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…

WordPress + Vagrant + Chef = Magic

My name is Michael Bastos and I’m a Polyglot Software Engineer out of San Diego and I help run the Advanced WordPress Group (AWP) on Facebook at over 1300+ members, a Google Plus at over 70+ members and Meetup.com at over 120+ members. My day job is writing software for the military while I work on my own…

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…

WP Engine Coupons Now on SEO Lockdown

In a recent email out to its affiliates, WP Engine is looking at locking down the “WP Engine coupon” SEO space, “[In] an effort to further improve the WP Engine Affiliate Program and promotions of our services”, according to an email sent out to their affiliates. (WP Force is an affiliate of WP Engine) Looking…

WordPress 3.6 RC 2 Now Available

WordPress 3.6 is almost here. We saw WordPress 3.6 RC 1 announced just 12 days ago, which means we’re getting really close to a stable release of WordPress 3.6. Mark Jaquith announced on the official WordPress blog, RC 2 is now available, with just a “…few remaining issues…” which is great news. To feature recap…

WordPress 3.6 RC 1 Now Available

Just minutes ago, Mark Jaquith posted on the main WordPress news blog with the announcement that WordPress 3.6 RC1 is now available. The hope is to get WordPress 3.6 shipped in just a couple of weeks from now. This particular release has had a bit of a rough patch, and a bit of a delay,…

The Mystery and Community at ManageWP.org

You may have heard of ManageWP, a site focused around helping website owners manage their installation(s) of self-hosted WordPress. Site owners running on WP Engine or WordPress.com need not this service as they are already managed, but for the rest of us millions of site owners out there, it’s a great service. In a blog…

Network Status Updates for WordPress.org

Andrew Nacin reported that this morning, WordPress.org and some of its database clusters, had some data corruption issues and the WordPress.org support forums were taken offline. In an effort to keep the community up to date and be transparent, Andrew and the team have setup http://status.wordpress.org which is just a blog on WordPress.com to help…

WP Daily Shuts Down

In what was an abrupt and shocking blog post yesterday, John Saddington announced that WP Daily is closing its doors. WP Daily was a project for the company 8BIT, which John leads. 8BIT offers both software and physical goods, but they are best known for their Standard Theme. As a side project, John Saddington is…

WordPress Security Threats – Jun/2013

June 2013 was a quiet month for WordPress security, as Sucuri Security reported near nothing related to WordPress, except for the security release of WordPress 3.5.2. Packetstorm Security also had a fairly quiet month, but there was one major threat: WordPress 3.5.1 had a security issue where it was vulnerable to a DoS attack. If…

Poster Acquired by Automattic

The Poster iOS app by Tom Witkin, was recently acquired by WordPress.com operator Automattic. But really it was more of an acui-hire, as Witkin will be joining the Automattic team, and no doubt, will be on the mobile team. The uber-clean Poster was a one-of-a-kind app, as it boasted to be the only iOS app…

Blogdroid to be Acquired by Page.ly

In today’s big announcement, Blogdroid is set to be acquired by Page.ly, a competing managed WordPress hosting provider. “BlogDroid is a great acquisition to swell our ranks of happy customers. They will find a good home on our expanding service,” said Joshua Strebel, co-founder and CEO of Page.ly while remarking on the deal. “Managed WordPress…