After several weeks of testing and a few RC versions, the WordPress team officially released WordPress 3.5. Labelled Elvin, this is a major release of everyone’s favourite blogging platform.
Last week, I pointed you towards Constellation, which is an HTML5 based starter theme for WordPress. Another similar bare bones theme that you can use as your starter is called Bones. Bones is also HTML5 starter theme that is powered by HTML5 Boilerplate.
A few weeks back we highlighted a cool plugin to help you code your own. The WordPress repository has a tonne of themes available for you to download. However, if you’re looking to create your very own theme you’re better off starting with Constellation.
WordPress’ support for posts is phenomenal. However, when it comes to managing pages, this is very limited. This is possibly because pages are relatively static and are more to add on permanent sections to your site like Contact forms or download areas like we do here at Techtites.
If you’re thinking of getting into WordPress plugin development, I suggest reading this article on webdesigner depot. It gives you a basic idea on creating the directory structure and adding in your first snippets of code. When you’re ready to take it to the next stage, you might want to consider Mario’s DX Plugin Base.
I’ve been using Contact Form 7 on all my WordPress blogs for a long time. Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
Around 10% of the visitors across my various blogs are mobile users. The foray of smart phones has given just about anybody the ability to visit your site through their iPhone or Blackberry or Samsung or…[fill your favourite smart phone name here].
The WordPress team has released a major update to their iOS app today. I updated the app I had installed to check out the new features. The first thing that strikes you is the brand new interface.
Over a period of time your WordPress blog’s database will end up collecting a lot of clutter. This is especially prominent if you’ve been running your blog for a few years and if it has heavy activity. Clutter includes auto drafts, post revisions, spam, trash and useless tags.
Users of WordPress.com can rejoice especially for those who have the new retina screens. WordPress.