Week in WordPress Episode 20

Today’s cast is a large one. (and that’s not just because we have FAT Media on the line today!)

In this episode of Week in WordPress, we talk about Crowd Favorite, WordPress 3.8 beta 1 being released, and WordPress Twenty Fourteen theme coming to the masses of WordPress.org users.

The guests joining Matt and Scott today are:

  • Carrie Dils
  • Garrett Moon of TodayMade (creators of CoSchedule)
  • Steven Word of Oomph
  • Robert Neu of FAT Media


WordPress Headlines for the Week

Helen Hou-Sandi to give back full-time to WordPress

  • Member of 10up, will be working full-time as a guest committer
  • Two members of 10up contributing like this, and 20 credited core contributors

Crowd Favorite acquired by VeloMedia

  • Transaction will occur early next year
  • VeloMedia will change name to Crowd Favorite
  • Crowd Favorite, enterprise level WordPress consultancy agency, will be joining the larger media entity
  • More WordPress agencies to be acquired soon?

Publish your own iOS or Android app

  • Contender to AppPresser?
  • For multisite networks that need to provide users with custom apps
  • Can make a custom app for a particular client to make them happy and reduce your own workload down the line

WordPress is not a Unicorn

  • Interview on Frantic with Barry Abrahamson, CTO of WordPress.com
  • WordPress, when tested and run properly can do just about anything you want it to
  • Common misconception that it is only good for blogging
  • A lot more front-end interaction in the coming years

Things to consider before changing your company’s name

  • If you change your name, try to change it to one that is equally reputable (VeloMedia to Crowd Favorite)
  • Notify all existing customers of the name change as you do so
  • Don’t ignore your current brand equity
  • Create signage to tell new customers who you were and what the new name is now

BuddyPress 1.9 Beta Available

  • New widgets for “Friends” and “Log In”
  • New notifications under user profile

WordPress Admin Theme Redesign

  • New admin theme by George Kordas
  • Makes the dashboard of WordPress more modern
  • iOS7 styling with translucent backgrounds and clean, square boxes and text.

WordPress Advent Calendar 2013 is fun

  • Cute WordPress Calendar snippets

Twenty Fourteen is out

  • New default theme has been released
  • Looks more modern, with greens and blacks
  • What do you think of the new theme?

WordPress 3.8 Beta 1 is out

  • New admin design and responsive design
  • Dashboard homepage has been refreshed
  • Twenty Fourteen theme
  • Choosing themes under “appearance” looks different

Just the tips

Scott – https://github.com/markjaquith/WordPress-Plugin-Directory-Slurper

Robert – https://pippinsplugins.com/get-array-urls-string/

Matt – WordPress Startup Challenge

Carrie – https://wordpress.org/plugins/cpt-onomies/

Garrett – Udemy.com

Steve – https://wordpress.org/plugins/vip-scanner/

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