The new year is in full swing, and so is the WordPress community. They’ve brought us a good deal of worthy material this week.
We have a load of great WordPress links: tutorials, resources, guilty-pleasure lists and, of course, the crazy video that is this post’s namesake. Have a look after the jump.
First of all, in blog posts this week:
- We just missed Obox Design’s thoughts on the new year last week, so give theirs a read. While we’re at it, Peter Westwood posted about his blog’s stats in 2010 too.
- Michael Eisenwasser of BuddyBoss has an interview with Paul Gibbs, a member of the BuddyPress core commit team.
- WPCanada has launched a new design built on Genesis, and Len talks through his decision in a recent blog post.
- Devesh at WPKube has an interview with J.R. Farr, the guy behind Mojo Themes.
- The iThemes blog has a post reflecting on the last three years since the company launched.
- Michael Fields, while working on a new free WordPress theme, wants to know what people think are the biggest annoyance factors for free themes.
- Brian Wallace put together his selection of 10 greatest WordPress plugins for 2011. It’s still only January, right?
- Have a chuckle at PluginBuddy’s latest promo video for BackupBuddy. And hey: they make great plugins, who said they have to act as well?
- Dalton Rooney shared his thoughts on WordPress and attribution. He was prompted when someone used his work in another plugin without attributing where it came from.
- Oli Dale is at it again, this time with a roundup of celebrities using WordPress.
- Sarah Gooding put together a collection of high profile WordPress sites.
- The Next Web has a piece up describing the growth of WordPress.com in 2010.
- Matt Mullenweg showed up in a relatively new podcast called Steppin’ off the Edge.
- Eric Marden wrote up a nice editorial on WordPress and Drupal, and how he has used both.
- There was a very interesting discussion on the Make WordPress Themes blog about theme settings. Oh, and also one on theme menu locations.
Then, in tutorials this week:
- Joost de Valk wrote about his method for preventing anonymous comments. While you’re at it, check out his tip explaining how to remove the WordPress admin bar in 3.1. He also released a simple plugin that replaces the default WordPress shortlinks with Bit.ly links.
- This week Lorelle VanFossen wrote up a very in depth tutorial explaining how (and why) to integrate Reddit into WordPress.
- Aaron Jorbin wrote up a quick how-to and simple plugin to remove the ability for users to upload their own custom header. If you’re running certain kinds of sites, you might be interested in disabling this.
- WP Mayor has a walkthrough for backing up WordPress using BackupBuddy.
- WPLift has a nice tutorial showing how to use the JobRoller theme to create a jobs site using WordPress.
And finally, in WordPress resources this week:
- The Headway Themes blog has a new plugin that lists all of the available hooks within the theme, specifically for development.
- Oli Dale has a new collection, this time of commercial WordPress magazine themes.
- It may only be of a passing interest, but Dave Ligthart assembled a list of the top 1,000 WordPress plugin authors (according to the number of downloads).
- WP Mayor has a collection of document and file management plugins for WordPress.
- Jeff Chandler put together a basic guide to choosing a web host.
That’s it for WordPress community links this week. If you run across something link worthy, don’t hesitate to let us know about it. If it’s worth a story we’ll jump on it, and if it’s best suited for a community news post it will show up in this space next week.