Cloudup acquired by Automattic

Announced this morning, Automattic is set to acquire Cloudup – a company founded to easily share videos, photos, music, links, and docs. The area of “file sharing” is somewhat untapped by Automattic, on its WordPress.com hosted platform. This acquisition should mean really simple file sharing for its users. What does it mean for WordPress.org self-hosted…

Advanced Custom Fields author considers moving away from WordPress.org

Elliot Condon, plugin author behind Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), tweets that he is considering moving the next major version of the plugin away from WordPress.org and towards a PRO single / multi licensing option. #advancedcustomfields version5 might move away from http://t.co/3a5Nc0xkBH as a PRO single / multi license plugin inc all add-ons! thoughts? — elliot…

Collaborative WordPress Editing, WP Post Forking at Indiegogo

A project was recently launched on Indiegogo named WordPress Post Forking. The project was created by Aaron Jorbin. The goal of the project is to raise $5,000 to help with the development costs of creating a plugin that will allow a github-like editorial process. The plugin would allow for an author and its collaborators to…

Jetpack 2.5: Google+ Integration and Facebook Embeds

The Automattic team announced the release of Jetpack 2.5 today, with some really cool new features. The Google integration became much tighter. As a commenter, post comments using Google+ As an Author in WordPress, connect to your Google+ profile Share on Google+ button (this is different than just a Google +1 button) Embedding Google content…

Standard Theme Lives on with WooThemes

In a recent email to its customers, 8BIT announced that its Standard Theme will live on under the control of WooThemes. Here is an email excerpt from Joel at WooThemes. Dear Standard Theme Users, Joel here from WooThemes. Like many of you, we were surprised to hear about 8BIT closing down. We have a lot…

WordPress Security Threats – Aug/2013

August was a fairly light month for WordPress security. Let’s start with what Packet Storm security reported on. WordPress Wordfence 3.8.1 Cross Site Scripting WordPress Encrypted Blog 0.0.6.2 XSS / Open Redirect WordPress silverOrchid Cross Site Scripting WordPress Simple Login Registration 1.0.1 Cross Site Scripting WordPress Post-Gallery Cross Site Scripting WordPress Video Whisper Cross Site…

Jetpack 2.4.0: Widget Visibility and WordPress.com Connect

The most recent update of Jetpack on September 4th, marks the release of Widget Visibility and WordPress.com Connect, both awesome features. Widget Visibility is the simple, yet powerful, feature that is used on WordPress.com today. There are plenty of other stand alone plugins that offer similar functionality. Widget Visibility is a feature that was originally…

SSL Everywhere – WordPress.org

Peter Westwood, better known as Westi in the WordPress community, recently announced that he has developed and implemented some new methods for wordpress.org so that interactions can now be made over SSL. Whether you’re just downloading an update of WordPress or interacting with the wordpress.org API, both calls and responses can now be made over…

Justin Tadlock Celebrates 5 Years with ThemeHybrid

Five years in the WordPress world seems like a really long time, considering that we just recently celebrated WordPress’ 10th birthday. Justin Tadlock posted yesterday about his journey of how he got this 5 year mark with ThemeHybrid. He talks about the early days, who some of his competitors were, and many other juicy details…

WordPress Security Threats – Jul/2013

July was an extremely quiet month for Sucuri’s blog of security alerts, with the only mention being Dissecting a WordPress Brute Force Attack. But as always, I appreciate all of their updates and critical alerts to help keep the community informed. Similarly, July was a quiet month for Packstorm Security as well. Here is what…

OkayThemes Heads to the WordPress.com Premium Marketplace with “Publisher”

Just recently announced, OkayThemes released its first theme on the WordPress.com premium theme marketplace. This is awesome news for the WordPress premium themes company founded by previous ThemeForest author, Mike McAlister. I covered his move from ThemeForest to going solo back in December 2011, making this recent announcement a huge milestone for Mike. One thing…

The State of the Word [2013] by Matt Mullenweg

This past weekend, Matt Mullenweg — co-founder of WordPress — presented the State of the Word at WordCamp San Francisco. He delivered a great message and some amazing numbers around WordCamps, WordPress, and how it’s being used on the web today. I recommend you make the time to sit down and watch the video, it’s…

WordPress 3.6 Released – Code Named “Oscar”

Today marked the release of WordPress 3.6, the next long-awaited major release of WordPress. WordPress 3.6 features the newly revamped default WordPress theme, Twenty Thirteen, an overhaul of the WordPress revisioning system, post locking and augmented autosave, and a built-in HTML5 audio/video player. Here is the video that the WordPress team put together introducing the…

7 Authors to Reach $1,000,000 on ThemeForest

Envato announced today (well, in the future because they’re in Australia and it’s already the 30th), that there have now been 7 authors to reach $1,000,000 in sales. There is currently only 1 author to reach $2,000,000 though. The first author reached $1,000,000 in sales back in December 2011. On July 30th — yes, weird,…

WordPress 3.7 as an Application Platform

In today’s State of the Word speech at WordCamp SF by Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress, he announced that WordPress 3.7 will be released as an application platform. This is an interesting announcement for a couple of reasons. First, WordPress was created as a blogging platform, but has clearly shifted away from that being the…

How to Install WordPress Plugins from Github

NOTICE: This plugin is still in alpha and not ready for production use. Use at your own risk. I found this plugin really useful. I downloaded the master zip file, uploaded it as a plugin, and now I can search both GitHub and the WordPress.org plugin repository, for plugins. This plugin uses the GitHub api…