.. 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
Mark Jaquith, over at the make.wordpress.core site, introduced the new default WordPress theme to be introduced in WordPress 3.6. Twenty Thirteen looks like nothing you’ve ever seen in a default WordPress theme and to be honest, I’m not sure that’s a good thing.
I am aware that what we see now is just an early rendition, – love the colors, don’t like it being boxed on my 27″ iMac – but I’m not sure what to think about the general direction here. It’s geared towards Post Formats, for which the UI will be revamped in 3.6, and I’m not sure that is the direction a default theme should be headed. Why? [Read more…] about Introducing Twenty Thirteen