Eric Barker, Cory Miller, and I were recently interviewed by 435 Digital, Tribune’s online marketing division, about why businesses should use WordPress. The consensus? Its free, its flexible, its SEO-friendly — all while being easy to use, update and customize.
A friend of mine, and fellow Florida Creative, Lawrence Salberg, created this video screencast showing you how to install your own WordPress blog. He does a good job explaining the difference between WordPress.com and the Self-Hosted software available at WordPress.org, and then gets into the nitty gritty of getting the software up and running quickly. Enjoy!
Video after the jump…
This morning I checked in the initial version of a new plugin: In The Loop. This one generated from a request I got from a user of another plugin of mine, K2 Hook Up. Since the K2 Hooks don’t extend into ‘The Loop’ the part of the WordPress theme that loops over all the posts to display your blog entries, he still couldn’t fully liberate his theme from all of his modifications.
So in between bites of left-over turkey and pie, I coded up this solution over the long Thanksgiving weekend and released it this morning.
You gotta love the GPL.
All of the code I release is done so under the GPLv3 license, including my WordPress plugins. Because of this, my K2 Hook Up plugin inspired a very similar plugin for the premium theme, Thesis. This is why I love open source. I’m free to copy and paste and tinker and hack. So when I’m fortunate to offer up my own code for others to use, its a great feeling to have it in turn inspire another’s tinkering.
But its an even better feeling to receive a very nice complement on your contributions:
I’m very grateful for your plugin, Eric! Seems like whenever I try to do admin panel stuff, it’s so complex, leading to surrender on my part. Your plugin was very well written — elegant in its simplicity, as they say — and helped me learn some stuff! – Rick Beckman
Its interactions like this that really do make it all worthwhile.
I’m happy to report that its day has come, and that day is today.
A detailed look at the new WordPress 2.7, which is still being developed. Interesting to see where they are going in terms of usability, which is a direct reflection of the recent usability testing Automattic just sprang for.
Great link to share with your clients. Screencast Videos focusing on the finer points of managing content with WordPress.
So many tasty features, that I’ll just the video do the talking.