Category Archives: WordPress

Canada WordPress Users Facebook Group

We have just set up a Group on Facebook for Canadian WordPress users and developers named “Canada WordPress Users Facebook Group“.

Facebook Group

The purpose of this Group is to promote and discuss WordPress-related topics in Canada.

As you all know, WordPress is a semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability, and those are the aspects the members of this Group wish to focus on.

Everyone is welcome, but be advised that we do not tolerate any type of SPAM, neither allow to use the group discussions to promote political parties or other organizations not related in any way to WordPress.

You can join Canada WordPress Users Facebook Group at the following link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/canadawpusers/


The future of WordPress: Q&A with founder Matt Mullenweg

Named as one of the 25 most influential people on the web, Matt Mullenweg founded and runs WordPress, which began its life as free, open-source blogging software that quickly evolved into a general-purpose CMS used by millions of sites on the web. The success of WordPress speaks for itself — and it is one of the most popular content management system engines around today, also used by many Fortune 500 companies.

Mullenweg at only 27 also runs the commercial arm of WordPress, Automattic, which is the company behind WordPress and a handful of other software projects. WordPress is used by more than 14% of the one million biggest websites including those of The New York Times.

Read this exclusive one-on-one interview at Memeburn:
http://memeburn.com/2011/07/the-future-of-wordpress-qa-with-founder-matt-mullenweg/


Introducing WordPress for webOS

WordPress for webOS is now available as a download for the HP TouchPad. Support for more webOS 3.0 devices are expected in the not-so-distant future. However as put by mobiputing.com,  it may seem surprising that WordPress didn’t focus its efforts on developing a full visual editor for more popular platforms such as iOS or Android first, but as David Frahm points out, a key difference between iOS, Android, and webOS is that HP’s mobile platform is based on web standards, and that’s something the folks at WordPress are very familiar with.

WordPress for webOS is the first official WordPress app to have a full featured WYSIWYG post editor. The app has been translated to all languages available on the TouchPad (Available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, Dutch, and Japanese.). It uses a “Sliding Panels” interface, which takes full advantage of the larger screen of the TouchPad and makes for fast and easy blog management on the go.

Check out the video here to learn more!

You can manage posts and pages, as well as add new ones. Moderation is built right in, and you can even reply directly to comments. If a comment comes in and you’re working on something else with your TouchPad at the time, you’ll get notified about it. Peruse the Stats panel for in-depth information on what your visitors like the most about your site.

Another neat thing about this app is its use of “Cards”. This is a webOS invention that lets you stack screens belonging to the WordPress app in a single pile, making it very easy to, for instance, write a post while keeping the main window open. In fact, if you tap an email address in a comment, a compose email card will be stacked together with those of the app.

Learn more about WordPress for webOS at webos.wordpress.org and follow @WPwebOS on Twitter for the latest news!


Building a Business Around WordPress

Brian Casel, a web designer and business owner who works with WordPress on a daily basis, has posted a very interesting article titled ” 7 Ways to Build a Business Around WordPress”, at Mashable.

In his article, Brian explores several WordPress-based business models that have proved to be successful, such as:

  1. WordPress Design/Development Consultancy
  2. Web Design/Development Agency
  3. WordPress Themes Sales
  4. Plugin Development & Support
  5. WordPress Web Hosting
  6. WordPress Community Content
  7. Premium WordPress Support

Read the whole article at:

http://mashable.com/2011/06/01/wordpress-business-models/

Image courtesy of Flickr, Titanas


WordPress Plugins to create mobile versions of your websites

SitePoint’s Craig Buckler reviews 3 WordPress plugins to create mobile versions of your websites:

1. WP Mobile Detector

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WP Mobile Detector from Websitez.com provides a simple way to adapt your site for mobiles in a couple of clicks. Unlike other plugins which target a handful of popular gadgets, WP Mobile Detector supports more than 5,000 web-enabled phones, smartphones, tablets and small-screen devices. The other features are no less impressive:

  • 9 mobile themes are included
  • content is automatically formatted and images are resized for the target device
  • WordPress widgets are supported
  • multilingual sites can be created
  • the plugin records access statistics to help you identify traffic from basic and advanced mobiles.

The free version of WP Mobile Detector is available from WordPress.org. A professional edition featuring a real-time interactive theme editor is available from Websitez.com. Prices start from $49.95.

2. WordPress Mobile Pack

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The WordPress Mobile Pack is a comprehensive plugin which gives fine-grained control over your mobile website. The most popular devices can be identified by user agent or domain mapping. A single elegant theme is provided although it’s available in four different color schemes.

The WordPress Mobile Pack is a great plugin, although I suspect some people may be overwhelmed by the array of options distributed across several pages. Now and again, I also found it switched me to mobile view while using the administration panels.

The free WordPress Mobile Pack is available from WordPress.org.

3. MobilePress

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Finally, we have MobilePress. Although WordPress.org reports it’s compatible up to version 2.8.6, I didn’t have any trouble installing and running it in v3.1.

MobilePress is the simplest plugin here and provides few options. However, it’s one of the easiest to use and test since you can force your site into mobile view rather than using a real mobile device or domain mapping.

