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WordPress was borne of initial idea seeding via B2 (Cafelog) in 2001, which was launched by Michael Valdrighi. In 2003, cofounders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little forked B2 and created WordPress, an Open Source blogging and now content management system estimated to power the largest number of websites of any individual product (20%). Through the largest thriving community of any website management system, WordPress has grown to include theme designers, plugin developers, webmasters and site developers. With the power of participants, WP now can power anything from small individual blogs to large multi-user social communities to business websites. Core contributing developers include Ryan Boren, Mark Jaquith, Matt Mullenweg, Andrew Ozz, Peter Westwood and Andrew Nacin. WordPress has just recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary.

WPCommunity

WPCommunity.com was started as an extension of Web Developer Tom Ford who found WordPress in the early days looking for a solution to power a group of large websites that had outgrown their flat HTML infrastructure. Needing more features, WordPress was chosen based on another user who was kind enough to put together a comparison chart of several platforms, with detailed information. The way this individual was able to present this side by side comparison using WordPress ultimately led to giving it a shot...which led to massive experimentation to the different things it could do. The heavy and growing demand for assistance led to offering such, bringing us to today. Tom Ford has contributed to various other development agencies including TC Websites, WPMU.org and WPML. (as well as solving countless technical issues and working through many full website builds).

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MAY 6, 2016
WORDPRESS 4.5.2 SECURITY RELEASE  WordPress 4.5.2 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. WordPress versions 4.5.1 and earlier are affected by a SOME vulnerability through Plupload, the third-party library WordPress uses for uploading files. WordPress versions 4.2 through 4.5.1 are vulnerable to reflected XSS […]
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      • MAY 20, 2016
        WPTAVERN: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT – ISSUE 9In Case You Missed It Featured Imagephoto credit: Night Moves(license)

        There’s a lot of great WordPress content published in the community but not all of it is featured on the Tavern. This post is an assortment of items related to WordPress that caught my eye but didn’t make it into a full post.

        Chris Lema Launches Beyond Good

        Chris Lema has launched a new site called Beyond Good that provides insight, tips, and methodologies for leading employees to become better than good. If it’s anything like his other sites, it’s sure to be a hit in the WordPress community.

        Remote Jobs, a Remote Worker Specific Jobs Board

        Chris Wallace and the team at Lift have launched Remote Jobs, a jobs board specifically catered to remote workers. According to Wallace, “The site exists to help others find remote jobs that connect them with their passions in life.” Check out the site as there’s already a decent listing of opportunities available for remote workers.

        Why .Blog is Worth $19M

        Matt Mullenweg participated in a phone interview with VentureBeat. The first question in the interview asks why the .blog domain is worth $19M.

        Well, the domain business is actually a really good business because you can sell a domain and people use it and keep it forever. So, if you look at like a Verisign, or people who have TLDs, it’s actually an incredible business.

        We really wanted .blog to be open, and some of the other applications for .blog were closed, including Google — so, let’s say for example, only Blogger could have a .blog domain. And we thought that .blog should be open to everyone, even if they’re not using WordPress.

        I gotta be honest though, it was a stressful auction.

        There are other tidbits of information included in the interview that I highly encourage you to read. If I were Google, I’d be upset as .blog is the perfect complimentary domain for Blogger.

        Drupal Association Gives Community Member a Lifetime Ban

        DrupalCon New Orleans took place last week and during the event, several speakers experienced online harassment in the form of derogatory racist, homophobic, and misogynistic comments and images from an anonymous Twitter account. Upon further investigation by community members and the Drupal Association technical and event staff, the harassment was tracked to an attendee at the event.

        This person was then confronted by members of the Drupal Association staff and the Community Working Group. They were asked to leave the event and informed that they have been banned from attending any future DrupalCons as well as any events produced by the Drupal Association, in accordance with the DrupalCon Code of Conduct, which states, ‘We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.’ Shortly after the person left the conference, the account from which the harassing tweets were made was deleted.

        This is an excellent example of why Codes of Conduct exist for events. By the way, check out the Code of Conduct that’s in place for every WordCamp. If you experience harassment of any kind at a WordCamp, please tell event staff.

