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WordPress 3.8 “Parker” Released


Version 3.8 of WordPress, named “Parker” in honor of Charlie Parker, bebop innovator, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard.

WordPress 3.8 brings a much needed facelift to the entire admin dashboard. The new interface says goodbye to gray and hello to a “bigger, bolder, more colorful design!” with cleaner typography and refined contrast.

WordPress’s admin area will now adapt to fit whatever device you are on. So get ready to add content from your smartphone, tablet, notebook or desktop.

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Are You Ready for WordPress 3.2?

WordPress 3.2 was released yesterday and the minimum technical requirements have changed for your website back-end (PHP and MySQL) and your web browser (no more old, out-of-date browsers like Internet Explorer 6). Continue reading Are You Ready for WordPress 3.2?

Content – Going Beyond the Website

It can sometimes be a small battle to convince our clients that they need to really think about a strategy for their online content. I often warn them that producing the content on their own (or with the help of a copyright editor) can be the hardest, most time consuming part of managing a website project.

The good news is that most of the companies I work with these days are really thinking about what should be included in their online content. Many of the more successful project I work on already have a content strategy in place before web design even begins.

Producing quality online content has become even more important as regular updates to websites, newsletters and social media are becoming the norm and search engines are always hungry for new content.

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WordPress 3.1: What’s New?

WordPress pushed out version 3.1 today. What’s new?


  • From an interface perspective, WordPress 3.1 shares the same look as WordPress 3.0.
  • A few minor changes have been made to give the WordPress dashboard a cleaner look
  • The blue theme colors and style have been refined and improved across the board.

The Admin Bar

  • I upgraded to version 3.1 today and I was quite surprised to see an admin bar, similar to what you see at at the top of my website.
  • users are probably familiar with the admin bar that appears atop every site when they are logged into their accounts. The menu provides quick access to various tools and lets users quickly create new blog posts or access back-end features.
  • The admin bar will only work when users are logged into their own sites. When they are, visiting the site will display an admin bar that will then provide easy access to comments, the dashboard and other assorted tools.
  • I don’t like the bar for, but I think it will be a big convenience for many of my clients who are on sites.
  • The WordPress team added an option to turn the bar on or off in the dashboard’s “Users” panel. For anyone who wants to disable the admin bar, Joost de Valk will walk you through this simple process.

Internal Linking

  • Internal linking makes it easier for publishers to find and link back to previously published content on their site.
  • Simply click on the link button in the writing panel and enter in a word or phrase. Related entries will show up and clicking on an entry will fill the link field with the correct URL.
  • I prefer to use plugins like LinkWithin that automate this process by refering to articles automatically based on similarity… but this is a nice addition.

Post Formats

  • Post Formats can be used by theme authors to customize the way a WordPress post is presented on the web.
  • Post Formats aren’t a required feature, but it is something that theme designers can implement to better show off certain content types.
  • Post Formats are especially useful for users who want to designate a post as an aside, link, video, image, quote, status, audio, chat or gallery. That designation can then help a theme determine how content should be displayed.

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