It’s that time again! Every week we roll up all of the link-worthy WordPress posts (those not happening here, of course) and lay them out for you in the weekly community links post. We have almost thirty awesome links this way, so find an excuse to step away from your duties this weekend and spend a few minutes catching up on what’s new within the WordPress community.
All those links you love so much are just after the jump.
In interesting blog posts this week:
- Seth Shoultes, a WordPress plugin developer who recently moved to full time WordPress work, was interviewed.
- Jeff Chandler’s WordPress Weekly podcast last week was interesting, as he gave some insight into his recent decisions regarding his site. He also mentioned our iPhone app—thanks Jeff!
- Alex King posted a followup to his blog post last week on open source motivations, responding to a number of other’s thoughts. See our links roundup last week for the chatter around his previous post. Eric Mann also posted his thoughts on the discussion this week.
- WPMU.org will be running a 12 days of Christmas series. Keep an eye out for that.
- A new interview with WordPress developer Joost de Valk was posted this week. Speaking of Joost, he posted a guide to duplicate content this week. He also started an interesting discussion about the place of SEO in WordPress themes.
- James Huff posted about how you can support WordPress this week at WBTC.
- Robin Wauters at TechCrunch posted a quick interview done with Matt Mullenweg and Toni Schneider of Automattic at Le Web 10.
- Otto posted about his findings when tearing apart a set of themes ridden with malware. Jeff Chandler followed up with a few thoughts on theme malware too. Chip Bennett then posted his findings regarding Google searches he did looking for free WordPress themes, called Only Download WordPress Themes from Trusted Sources.
- The WPBeginner blog was raving about a new WordPress Status Dashboard they’ve started using.
- We reported the launch of WordPreh this week. Ozh also told the story behind the site’s beginning.
- Darnell Clayton started a discussion on paid plugins at BloggingPro this week. He frustrated a number of people, evoking some responses. Lorelle VanFossen blogged about her thoughts.
- Edward Caissie shared why he chooses to release free WordPress plugins.
- Brian Richards defended his chosen pricing model for the Startbox theme framework.
- Len Kutchma at WPCanada thought the WPCandy Dashboard Feed plugin we released this week was pretty cool. Thanks Len! Matt at Webmaster Source also posted about our iPhone app, which was cool.
In WordPress tutorials this week:
- Paul Maloney put together a short and simple guide to WordPress excerpts.
- Paul de Wouters posted a nice series of tips for improving your WordPress site’s security.
- Chris Coyier showed how to add a custom message after comments.
- Frank over at WP Engineer posted a tutorial showing how to add custom fields to WordPress attachments.
- Edward Caissie posted a quick walkthrough, showing up to upgrade to the WordPress beta using the WordPress Updater.
- Oli Dale put together a solid tutorial showing how to design a simple WordPress theme design in Photoshop. Further tutorials, he says, will show how to turn the design into a WordPress theme.
Finally, in WordPress resources this week:
- Jeff Chandler linked up a pretty cool WordPress statistic graphic over at WBTC this week.
- Andrew Nacin posted his presentation from WordCamp Netherlands.
It doesn’t really fit into one of our typical lists, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this very funny trac ticket/discussion. Go read it and have a good chuckle. Then pity those who have to deal with that everyday. Then go on with your day, a bit happier that you aren’t them.
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.