Fun times today: watch the WordPress download counter rocket up

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With WordPress 3.5 out of the gate just moments ago, you’re no doubt firing up your dashboards to run the upgrades for yourselves. Definitely do that, but for fun today I would also recommend pulling up the WordPress download counter and watching that number shoot  up fast.

3.4 saw well over 28 million downloads during its cycle (almost 29 million, really) and it’s not that often you can see this download counter as low as it will be today. Turn up some Elvin Jones and keep this one open in one of your browser tabs.

Happy upgrade day!

WordPress 3.5 “Elvin” is released and ready for you

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The next official release of WordPress, version 3.5, is now available and ready for your upgrading. This release comes after months of work, and six total release candidates. Be sure to check out our rundown of the new 3.5 features you should know about.

Worth noting: this release also killed off 945 trac tickets, which is a pretty staggering number really. By comparison, 3.4 cleared out 601 tickets and 3.3 did 596 tickets. Granted, ticket count isn’t the best way to determine the difficulty of a release, but those additional 300 tickets couldn’t have all been simple.

We’ll be tracking WordPress 3.5 updates and any potential issues that might come up, so keep an eye out for more. In the meantime, update — and let us know what you think below in the comments!

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WordPress 3.4 sees over 28 million downloads in its life cycle

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WordPress 3.5 should be dropping any time now, with RC3 and RC4 both released in the last couple of days. It’s only fitting to take a look at the WordPress.org download counter to see just how many times 3.4 has been released before it gets replaced by its successor. That number is 28 million. WordPress 3.4 has been downloaded over 28 million times since its release back in June.

For the math junkies out there, that’s approximately 160,000 downloads every day of its availability. Or nearly two downloads per second. By comparison, WordPress 3.3 saw just over 21 million downloads in about the same amount of time.

We should be able to start counting up WordPress 3.5 downloads real, real soon. Everyone ready for the big update?

WP Late Night #30: “Insane in the Maintainn”

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Back from our Thanksgiving hiatus full of tryptophan and nonsense, the crew has its thirtieth episode in the can. Thirty. Episodes. Milestones are fun. So are italics.

First things first: big thanks to Robert Nienhuis, one of the organizers of WordCamp Orange County, for putting together the new, awesome WP Late Night logo. You can expect to see it showing up in a few more places real soon.

In this week’s episode we discussed the first release candidate of WordPress 3.5, WebDevStudios acquiring Startbox, WordPress maintenance services, and of course our bar tricks. Special guest Brian Richards also joined us for a few minutes to discuss Startbox and WebDevStudios.

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WordPress blog WP Mayor turns two years old

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WP Mayor, a blog about WordPress and friend of the site, has turned two years old this week. The announcement also brought a new logo (shown above) designed by Kenneth Cachia. In its second year WP Mayor has grown quite a bit, Jean Galea said, with now more than 40,000 unique visitors per month, up from 25,000 per month the previous year. Galea also doubled the number of posts published in the second year.

Birthdays are fun times for reflection and congratulations. If you get a chance, swing by WP Mayor and wish them another positive year!

WP Late Night #29: “You fork, I’ll spoon”

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WP Late Night is back in full swing tonight with Brad, Dre and Ryan discussing the news of the week and the big WordPress events of the month. If you’ve been wondering about Pressnomics, John O’Nolan’s Ghost project, or Jetpack Photon than this is the show for you.

Enjoy!

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WP Late Night Special Edition: WordPress Community Summit 2012

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Very late in the evening after the WordPress Community Summit wrapped up (technically early morning, but you know what I mean) a group of five gathered around to discuss the event and what it means for the community. Myself, Brad and Dre, Brandon Dove and John Hawkins all discussed our thoughts on the first-ever community summit.

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No show notes this time around — it was much too late to have a laptop up keeping track of everything we discussed!

Page.ly wants every theme and plugin shop to be a SaaS platform

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Pagely is announcing a number of new partnership opportunities today for their managed WordPress hosting service. They’ve spent months prepping their in-house API in order to offer a revamped reseller program, and even cooler, a partner program that allows theme and plugin shops to offer seamless hosting services to their clients.

The underlying infrastructure is the same for both the reseller and the partner API programs, but how Pagely partners with users of each program is different. The partner API program is especially exciting, and I’ll explain more about it later in this post. But Pagely is offering more today than the new API. They are also running a birthday deal.

Pagely is turning 3 years old in September, and to celebrate they are offering a really low price of $19 per month for six months of service, for any plan. That’s $30 off the basic plan and $780 off for their pro plan. If you’ve ever wanted to try Pagely, then you should do so now.

Now, let’s talk about this API

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