WordPress Child Themes – ThemeShaper Tell You How!

I am currently in the process of building a WordPress theme I can use on a number of different sites and blogs. As I follow the ThemeShaper’s Thematic and Theme Hybrid’s “Hybrid” I was familiar with Child themes. The only thing was I didn’t really look into it to master it.

Anyway, I am happy to see that ThemeShaper is writing an extensiveHow To: Child Themes guide. From the first article in the series I have already learned a few things like “how a child theme + parent theme is structured”. And that already helped me in my WordPress journey.

Alright, time for you to subscribe to ThemeShaper‘s blog to get the latest Child Theme tutorials and a lot more WordPress goodness. Oh, and you should defintely read the article.

Theme Playground: WP Podcast #4

The WordPress Weekly isn’t the only podcast about WordPress around. Just recently, Ryan Imel from the Theme Playground started his ownWordPress Podcast.

Today Ryan has released episode number 4, which turns out to be a pretty great episode. They have discussed the following points on the air with Derek Fernholz .

  • bbPress announces TalkPress and begins a move toward a commercial forum
  • Fighting the Diggbar with WordPress: No Diggbar and Block Diggbar (Plugins)
  • WordPress HelpCenter, from Alex King and Crowd Favorite
  • Matt Mullenweg announces Wiley looking for more WordPress book authors
  • Unused WordPress 2.7 Dashboard design concepts
  • WP.Mu, a WPMU installation service
  • Ryan’s pick: WPAudioPlayer, Plugin
  • Derek’s pick: P2, theme from Automattic

Install WordPress MU Service: WP.MU

Installing WordPress MU, the Multi-user version of WordPress can be a pain in the ass. It isn’t as easy as installing the single user WordPress version and requires a lot more steps and knowlegde.

If you want to start a WordPress MU site, but you don’t know anything about the software, this new services called “WP.MU” is for you. They provide you with Hosting, Installation, Plugins, Themes, so you don’t have to take care of that yourself.

I didn’t test WP.MU, but I think it’s a welcome services that many users will use. And they can really help you out, as they know a lot about WordPress MU. As stated on their site:

 

WP.MU is brought to you by the people behind Edublogs,WPMU DEV, WPMU DEV Premium, WPMU.org and Incsub– so we know all about WordPress MU!

Launch: WordPress HelpCenter

Alex King has launched his new service called WordPress HelpCenter. WP HelpCenter is a real time support channel for everything you need to know about WordPress.

Need to change a header image, a color or a theme? Call the HelpCenter. Do you need a customization for a theme or plugin? Call the HelpCenter.

The good thing is that you won’t be answered by your typical support people, but you’ll talk to real Crowd Favorite (Alex King’s development company) WordPress developers. This will gives you accurate and fast information on everything WordPress.

I think this service can be a success, when the developers answer the people how it’s supposed to. I guess the less tech-related WordPress users have it kind-of hard with all the new and extensive features that being released and with this services, they can get help in seconds.

If you have a question, don’t hesitate to call them, because if you stay under 3 minutes, you won’t pay a dime!

Comparisions Between Theme Frameworks: Do You Use Them?

I’ve been following WP Tavern from the start a while back, and yesterday Dan Cole published a guestpost on the blog. The guest post is about Theme Frameworks and compare the most popular ones on a number of points.

For example, he checked which template files the themes includes by default and if there are child themes available. For more informative research check out “Comparisons Between Most Popular Theme Frameworks“.

Do You Use WordPress Theme Frameworks?

Because of this article, I was wondering who is using those frameworks for their projects and blogs.

That’s why I would like to ask you the question:

Do You Use WordPress Theme Frameworks? And Why?

I would be pleased to hear from you and what moves you to use these themes. Please Comment!

10 Changes To Transfrom WordPress in a Killer CMS

WordPress is used more and more as Content Management Systems nowadays, but that wasn’t really what it was build for. It is build as a blogging tool.

But what if WordPress would choose to develop to the CMS side? What has to be done to the WordPress system? It’s a question Joen from NoScope thought about and he decided to write down 10 things WordPress has to change or improve in order to become the next big CMS.

