WordPress 2.8 Insights, The Favorite Actions

The new version of WordPress is in the starting blocks and got new features this week which is not immediately noticable, it affects the favorites in the header of your backend.

The favorites are changing from 2.8 in dependence of the page that you are using. I hope the screenshot shows it.

Also the Plugin page was revised. From version 2.8 on, WordPress saves user behaviors and hence you are always in the area that you used the last time – definitely an added value.
This applies also for the comment administration. In addition, the Plugin page has changed completely, so that you get an own summary on various topics.

wpTweety: Twitterwall With #WordPress As Focal Point

wptweetyWith the growing popularity of Twitter, the diversity of applications increases around the popular micro blogging service. wpTweety expands the range of available applications and sees itself as Twitterwall – as virtual bulletin board – for the latest Tweets about WordPress.

wpTweety collects messages about WordPress within Twitter and put them on a website, bundled and free from delay.

Twitterwall for activity around WordPress

wpTweety is simple. Also, the underlying principle and the technology behind it: In certain time intervals, wpTweety checks on the availability of messages with the hash tags #wordpress and #wp. Spam posts get removed, then the cleaned result get cached and be presented in form of a list. New entries expand the list, depending on availability – automatically, without reloading the site.

The proposed solution is a central place to have all tweets about WordPress on one Website. wpTweety highlights the latest entries in color, and allows direct reactions such as retweet and reply to displayed messages.

A pretty useful new Twitter application to tweet the latest news about WordPress or even tweet a job offer for a WordPress project.

What do you think about wpTweety, will you use it in the future as a great resource?

Interview with Michael

BTW, my team mate on WPEngineer, Michael had an interview on the German website “Selbständig im Netz” with some interesting questions about WPEngineer. Unfortunately only in German, but maybe some of our readers can understand! 🙂

WordPress 2.8 – Small Insights

WordPress sticks to the publication date in April this year. In advance, I would like to briefly mention some innovations, which from my personal point of view are quite exciting.

  • New Template Tag: the_modified_author()
    In the use of different authors long awaited, in 2.8 available
  • Widget API
    Widgets have been loved by most users and tolerated by developers. The new API will simplify it and the access to the class makes this possible. This means that multiple instances now finally possible.
  • Optimized loading of JavaScript
    Since 2.7 is clean and checked loading of JS involved. Additional functions provide a control of the loading process and dependency. Now, via WordPress, scripts are going to summarized and returned in a single call. You can also include scripts in the footer now, directly through the targeted functions.
  • More options, when making the frontend, with the new Template Tag body_class()
  • SimplePie in Core
    With version 2.8 Magpie is removed and the well-known SimplePie project comes into the core; in my view in relation to use of feeds, especially in the ATOM standard, a lot more comfortable.

What are your most exciting innovations in 2.8?