With another weekend comes another fun group of community links. Each week we scour the WordPress community for the most fun, the most interesting, and (hopefully) the most beneficial links that are worth your time. Then we group them all here and present them to you for some weekend reading.
This week we have an inspirational post on how to contribute to WordPress, a number of smart editorials, and a few clever tutorials to share. Let’s get to them!
First up we have a number of interesting blog posts worth reading:
- Cory Miller shared his excitement over the release of WordPress All-in-One for Dummies, which he co-authored with a handful of other WordPress professionals.
- Sarah Gooding interviewed Matthieu Aubry, founder and lead developer of Piwik. Piwik is an open source alternative to Google Analytics, and can be integrated using a plugin.
- Brent Shepherd posted his thoughts in response to an editorial that went up on WPCandy recently, about what Tumblr brings to the content management table.
- Anthony Cole posted a handful of awesome photos from WordCamp Auckland 2010.
- Maren Kate posted an interview with Adii Pienaar about what he has built up with WooThemes.
- The Next Web has a post from Amir Helzer weighing the options between free and paid plugins.
- In another great editorial-meets-tutorial, Justin Tadlock explains why he believes shortcodes should be kept in plugins and not in themes.
- WordPress Core Contributor Aaron Jorbin shared a great list of ways that anyone can contribute to the WordPress project without writing a line of code. How many have you taken part in?
- Page.ly has continued their WordPress Heavy Hitters series, this time with WordPress UI Group Contributor Sara Cannon.
- Konstantin Kovshenin wrote about another approach to comment spam that he started trying on his blog.
Next we have tutorials to make everyone just a bit smarter:
- Benjamin Bradley of WebDesign.com has put together a list of tips for customizing the WordPress login page.
- The folks at WPMU.org have put together a solid guide showing how to make your website Facebook-friendly.
- Latz at WPEngineer posted a visualization of hooks available within the WordPress
- John Saddington posted to Tentblogger showing how to set up a CDN using MaxCDN and W3 Total Cache.
- Michael Martin posted a tutorial showing how to get Facebook, Twitter, and RSS counts in plain text.
Finally we have resources worth bookmarking and keeping around for later:
- Web Design Ledger has a list of Twitter plugins for WordPress.
- Webdesigner Depot has collected quick reviews of the various advanced commenting systems that can be used in conjunction with WordPress.
- Jeff Starr assembled a series of tips for bending the WordPress Admin Bar (added in version 3.1) to your will.
And that does it for links this week. If you’ve found others, be sure to drop them in the comments below. Or, if you have a link you think should be in next week’s roundup, feel free to contact us.