Some of these suggestions are listed below:

  • Better Multi Language support
  • Better Custom Fields
  • More Post-image features

You should check out the article yourself, it includes some very nice and interesting suggestions to improve the WordPress system.

Promote your WordPress Powered Blog with WP-Related Directories

I didn’t know myself that there are six (probably even more?) WordPress related directories out there. After reading this article by WP Daddy, I was quite surprised. I didn’t know about WordPressBlogDirectory or WP Count before!

There is so much going on in the WordPress community with sites and blogs popping up everywhere, it’s hard to keep up with all of that. If you have a WordPress powered blog or site, the article from WP Daddy is for you. They have selected 6 directories where you can promote your new WordPress blog and I believe many of these directories will give you a few good visitors.

So, if you are ready to promote your WordPress powered blog to the WordPress community, don’t hesitate to add your blog to any of these directories. Check out the article.

WPWeekly Episode 48

As you are a WordPress enthusiast like me, you might have heard fromWP Weekly. WordPress Weekly is a podcast hosted by Jeff Chandler from WP Tavern and Jeffro2pt0. Today, podcast episode number 48 has gone live.

It’s a very interesting episode which I am listing right now. Jeff has invited Joost de Valk from Yoast.com to join the show to talk about many WordPress things. The interview is very interesting and includes the following subjects:

  • Plugin development
  • Why Joost didn’t build his own SEO plugin
  • Summer of Code 2009

You should check the interview, it’s one of high quality and very interesting!

Using WordPress as Social Media Platform

I guess many of you know about the flexibility of WordPress. There are WordPress based Galleries, Shops and whole sites, but there is more. With a good understanding of the WP core, combined with a solid foundation of PHP & MySQL, you can create almost everything with WordPress.

A good example of that is WP Vote. WP Vote is a social media site: users add stories to the site and other users can vote for them. Once the article receives a number of votes, the article is published to the homepage and it becomes “popular”. When that happens, a lot more readers of the site get to enjoy the article and vote for it.

WP Vote was originally designed using the Pligg system. Pligg is a popular PHP & MySQL based solution to create a Digg-like site. However, the site was a very vulnerable for spam. The spammers were to active and for Pligg, there wasn’t a proper spam solution available.

That’s why Jean-Baptiste Jung, the guy behind WP Vote, CatsWhoCote,WPRecipes and a blogger at WP Hacks, decided to choose WordPress as its CMS. He wanted to create a WordPress site with the same features the Pligg system had, but with a better spam solution (WordPress has the powerful Akismet).

He managed to re-develop the site using WordPress and the outcome is great. Take a look at the new social media site for WordPress over at WP Vote!

As you can see, WordPress can be used for almost any kind of site because of it’s flexible core and a little bit of creativity.

I wish Jean-Baptiste the best with his WordPress based WP Vote!

Question: New Default Theme in WordPress?

When I was browsing the WP Admin section of this blog, I noticed an interesting question in the “Other WordPress News” section.

Jeffro from Weblogtoolscollection asks a valid question: Is it time for Kubrick to Retire?

Kubrick has been the default WordPress theme for quite some time, but with all those new innovations in the latest themes, a question arises: is this theme still good enough to be used as the default theme? Isn’t it time to use a new and better theme as the default theme?

It’s a fact that many people use Kubrick as their base when they start customizing their blog’s layout. This leads to many WordPress themes that are not easy to edit, have little documentation and maybe bad code.

DD32′s proposal

DD32 is a very active WordPress developer, and he outlined his ideas about a new theme in the Trac section of WordPress.org. Here are his key points:

  • Clean code
  • Little JavaScript
  • Default Stylesheet that is designed to be replaced
  • Make correct use of the Theme API
  • Uses all the latest WordPress functionality

I think this is a fair idea when it’s done correctly. If they can create a theme that is easy to customize, looks good (in code and in the browser) and have a proper documentation, I am all for.

What about you? Is it time for Kubrick to Retire? Let’s talk about it!