the future of WordPress

I think to power more of the web, WordPress needs to go from a blogging tool that can make websites, to a website tool that can make blogs. It’s a fundamental shift, but I believe that’s where WordPress is headed.

Collis Ta’eed (CEO of Envato), THE FUTURE OF WORDPRESS

ciao Wilson, benvenuto Sela

After no more than fifteen days I’m giving a farewell to the Wilson theme and changed again the theme of this weblog. Wilson had a couple of major issues in scaling and some spaces in the information text of each post. And it was probably a bit too dark for my tastes.

So here’s in action Sela, another free post-formats, responsive theme here on WordPress.com … the silence in these days is due to my ongoing quest to clean all the mess of the Uncategorized category of this blog (which I remembers comes from the defunct Posterous.com import).

entering Wilson

WordPress.com has published a bunch of new and interesting themes to their free offer. I choose Wilson to shake things up here… and see if putting in evidence (again) the tags, your’s most recent comments and the interesting things I bookmark on Pinboard in the site’s sidebar I can spark something new. Take this as a little experiment, and as an opportunity to tell me what’s your take on sidebar and content’s visibility and reachability over a blog like mine, with nearly 10 years of content!

2014 in review

As the year runts to its end, the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 45,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

a step by step guide to WordPress deploy for Small Business

WordPress for small business — by Simply Business

A straight-forward guide to getting your website up and running using WordPress. Simple screencast videos guide you through the process step-by-step.

Matt on Joomla

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

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 ???