Poll for those not attending WordCamp Miami: Which sessions should be liveblogged?

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WPCandy will be two people strong at WordCamp Miami this weekend: myself and Aaron Kugler. We will be liveblogging the whole weekend, of course. But there are only two of us, and three tracks full of worthwhile sessions. We can only liveblog a handful of them, and while there are a few that have caught our eye, we thought we would ask those who won’t be able to make it what they would like to see.

Sound off in the poll below. Review the schedule for WordCamp Miami tomorrow, and then vote for the three sessions that you would like to see WPCandy liveblog tomorrow afternoon, and we’ll make sure the most popular ones are in there. Then, be sure to watch the liveblog to follow the events of the sessions, in real time.

The full poll is after the jump.

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Poll: What are your favorite new features in WordPress 3.1?

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It’s always quite an event when a new version of WordPress comes out. Fresh features, UI enhancements, and that always-welcome new Dashboard smell. At least, I hope that’s the new Dashboard I smell.

It’s a good day: How much more can we really ask for?

But what’s the best part about it? We want to know what you think are the best new features in WordPress 3.1 “Reinhardt”. Have your voice heard by voting in the poll below. You can choose up to three features below as your favorite (or enter your own). We’re going to give the winning feature something very special! 1

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Collection of only the best “retro” and “vintage” WordPress themes

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It’s hard to go wrong with a theme that harkens back to some bygone era. Retro- and vintage-themed designs have a way of tapping into the collective unconscious, building on the cultural archetypes that we’ve all inherited. They harness power and meaning from outside themselves, relying not on color and composition, but nostalgia and story. It’s from this inbuilt and very personal significance that viewers can look upon a design and call it “Classic.”

In my pursuit of retro and vintage themes, I’ve found that the WordPress community has produced far too few. Some are extremely high quality, others are bland. Some are free and some are paid. The purpose of this post is to act as an ever-growing collection of all Retro and Vintage themes available for WordPress. So without further ado…

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The Sweet Seven: Top WPCandy posts this week

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A lot happens in the WordPress community each week, and in turn we end up posting on a lot of WordPress news. But it’s not always the case that everyone is able to keep up with all that WPCandy churns out, so we put together The Sweet Seven, a roundup of the seven most popular posts this week. If you read anything this week, read these posts. This week, the Sweet Seven posts were:

  1. News: PHPurchase relaunches as Cart66, talks about new features and plans for the future
  2. Giveaway: Jump in the WPCandy pool to guess the release date for WordPress 3.1
  3. News: Obox sold only ten themes in their first month of operation
  4. News: WordPress.com introduces paid themes to their community
  5. Interview: Interview with Brad Williams of WebDevStudios at WordCamp Phoenix
  6. Interview: Q & A with Orman Clark, creator of Premium Pixels and WordPress awesomeness
  7. News: MassivePress is a coalition of sorts, future plans include WordCon

Be sure to jump into these post’s discussions, since they all have interesting comment threads running. Personally, I found the PHPurchase/Cart66 discussion the most interesting, particularly because of the discussion around commercial plugins and pricing models.

Among these, which is your favorite posts of the week?

The Sweet Seven: Top WPCandy posts this week

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A lot happens in the WordPress community each week, and in turn we end up posting on a lot of WordPress news. But it’s not always the case that everyone is able to keep up with all that WPCandy churns out. To combat the fire hose of news, we put together The Sweet Seven, a roundup of the seven most popular posts this week. If you read anything this week, read these posts. This week, the Sweet Seven posts were:

  1. Feature: The Future of WordPress Themes in 2011
  2. Feature: WordPress theme mascot throw-down: Who would win?
  3. News: Max Foundry tries demos to promote plugins, plan backfires
  4. News: Phoenix 2011 will be first swag-less, zero waste WordCamp
  5. News: Bones starter theme hopes to replace common plugins, speed up development
  6. News: New pricing model at Press75 brings all themes for as low as $50
  7. News: Future versions of WordPress will be specifically GPL version 2 or later

Be sure to jump into these post’s discussions, since they all have interesting comment threads running. Among these, which was your favorite post of the week?

Personally, I enjoyed the Max Foundry story and the insight into the new pricing model at Press75.

The world’s best (and only) WordPress podcasts

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Blogs about WordPress are awesome. That’s just a fact1. The wisest among WordPress bloggers, though, have realized that the path into the brain of the WordPress user is quicker if taken via the ears, rather than the eyeballs. It’s science, folks2.

WordPress blogs are all over the place, but WordPress-focused podcasts aren’t nearly as common. There are a few, though, and those that are out there are by and large well produced, entertaining shows. We’ve gathered a list, which will continue to be updated, with all of the WordPress podcasts you (probably) should be listening to. Each show is detailed, with a few reasons why each is worth your time, just after the jump.

1 For the sake of argument.
2 Not really.

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The Sweet Seven: Top WPCandy posts this week

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A lot happens in the WordPress community each week, and in turn we end up posting on a lot of WordPress news. But it’s not always the case that everyone is able to keep up with all that WPCandy churns out, so we put together The Sweet Seven, a roundup of the seven most popular posts this week. If you read anything this week, read these posts. This week, the Sweet Seven posts were:

  1. Giveaway: Win some WordPress swag for guessing what “JP” could be
  2. Announcement: You can power WPCandy for a post, for a day, or forever
  3. Opinion: Let’s stop calling WordPress themes “premium”, whether they are or not
  4. Announcement: Meet the slightly tightened up WPCandy design
  5. News: Mullenweg calls social toolbars “the mullet of websites”, plus other gems on social web
  6. Announcement: How the WPCandy iPhone app sold in its first month
  7. News: Giant Themes closed its doors after one year and three themes

Be sure to jump into these post’s discussions, since they all have interesting comment threads running. Personally, I found the Giant Themes story the most interesting this week, with Mike Smith’s openness regarding the closing of his theme shop being pretty admirable. Among these, which is your favorite posts of the week?

Roundup of thoughts on what 2011 should hold for WordPress

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Jane Wells started a thread on the WordPress.org forum called “What should 2011 hold for WordPress?“. The purpose of the thread is to collect ideas for the upcoming core leadership meetup this month. The thread is being closed on January 4th (that’s today) so you should head over to that thread if you have your own thoughts to share.

Below we’ve collected a few of the more intriguing thoughts. Do you agree with their thoughts? And don’t be shy to share your thoughts with us too: What do you want to see for WordPress in 2011?

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Poll: Vote for the best new themes released this week

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Theme of the Week poll

It’s time to decide which new theme (free and paid) is better than the rest this week.

This week’s new themes (or the new themes that we’re aware of) are in the polls below. If we’ve missed your favorite, please enter it in the “other” box and let us know about it.

If your theme was released this week and we missed it, shoot us a note using this form. We’ll be sure to add it.

6 must-have iPhone and iPad apps for WordPress users

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Whether you’re a WordPress blogger, developer, or designer, odds are you are interested in carrying your profession/hobby with you on the road. Are your mobile devices set up with the best apps they could be?

My favorite way to discover new iPhone and iPad apps is to ask other people what they use. In this post, we’ve distilled our list to only the most important, most noteworthy apps for those who love WordPress.

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