel free to drop a post in the Theme Playground forum and we’ll try and include it in next week’s roundup. — Ed.

WooThemes Goes GPL

Last week we told you that iThemes had switched their licensing to be fully supportive of the GPL. This week, it’s WooThemes making the announcement.

→ On the forum: A growing trend toward GPL support


WordPress As A Social Platform

Cozmoslabs published a great writeup earlier this week looking at how WordPress is becoming a social web platform.

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Community Roundup: GPL, new sites launched

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In an effort to keep up to date on the weekly news within the WordPress community, well known WordPress blogger Jeff Chandler has prepared a community roundup post for us. If you come across any news (or create any yourself) feel free to drop a post in the Theme Playground forum and we’ll try and include it in next week’s roundup. — Ed.

WPTopics.com Launched

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Darren Hoyt who is most well known for creating the Mimbo Pro theme for WordPress has launched a new project called WPTopics which is similar to AllTop but more focused on WordPress than other topics. Users can vote on the content they want to show up at the top.

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Someone Please Save WPDesigner

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Someone Please Save WPDesigner

When Small Potato gave up his baby (wpdesigner.com) to a man who goes by the name of Pawel Ciszewski, it was a sad day. I, like many others, decided to give Pawel some needed time to get things squared away and then, jump right in and take over where SP left off. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be happening. It’s been quite awhile now since Pawel’s introductory post with nothing new posted since then. The post has over 200 comments and some of those comments are now appearing as spam.

Near the bottom of the post, someone ended up posting a comment showcasing how one could impersonate Pawel. Since that post, there have been people making it look as though Pawel has announced the closure of the site, theme club prices rising and various other things. I realize this is a bad situation for many of you, especially those who spent $5.00 to get into the club, but from the outside looking in, some of the comments left by the imposter’s were a little humorous. Note that the following comments were made by imposters and not by Pawel himself.

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Not All Themes Are Created Equal

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The other day, I came across a post written by Patrick Algrim of HellYeahDude.com entitled, What Not To Put Into WordPress Themes. Patrick dove into some well known, freely available WordPress themes to see if he could uncover anything out of the orindary. Unfortunately, he discovered some things inside of themes that I find appalling. Things such as blog ranking code to theme author RSS feeds that when clicked on, the end user would end up subscribing to a feed other than your own.

For a few weeks now, there have been a number of people that have preached about how the safest way to download themes is directly from the author’s website. If what Patrick discovered is true, (it sure as hell looks that way) then this leaves the door wide open as to how to go about downloading and using WordPress themes that are not filled with this stuff.

The WordPress Theme respository is not off line but it does contain a number of outdated themes that most likely do not work with WordPress 2.5. So the question is, why are theme authors including this crap into their themes and secondly, do we really need to go through each and every theme and look for this stuff before sites such as WPCandy give themes any sort of press?

Lastly, how do you feel about this situation?

Personalized Widgets With AdaptiveBlue

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There are many different widgets available for you to use throughout the world of WordPress, but AdaptiveBlue makes their presence known by giving WordPress bloggers the opportunity to use a personalized widget on their blog. AdaptiveBlue is a company which is focused on helping to create the semantic web by using their own methodology:

We think that Semantic Web is really about leveraging existing information to create a better online experience for everyone today.

Out of the gate, AdaptiveBlue offers up to 50 different SmartLink Widgets for you to use. These widgets consist of displaying Amazon Best Sellers, your NetFlix Queue, the top artists on Last.fm and a host of other widgets which utilize a number of different TOP lists from various websites.

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Themelab Releases Nature Blog Theme

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This is a guest post by Jeff Chandler of Jeffro2pt0.com.

Ben Swift of Themelab.com has released a new theme called Nature Blog. The Nature Blog theme is a design that features a designated single column on the left hand side with the right column dedicated to content. The blog title is displayed at the top of the site along with the search bar. The design overall has a great color scheme and is easy on the eyes. The theme also features rounded corners which still look better than those hard edges we’re used to seeing. The bottom of the design showcases a repeating background image of a brick wall with grass growing on top which is entirely inline with the nature theme.

The theme features spots for 125X125 ads on the sidebar as well as a nicely styled calendar. The sidebar is widget compatible along with the footer where you can add three list style widgets. I don’t immediately see support for tags but thats something that wouldn’t be too hard to add. However, I think tags should be a default quality in themes these days considering that it’s as simple as adding that function into the theme.

Overall, I like the qualities that this free theme has but feel as though it could have done a few more advanced things which would of put this theme over the top.

WP 2.5 Security Bulletin Is False

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This is a guest post by Jeff Chandler of Jeffro2pt0.com.

Over the past few days, news of a possible multiple SQL injection vulnerability in WordPress 2.5 was spreading across the WordPress community like wildfire. However, Matt Mullenweg has published a post which puts our fears to rest in that the bulletin was falsified. Matt’s post also contains a wide assortment of helpful information in regards to why you should upgrade your version of WordPress to the latest stable release. One of the more interesting portions of his post discusses the most common reasons Matt finds as to why people don’t upgrade their WordPress installation.

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