Matt on Joomla

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Matt’s appearance at the Joomla World Conference has inspired WordCamp Miami organizers to invite Joomla users and developers to come to their event next year to share experiences.

As someone who came from Drupal to WordPress, I love to see this kind of connection across open source projects. Exploring ideas and philosophy with other developers who have a different history can be a valuable experience. This is especially true with open source projects as similar as WordPress and Joomla. We’re not in competition with one another. Matt’s keynote address at the Joomla World Conference is a reminder that we’re all working together to make the web a better place.

Sarah GoodingWordPress Co-Founder Matt Mullenweg Keynotes Joomla World Conference

my 0,02€ on a possible Origami WordPress theme improvement

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Greg Priday of SiteOrigin WordPress theme foundry makes incredible rich and elegant templates for our preferred blogging engine … ops, I meant CMS.

Origami is one of my favorite from his portfolio and I’ve adopted it for a brief time on a blog of mine, and then introduced it on the toolkit of available themes over the Tevac Network of blogs. After having played with it I think that this themes suffers of two annoyances.

So, without any design experience in my skills, I made the following screenshots of the theme highlighting the weak points with Preview.app editing tools and wrote a mail to Greg. Since I don’t know if he’ll have time to read it I thought sharing it here, waiting for some feedback by my readers.

Basically, when I visit an Origami powered page I’m in a situation like this:

But what happens? I cannot click on the comments number and be taken to the discussion, I have to click on the post’s title to be taken to the single post page of which here’s an example screenshot:

Let’s do a recap:

  1. I like clicking on the comments counter to be taken to the post’s discussion since 9 times out of 10 the author chooses the full post publishing in the home page instead of an excerpt. So I’ve already read the content and then I’d like to read directly the discussion on it without having to re-scroll the entire post;
  2. In the single page / post view I think that the pointers to the next / previous post are “missing”, it’s cool to have the title of the next or previous post available, but they do not stand out in the page, since they merge a little too much for my tastes with the main content. Being put after the post’s tag list, especially when this is short, doesn’t help too much. One way of solving this it may be how the Widely theme (here on WordPress.com) displays them:

What do YOU think ???

Future of work

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We give people the perk and the luxury of being part of an internet-changing company from anywhere in the world. This mirrors the meritocracy that makes Open Source great and treats people on the quality of their ideas and their work whether they’re in San Francisco or Argentina. (Or if they started in San Francisco and moved to Argentina.)

I really believe this is the future of work, it’s just not evenly distributed yet.
Matt Mullenweg

InstaRoll, a WordPress plugin for Instagram

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My friends at the italian production agency ROLL Studio have made this interesting WordPress plugin to interact with the immense Instagram photo-directory:

InstaRoll is a simple Instagram plug-in for creating WordPress posts from Instagram photos (both from user stream and by using a specific search tag).
You can browse photos in your user stream, or by the specified tag, import them into WordPress media library and link it to post, with the possibility of choosing between adding it as featured image (post thumbnail) or directly inside the post (default).
The posts created from Instagram photos can be saved as draft or directly published.

Read more on the project on it’s behance page.

ElmaStudio, a WordPress themes foundry to keep an eye on

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It’s been a couple of months since I’ve discovered ElmaStudio‘s work.

First I fell in love with the (free) Ari theme. Then, while helping my friend Stef(igno) to update his (italian’s) blog we decided to invest  12€ in the Nilmini theme. Last week I provided (for free) to Ellen and Manuel an italian translation of that theme.

Then I’ve brought their Piha theme too just in time to see the previews, and later on the final release, of Nori. Nori aims to be (and probably is) the first WordPress theme out there developed mainly and in first place for mobile devices’ browsers, and later ‘adapted’ to normal ones.

Since they put their money were their mouth is they’ve adopted it on their website and so I had the chance to see a real deployment of that theme and not just a 5 post wide demo. Here are the screenshots!

(the last one is what you see enabling the Reader feature in Mobile Safari). What do you think of the theme?

Let me know in the comments…