Anyone who has been active in the WordPress Community for a few years has read, commented on or learned in some way shape or form from WP Tavern and Weblog Tool Collection. When both were transfered into someone else’s hand it a while back it was pretty much, clear to anyone with the deduction skills of either a front-end developer or a plugin builder, that the new owner had to be Matt Mullenweg 😉
.. well, now is as good as time as any. WordPress 3.6 is getting closer to it’s release, but it’s not quite there yet. Lot’s of CSS stuff needs attention as well, so there’s really no excuse anymore. Go and make yourself immortal!
Just as the BuddyPress 1.7 Release Candidate emerged, so did the bbPress 2.3 Release Candidate. Jared Atchinson just announced this over at the bbPress blog
bbPress 2.3 introduces forum-specific search functionality, so that your users are able to search your forum posts without interfering with your blog posts. It simplifies the fancy topic and reply editors, enabling only the functionality your users should see. Lastly, we’ve included more forum migration tools to help you transition to bbPress from Vanilla, Mingle, and SimplePress.
The fine folks working on BuddyPress just released the first RC for BuddyPress 1.7:
BuddyPress 1.7 is going to be one of our most exciting releases to date. It comes packaged with the same theme compatibility that was introduced in bbPress 2.0, which means that BuddyPress will now work out-of-the-box with a majority of the WordPress themes available today.
Joost de Valk posted an interesting article about their support policy the other day. Specifically, about not supporting old WordPress versions. Joost comes to an interesting conclusion:
In short: upgrade. I know some developers out there are saying that we can’t “require” people to upgrade, well, I disagree. He compares it to Apple not forcing you to buy a new Mac when it breaks. The difference there is that we’re not talking about hardware. We’re talking about software. Apple regularly asks you to upgrade your system to fix battery issues or other issues.
Envate, source of many GPL ruckus of late, is finally moving forward and allowing their theme and plugin authors to choose a proper 100% GPL license.
After getting this community feedback, we are now putting into the works an optional 100% GPL license which authors in GPL-based categories (such as WordPress or Drupal) can make use of. It will be completely up to authors whether they use this option. The new option should be available towards the end of March, and we’ll be posting on Notes about how authors can make use of it.
Over at WPShout Alex Denning wrote a nice piece on what he calls “An Economist’s Look: Competition in the WordPress Theme Marketplace”. Or in other words:
That thought process has lead me to this post, where I’m going to run you through the current state of the marketplace, what impact that has and what that means for consumers.
Alex comes to the following conclusion: [Read more…] about Current State of the WordPress Theme Marketplace