The WPCandy WordCamp Grand Rapids Liveblog

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Welcome to another fun-filled WPCandy WordCamp Liveblog. This weekend the main event is WordCamp Grand Rapids, specifically because I’m here and speaking. (There are also two other WordCamps going on this weekend — information about which can be found here.)

Throughout the two day event I’ll be shooting out my thoughts and capturing things like tweets, links, and presentations in the notes here. If you’re at the event and would like to take part in the liveblogging fun just let me know. Either way: the fun starts just after the jump!

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Discussions around dot org plugin reviews pick up speed

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Spurned on by a few tweets earlier this week, discussions around a review process and volunteer team for the WordPress.org plugin directory is picking up momentum. Following responses to Jake Goldman’s tweet:

The following evening (and nearly running right up and against our WP Late Night podcast recording) Otto hosted a Google Hangout where those involved in that initial discussion could air their thoughts. The Hangout included more than a dozen folks like Shane Pearlman, Jake Goldman, John Hawkins, and WPCandy alum Brian Krogsgard.

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Automattic Theme Team launches Underscores.me site to promote their framework

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You might remember when the Automattic Theme Team announced their _s theme on ThemeShaper back in February. This week the team announced Underscores.me, a new home for the framework theme and those who build websites with it.

The personified theme (which is always fun, of course) says this on the home page (emphasis mine):

Hi, I’m a starter theme called _s, or underscores, if you like. I’m a theme meant for hacking so don’t use me as a Parent Theme. Instead try turning me into the next, most awesome, WordPress theme out there. That’s what I’m here for.

I find this interesting in a theme climate where everyone is promoting the use of theme frameworks – almost exclusively – as parent themes. Automattic’s team here, though, sees the theme’s goal differently. Ian Stewart, Michael Fields, and Lance Willett were the primary authors of _s, though twelve other folks receive credit for tweaks to the theme via Github on their site.

Have you used _s for a project? Do you think it stands up against other theme frameworks – particularly any of the paid ones?

WP Late Night #21: Twenty Twelvish with Drew Strojny

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Episode 21 (we’re legal!) of WP Late Night saw an awesome guest: Drew Strojny of The Theme Foundry and, of course, lead designer for the new Twenty Twelve default theme. We discussed themes (duh), plugin reviews, and of course I asked for Drew’s opinion of Retina/HiDPI displays — much to the dismay of Brad and Dre. Fun ensued.

This episode is brought to you by Event Espresso, the event registration plugin for WordPress. You can use the discount code “wpcandy” during checkout to save $25 on your purchase.

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Listen (or watch) the show however you prefer, and then of course check out the show notes right after the jump.

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WP Late Night #20: “Speaking in cursive”

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With this episode of WP Late Night we crossed twenty episode threshold. Wait, does that mean we have to keep doing these now? In this episode we discussed WordCamp San Francisco a good deal, updates to BuddyPress, and the announcements regarding the WordPress Community Summit.

This episode is brought to you by Event Espresso, the event registration plugin for WordPress. Listen to the episode for a discount code you can use during checkout to save a few dollars on your purchase.

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Listen (or watch) the show however you prefer, and then of course check out the show notes right after the jump.

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WP Late Night #19: “Just a wheel on this Mac Truck baby”

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It’s time for another exciting episode of WP Late Night. This episode we discussed the new media wireframes on the table for 3.5, how to end-of-life a WordPress plugin, and of course Brad and Dre became grumpy old men when the topic of retina HiDPI displays came up.

This episode is brought to you by Event Espresso, the event registration plugin for WordPress. Listen to the episode for a discount code you can use during checkout to save a few dollars on your purchase.

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Listen (or watch) the show however you prefer, and then of course check out the show notes right after the jump.

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Recap: Matt Mullenweg’s 2012 State of the Word

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Matt Mullenweg gave his ninth State of the Word presentation at WordCamp San Francisco this weekend to a standing room only crowd at the Mission Bay Conference Center. He recapped the year’s highlights, reflected on projections from last year, and named a few challenges that WordPress faces at the moment.

A number of the things he covered won’t be news to many of you who read WPCandy often, but some of it well. Check out the full recap below (or the blow-by-blow from the weekend’s liveblog) for all the details.

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WP Late Night #18: My name’s Shelby and it hurts so good

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Episode number eighteen of WP Late Night brought together the three main hosts once again for a discussion about upcoming WordCamps, bbPress.org, and of course a topic or two we talked about a few episodes ago.

You can listen to the episode below, or of course subscribe to the show on iTunes to get every episode delivered right to you.

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Aftertaste #27: After WP Late Night 17

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Helen Hou-Sandí stuck around an extra few minutes after WP Late Night and recorded a few  off-the-cuff discussions with Brad and I. I introduced my new (and still in development) drinking game, we discussed the pros and cons of a periscope in a two story home — and I couldn’t possibly think of anything else that would entice you to listen to this episode of Aftertaste more than those two things.

We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it.

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WP Late Night #17 “Huge brain bank”

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What’s that on the horizon? It’s another episode of WP Late Night, “Huge brain bank” with special guest co-host Helen Hou-Sandí filling in for Dre Armeda. In this episode we discussed WordPress 3.5, Jetpack, and of course Brian Richard’s magically curly hair. Show notes are included just after the jump.

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