Where I live, the winter season means the days get shorter and night comes sooner. Interestingly, though, the shorter days have somehow coincided with more linkable WordPress content coming your way. Don’t try to understand it: just embrace it.
We have a slew of tutorials and resources this week, plus a number of fun blog posts and interviews. Links are just after the jump.
First of all, we have a number of interesting blog posts this week:
- Boone B Gorges shared his vision for the future of BuddyPress at WPMU.org. They also interviewed the founder of WP Questions this week, and Ozh walked through how a page request becomes a MySQL query within WordPress.
- Themes by Bavotasan was redesigned recently.
- It might not be WordPress-specific entirely, but Ben Gillbanks shared how he increased pageviews recently just by speeding up his site. It’s a good read.
- Matt Mullenweg snuck in and posted on the Polldaddy blog.
- Oli Dale posted a roundup of high profile sites running on WordPress.
- ThemeWarrior has a new site mascot (that’s him up in the post image). They’re also looking for a name for him, so chime in on their post if you have something.
- Sven Lehnert was interviewed at WP Plugins about his work developing WordPress plugins.
- Adii Pienaar posted about WooThemes’ progress in providing a Tumblr-like experience for WordPress users.
- Jon Hicks posted about the design and creation process behind the Shelf Theme from The Theme Foundry. See our review of it as well.
Next, we have a number of WordPress-specfiic tutorials:
- Bill Erickson wrote up a tutorial showing how to make breadcrumbs on custom taxonomy pages.
- Jeff Starr put up a tutorial showing how to make a custom login/register/password box.
- Michael Eisenwasser wrote up tutorials explaining how to edit the PO/MO language files in BuddyPress plugins, as well as how to combat spam signups in BuddyPress.
- Michael Martin walked through the process of creating image galleries within a WordPress theme.
- Paul Gibbs posted a guide to extending BuddyPress, for existing WordPress developers.
- Dougal Campbell wrote up a method for managing post formats within a theme. Then, Will Anderson added a few thoughts to the idea.
- Jared Williams posted about how to make a sidebar widget display recent custom posts.
- Oli Dale put together a list of ways to make your WordPress blog mobile-ready. I would also humbly recommend our collection of mobile themes and plugins.
- C. Bavota put together a quick guide to WordPress meta descriptions.
Finally, we have a few resources and collections that are worth holding on to:
- Sarah Gooding created a list of 10 plugins to improve the BuddyPress user experience.
- David Smith put together a list of 11 plugins for multi-author blogs.
- Siobhan Ambrose put together a collection of 12 amazing plugins that take WordPress beyond a website. They also gave us a hat tip for Theme Finder this week, which was cool.
- The WordCamp Austin blog has their presenter’s slides and notes up from the event.
- Themes Kingdom released a PSD file for a sidebar contact form.
That’s it for 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.