        Plans Published to Upgrade WordPress Support Forums

        Jennifer Dodd published a detailed plan for migrating the WordPress.org support forums from bbPress 1.x to 2.x. The project is a huge undertaking and involves moving massive amounts of data. If all goes according to plan, the support forums will be on bbPress 2.x by the end of the year. I’m sure a lot of support forum volunteers are stoked to hear this news.

        What NOT to Name a WordPress Theme

        This tweet by Ryan Sullivan gave me a good laugh.

        Tom McFarlin on Improving the WordPress Plugin UX

        Tom McFarlin published a great article that offers ideas on how plugin developers can improve the WordPress plugin user experience. His first suggestion is a key reason I think GravityForms became successful.

        Try to make sure that your project tightly integrates with the core WordPress user interface.

        When I witnessed GravityForms for the first time in 2009, I loved how it integrated into the WordPress backend as if it were a part of the core software. Fast forward to 2016 and plugins that tie into a service are experimenting with overlay interfaces that replace WordPress’. The most recent example I recall is WP Forms that I reviewed earlier this year.

        In my review, I specifically noted that the interface the developers used allowed me to focus on creating forms. It doesn’t seem like it’s a WordPress core feature and it didn’t have too. While the advice McFarlin gives is likely accurate for most cases, there are plugins that benefit from having a unique user interface different from WordPress’.

        Don’t Edit Core

        This comic created by CommitStrip made me smile.

        Wapuu Tattoo!

        In what is a traditional part of this series, I end each issue by featuring a Wapuu design. For those who don’t know, Wapuu is the unofficial mascot of the WordPress project. WordCamp St. Louis 2016, took place last weekend and one of the attendees had a Wapuu tattoo! Wapuu looks good everywhere, including human skin!

        That’s it for issue nine. If you recently discovered a cool resource or post related to WordPress, please share it with us in the comments.

        MAY 20, 2016
        WPTAVERN: WORDPRESS META TEAM PUBLISHES PROTOTYPES OF THE PLUGIN DIRECTORY RE...

        In early 2015, the WordPress.org Meta team redesigned the WordPress plugin directory and added a number of new features. In an effort to iterate on the page’s layout, the Meta Team has published prototypes of a new design for the plugin directory’s home and search results pages.

        The prototypes are inspired by Get WordPress, a landing page that provides key information about the WordPress project at a glance.

        There are a few things to keep in mind while looking at these prototypes. The first is that plugin information displayed on the page is inaccurate. Second, the Pro and Light classifications are for design purposes only. Third, links at the bottom will point to their corresponding pages.

        WordPress Plugin Directory Homepage ProtoypeWordPress Plugin Directory Homepage Protoype

        Unlike the current design, the prototype displays far less information. Authors, Last Updated, Compatibility, and Active Installs are absent from the homepage view. Initial feedback highlights the concern that too much information has been stripped away.

        In response to a comment on the announcement post, Samuel Sidler, Apollo Team Lead at Automattic and contributor to the Meta team, explains why he doesn’t think the information is useful to users.

        Author, as you said, is only really useful for insiders. The latter two, meanwhile, are already taken into account in the search results. If a plugin doesn’t have a recent compatible version, it will move down the list. If it’s too old, it won’t get shown at all (which is the case today).

        Active installs is more interesting, but we account for it weighting search results as-is. I actually find it refreshing to not show the active installs as it allows for less-popular plugins to get more downloads. Users will be less likely to click the popular plugins (outside of familiar names) and more likely to find the plugin they actually need.

        Another commenter suggests creating a simple/advanced view. By default, the page could display a simplistic design while giving power users an option for more details.

        “Just like WordPress core, we strive to design for the majority and build features for the 80%,” Sidler said in response to the comment. “An ‘advanced’ view doesn’t meet that requirement, in my eyes.”

        The Meta team is iterating quickly and will soon publish a prototype of the plugin details page. If you have feedback on the plugin homepage and search result prototypes, please leave a comment on the announcement post.

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