Two mobile themes are provided although I couldn’t see much difference between them? Fortunately, help is provided for developers who want to create their own alternatives.

MobilePress is developed by Aduity, a company providing advertising solutions for mobile phones. You don’t need to use that feature but it’s available should you require it.

The free MobilePress plugin is available from WordPress.org and mobilepress.co.za.
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Author_craig_buckler_6 3 of the Best WordPress Plugins to Make Your Site Mobile-Friendly
by Craig Buckler

Last but not least is the offering by BraveNewCode Inc. a Canadian top-notch venture.

The BraveNewCode team is responsible for the development of one of the most popular WordPress plugins, WPtouch, that magically transforms a WordPress blog into a basic iPhone application-style theme, complete with AJAX-loading articles and effects, that can be viewed from an iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Opera Mini, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices.

The basic package can be further customized by tweaking its CSS style, sheets to meet  branding requirements. A commercial version offers more advanced options, such as Web-App mode.


How To Build a Speedy WordPress Sandbox VM

Raena Jackson Armitage How To Build a Speedy WordPress Sandbox VM
by Raena Jackson Armitage

 

If you’re planning to break into the world of WordPress development, it makes sense to set up a dedicated development environment — and one of the best ways to do it is with a virtual machine. I prefer VMs to my Mac’s built-in server or servers like MAMP because you can run them only when you need them, pack them away when you’re done, set up as many different ones as you need, and share them with friends and co-workers with ease. And if you’re new to web server administration, setting up and maintaining a Linux VM is the perfect beginner project to practice your skills.

In this article, we’ll take a look at setting up a Linux virtual server with all the bits and pieces required to support a WordPress installation. If the words “Linux”, “administer”, and “server” give you the heebie-jeebies, you’re in luck — we’ll also show you how to use a pre-packaged WordPress server that takes just minutes to install and requires no knowledge of the command line. What’s more, since we’ll be making use of free and open source software, all it costs is a bit of your time and hard drive space!

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http://sitepointcom.createsend3.com/t/y/l/zfhll/oujydtikt/ti/


Migrating Your Current WordPress Blog to a WordPress Multisite Blog

Author Bernard Peh at SitePoint has posted a follow-up to his Multisite WordPress tutorial. This time, he’ll show you how to migrate an existing standalone blog into your new multisite setup.

The first thing to do is make some preparations.

Make sure you have the latest version of WordPress installed: we’re up to version 3.1 now. This is important for consistency between installations and also to ensure you have access to the multisite feature. Upgrade WordPress if necessary and ensure the multisite feature is enabled. Check the previous video for details.

Back up all databases for both multisite and singlesite.

Do not activate domain mapping for newsite yet.

This is a good time to do a bit of housekeeping and remove all old spam comments, expired users and unwanted posts on singlesite. You will reduce unwanted content and make your life a little easier later on.

Copy the theme and plugins from singlesite to multisite. How you achieve this depends on how your sites are hosted. You may need to use cPanel or similar, or stand alone FTP.

The next step is to export the content of singlesite to a downloadable file. In the singlesite WordPress admin panel under Tools in the left sidebar, click on Export. Click on the Download Export File button to export the content of the site to an xml file.

Switch your attention to the newsite WordPress installation. To import the singlesite xml file we have just exported, we need to install a plugin. Click on Add New under Plugins in the left sidebar of the admin panel and search for the term “WordPress Importer”. Follow the instructions to install that specific plugin.

Then go to Tools / Import, click on WordPress and upload the singlesite export xml file. Proceed with the import only up to the Assign Authors page.

At this point, you’re given the option to map the authors from singlesite to newsite. This is the most challenging part of the process because WordPress does not allow you to have duplicated authors across different sites in your multisite, so you need a way to identify and resolve the duplicate authors.

To do this, you can compare author usernames and email addresses.

Go to phpMyAdmin for the singlesite database. Duplicate the wp_users table, call it wp_users_tmp and then export this table. Then switch to the multisite database and import wp_users_tmp.

To compare the wp_users table from both databases, run this query on the multisite database to give us a list of all email duplicates.


SELECT t.user_login as singlesite_user, w.user_login as multisite_user, w.user_email
FROM wp_users w, wp_users_tmp t WHERE w.user_email = t.user_email

Now run this query to check for any username duplicates.


SELECT t.user_login as singlesite_user, w.user_login as multisite_user, w.user_email
FROM wp_users w, wp_users_tmp t
WHERE w.user_login = t.user_login and w.user_email != t.user_email

Back on the Assign Author page in the multisite import process, append “_singlesite” or another unique identifier to the existing singlesite username for any case where a user is duplicated.

Check the Download and import file attachments checkbox and click Submit.

Since all users now have unique names, you can compare them against the profiles you have in singlesite. Now, you can manually enter their profile details in the users section.

Re-activate all the plugins and re-setup the widgets in newsite. You can also configure the theme under Superadmin / Sites.

Point your browser to http://multisite.something/newsite/ and check that newsite now holds the content of the singlesite.

Change the IP address of the singlesite domain to point to your multisite host.

Add the singlesite domain as the primary domain under Superadmin / Domains.

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