Category Archives: Asides

Plurk Plugin for WordPress

Ricardo González has released a new WordPress plugin that widgetizes your Plurk status messages, so you can make them appear in your blog’s sidebar, for example. Or you can call <?php plurk_messages(“username”); ?> directly to make them appear anywhere in your theme. In case you don’t know, Plurk is like Twitter, except that it has […]

Gravatar Now Supports Transparent Images

Since Automattic took over, one thing users have repeatedly asked for is to be able to have transparent Gravatars. Now that feature has returned.

Yahoo! Answers Philippines Uses WordPress

… as WordPress Philippines points out. Oddly enough, Yahoo!’s blog is using WordPress 2.3.1, even though it started in May and WordPress 2.5 was released in March.

Matt Mullenweg on PHP 5, WordPress Versions at Greek Blogger Camp

At the end of May, Matt Mullenweg spoke at the 2008 Greek Blogger Camp. Mullenweg posted some of his pictures from the camp, and you can view a video of his talk here. I thought he mentioned a number of points of special interest to WordPress users and developers: PHP 5: The PHP developers are […]

Using image.php in WordPress 2.5 Themes

Blog almighty points out that WordPress themes should use the images.php template file to take advantage of the image gallery features introduced in WordPress 2.5. There are two main differences in the image.php template file from single.php: printing the image instead of the post content, and using previous_image_link and next_image_link instead of previous_post_link and next_post_link.

Matt Mullenweg on Mashable

Recently Mark Hopkins of Mashable interviewed WordPress founder and Automattic president Matt Mullenweg for a Mashable Conversations podcast. Most interviews of Mullenweg seem to cover the same ground, and Hopkins was even apologetic about it. However, I thought it was interesting that this time Mullenweg mentioned Mark Pilgrim’s post about switching to WordPress as being […]

Mollom: Anti-Spam Plugin

It seems like a lot of people are getting into the anti-spam business recently. Mollom has released a publicly available version of its WordPress plugin. Unlike the others such as Akismet, TypePad AntiSpam, and Defensio, Mollom alters the comments database table to add a field. I don’t usually think that’s a good idea, but other, […]

Wonkette Switches to WordPress

The popular political gossip site Wonkette has switched from using Movable Type to WordPress to power its site.

TypePad Releases Anti-Akismet Anti-Spam Plugin

The folks at Six Apart have released a centralized anti-spam service complete with WordPress plugin, which seems aimed at competing directly with Akismet. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch has tried it and claims that it has fewer false positives than does Akismet.

Post Versioning in WordPress 2.6

Michael Adams has some screenshots of the work he’s done putting post revisions into WordPress 2.6, the next version of WordPress (now in alpha development). It looks good, and I think this feature will offer lots of exciting possibilities for plugin authors to develop.