Automattic launches Enterprise: $500/month for unlimited bandwidth

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WordPress.com VIP screenshot

WordPress.com Enterprise, announced on the WordPress.com VIP blog, combines the two aspects of WordPress.com hosting that we’re familiar with: the paid upgrades of WordPress.com with the vetted plugin selection (70 count) and support of WordPress.com VIP. Enterprise is now available for $500 per site per month.

To put that $500 per month in perspective, WordPress.com upgrades (domain name, space upgrade, custom design, etc.) comes it at $99/year and WordPress.com VIP starts at $3,750/month. Enterprise, like WordPress.com upgrades, will cover just one site at a time, while VIP will cover up to five websites.

The Enterprise option does limit users to 70 approved plugins, so full control of sites shouldn’t be expected.

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Miss links already? Add them back with the Link Manager plugin

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The recently released WordPress 3.5 dropped the Link Manager from core — unless you were already using the feature, of course. For many this was met with cheers of “good riddance”, but that might not be you. The Link Manager was there for a reason, of course, and folks still used it.

If you find yourself wanting to use the link system in a new install of WordPress, or would like to bring it back on an upgraded install where it went away, try out WordPress Lead Developer Andrew Nacin’s Link Manager plugin. It’s available on WordPress.org and will add back the classic featured back to your install.

If you’re using the Link Manager and reading a WordPress blog like this one, I’d be curious to hear what you’re using it for exactly. Drop by in the comments below and let me know.

Fun times today: watch the WordPress download counter rocket up

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With WordPress 3.5 out of the gate just moments ago, you’re no doubt firing up your dashboards to run the upgrades for yourselves. Definitely do that, but for fun today I would also recommend pulling up the WordPress download counter and watching that number shoot  up fast.

3.4 saw well over 28 million downloads during its cycle (almost 29 million, really) and it’s not that often you can see this download counter as low as it will be today. Turn up some Elvin Jones and keep this one open in one of your browser tabs.

Happy upgrade day!

WordPress 3.5 “Elvin” is released and ready for you

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The next official release of WordPress, version 3.5, is now available and ready for your upgrading. This release comes after months of work, and six total release candidates. Be sure to check out our rundown of the new 3.5 features you should know about.

Worth noting: this release also killed off 945 trac tickets, which is a pretty staggering number really. By comparison, 3.4 cleared out 601 tickets and 3.3 did 596 tickets. Granted, ticket count isn’t the best way to determine the difficulty of a release, but those additional 300 tickets couldn’t have all been simple.

We’ll be tracking WordPress 3.5 updates and any potential issues that might come up, so keep an eye out for more. In the meantime, update — and let us know what you think below in the comments!

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BuddyPress 1.6.2 released, brings compatibility for WordPress 3.5

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Version 1.6.2 of BuddyPress is now available, and fixes a couple of compatibility issues with WordPress 3.5. John James Jacoby says that if you are running BuddyPress 1.5 or 1.6 and also upgrading to WordPress 3.5 (who isn’t?) this one should be a safe and painless upgrade.

11 tickets were closed for this release, which you can read through on the BuddyPress Trac.

Speaking of WordPress 3.5, we should be seeing that release in the next hour or two. Who’s excited?

WordPress 3.4 sees over 28 million downloads in its life cycle

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WordPress 3.5 should be dropping any time now, with RC3 and RC4 both released in the last couple of days. It’s only fitting to take a look at the WordPress.org download counter to see just how many times 3.4 has been released before it gets replaced by its successor. That number is 28 million. WordPress 3.4 has been downloaded over 28 million times since its release back in June.

For the math junkies out there, that’s approximately 160,000 downloads every day of its availability. Or nearly two downloads per second. By comparison, WordPress 3.3 saw just over 21 million downloads in about the same amount of time.

We should be able to start counting up WordPress 3.5 downloads real, real soon. Everyone ready for the big update?

WordPress Theme Review Guidelines are being, well, reviewed

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The WordPress Theme Review Guidelines, in line with the upcoming release of WordPress 3.5, are under review and discussion by the Theme Review Team. Chip Bennett began the discussion on the Make WordPress Themes blog, where he explained the new version of WordPress will have little effect on themes aside from support for HiDPI screenshots.

Also up for discussion are new guidelines prohibiting themes from bundling custom content shortcodes, reduced criticality for content sidebar implementation in themes, and the importance of automatic feed links support in dot org themes.

A number of other items are brought up in the comments following Bennett’s post, and should be an interesting read for anyone who tries to stay on top of WordPress theme standards.

At the very least, the talk about prohibiting themes from bundling custom shortcodes sounds like a big step in the right direction — at least, I think I know of a few people who think so.

Now’s your chance for input: what would you like to see tweaked about the dot org theme review guidelines?

WordPress blog WP Mayor turns two years old

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WP Mayor, a blog about WordPress and friend of the site, has turned two years old this week. The announcement also brought a new logo (shown above) designed by Kenneth Cachia. In its second year WP Mayor has grown quite a bit, Jean Galea said, with now more than 40,000 unique visitors per month, up from 25,000 per month the previous year. Galea also doubled the number of posts published in the second year.

Birthdays are fun times for reflection and congratulations. If you get a chance, swing by WP Mayor and wish them another positive year!

bbPress version 2.2 now available for download

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If you’ve visited your WordPress update screen recently you’ve likely noticed that the latest point release of the bbPress plugin has been released. The fresh release brings “What’s New” and “Credits” pages, compatibility with the yet-in-beta WordPress 3.5 and BuddyPress 1.7, and improvements to theme compatibility and user roles and capabilities. 69 features and bug fixes in total made it into this release.

The bbPress Trac is the place to go if you’d like to dig into any of the specific tickets tied to this version.

As project lead JJJ points out in the release post, this marks the third major release for bbPress since it became a plugin. Speaking of which, how many forums have you established using bbPress as a plugin? Does anyone still use the old standalone version of bbPress anywhere?

Photos taken at the 2012 WordPress Community Summit

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Last weekend was the WordPress Community Summit in Tybee Island, Georgia. I stayed in a house with some of the coolest folks I know — WordPress or otherwise — and we all took a bunch of photos during the trip. I’ve included a few of them below.

I’ll be publishing further thoughts on the WordPress Community Summit, as well as a special recording we did during the event, real soon.

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