The templating system in WordPress is very flexible, and there’s rarely something you can’t do or that doesn’t work as you’d expect. A notable exception however is
the_date. Its purpose is simple enough. It displays the current post’s date of creation. But on pages with more than one post (such as on many blog home pages), something weird happens. If a number of posts on any given page were created on the same date,
the_date will only show that date for the first of those posts.
In the early days of blogging, posts were usually listed by date, much like a regular, paper diary. In the old default theme that comes with WordPress a big date title is used to separate posts into days. That’s what
the_date was created to do, and so it makes sense it only displays the same date once. In most modern themes however, people like the date to be among the meta data for each article, so
the_date falls short.
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I’ve been working on yet another upgrade to my WP-Cumulus plugin. It looks like it’s become a pretty major update with a couple of exciting new features, but as a result it will probably no longer support versions of WordPress prior to 2.5. One of the things I want to introduce is proper shortcode support, and that API was introduced in 2.5.
Does anyone still use 2.3.x? Or even older versions even? I’ve not been able to find any statistics on this, but I assume most people keep their installs up to date, right?
I don’t like ‘re-blogging’. I try and write original stuff and not point to other people’s posts. This video however is essential if you’re serious about SEO and WordPress, and you haven’t seen it already you really should. My fellow countryman Joost de Valk talks about SEO and shares some great tips. The video is after the break.
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I changed themes mid December, and according to googlebot’s stats, pages have been taking twice as long to load since then. This got me thinking. What was it I added that caused this? Surely I didn’t make the pages twice as heavy?
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I recently found myself wondering just how many people are making a living installing/theming/maintaining/pluginning/training WordPress. There appears to be a large ecosystem of freelancers and companies that rely on our favorite blogging tool for (part of) their income.
To get an idea of how big this ecosystem is, I decided to run a little survey. My blog only has a limited reach, so please forward this little poll to other people it may interest. The result may be very interesting and reveal WordPress’ true economical significance.
Please use the poll to indicate how much of your personal income comes from WordPress-related work. Please do not vote more than once (or less!). There’s probably some sort of IP-based protection against double votes, but please do not try to find out just in case. This is all completely anonymous, I’m not going to steal your customers .
Thanks in advance for passing this around.
For as long as I remember, WordPress has had the option to send an automatic email to the admin whenever someone posts a comment. I used to have that option enabled. I love responding to comments right away. It helps keep discussions alive and it helps to keep you blog clean of any spam that might slip through Akismet. With the succes of WP-Cumulus however, the volume of comments has been increasing steadily, and I’ve had to disable comment notification.
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It’s been five years since Matt released WordPress 0.7. I think it’s quite an accomplishment that (and how) WordPress has managed to evolve into a very mature blogging solution with all the right features and no bloat whatsoever. I switched to WP (from Movable Type, like so many others) in 2005, and it has since become my favorite CMS solution. I’ve been using it professionally for a while now, and have made quite a few customers very happy.
So here’s to you, WordPress. May you continue to evolve the way you did!
I used to get files like this from Mark Jaquith’s website, but hasn’t released changed files packs for the last couple of upgrades. The zip below contains all files changed from version 2.2.2 to 2.2.3. If you, like me, run several WordPress blogs, uploading the changed files alone can really save lots of time.
WordPress 2.2.3 changed files
Please read (and follow) the upgrade instructions, although this particular upgrade does not require you to run the upgrade.php script. If this doesn’t work for you you’re on your own. It worked just fine for me though .
For a project at work, I needed to set up a bunch of blogs yesterday. All with pretty much the same setup and no special needs like exotic plugins or anything. Instead of going through WordPress’ famous 5-minute install six or seven times I decided to try WordPress MU. Considering how MU is a solution aimed at sites looking to run thousands of blogs off of dedicated servers (it’s being developed at wordpress.com), I thought it would be hard to install and pretty much unusable by mere users like me. But instead there was almost nothing to configure and the installation is even easier than that of a regular WordPress install. Go figure.
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WordPress.org has just released a critical update for their blogging software. Version 2.1.2 fixes malicious modifications that were introduced by a hacker who somehow got access to the download server. Or as Matt puts it:
Long story short: If you downloaded WordPress 2.1.1 within the past 3-4 days, your files may include a security exploit that was added by a cracker, and you should upgrade all of your files to 2.1.2 immediately.
I’ve just finished upgrading my blogs, and you should to. Spread the word!