WordPress for iOS 3.4 announcements arrive!

 wordpress ios 34 notices Just released version 3.4 of WordPress for iOS the mobile version for Apple devices such as the iPhone or iPad. And the main thing it offers are ads everywhere, from any window.

There are many solutions to failures, and some minor improvements, but the main thing is what I say, and if not, now, thanks to the new notices, in each screen, not only in the one of each blog we can …

Of course, and luckily, errors are fixed with the drafts (that were not updated correctly) and the visualization of statistics in WordPress hosted with JetPack, but the main thing is that now we will have notices of everything that happens in our WordPress, anywhere and at any time .

You have the update in the Apps Store a while ago, you're late.

WordPress theme "retina" ready

Apple has introduced in many of its devices the concept of visualization called " Retina display ", by which a device will show the double (at least) resolution of another similar, thanks to the high-quality screens they use, for example, the latest iPhone, iPad and MacBook computers .

If you've tried one of these devices with retina display you will have verified that the resolution of the typefaces and the images is really spectacular.

To have a web " retina ready " it is necessary to take into account several aspects , the main ones are these:

  • Images at higher resolution, something easy to add using several methods that we will see later.
  • Icons and buttons using CSS, to be able to show different versions depending on the device.
  • F avicons, the easiest, because you only have to upload a favicon to 32 × 32 pixels instead of the standard to 16 × 16

And, of course, in WordPress we can be prepared for to offer a version " retina ready "from our website for which we have several possibilities, some really simple. Let's see some options, some easier than others …

… WordPress Plugins …

WP Retina 2x : This plugin converts our WordPress into " retina ready ", at least as far as that refers to images. It offers two different ways to serve images to your visitors, choosing the one that best suits your accommodation and environment. It also has support for WordPress multisite.

The plugin, once active, creates the necessary image files for devices with Retina display . If the resolution of the original images was not high enough, it shows you a notice in the Multimedia Library to upload images at a higher resolution.

From the first moment, the plugin recognizes the device from which your website is being viewed and will show the version of the images appropriate to it, being the highest resolution in the case of the Retina display.

Simple WP Retina : another great plugin that changes, when your website is viewed from a device with a screen retina, to the version @ 2x of the images.

To do this, the plugin creates versions @ 2x of the images of the entries and also for the thumbnails. There is nothing to configure, but you also have to install the plugin regenerate thumbnails once installed Simple WP Retina and run the regenerated thumbnails, the rest is automatic.

… WordPress Themes …

By course, it will save you time and effort using a theme that is already ready for retina displays, such as Responsive (free) or another stack that you can find (already paid)

… Resized using CSS …

This already exists, you do not have to install or learn anything . The idea is simple: serve images at twice the resolution but resized in half. The device with Retina display will show the image at its top resolution, the only downside is that you always load the image at full resolution, although it is not necessary in devices without Retina display.

Come on, what you have to do is acquire the custom of always uploading the images at twice the resolution of those that you will show them in your theme and resize them, using the attributes " width " and " height ", all of them half the time to insert them.

In short, it would be something like that for a 640 × 400 resolution image:

… Javascript …

One way to achieve the same as with the previous methods is through the script Retina.js . Once you download it from the official site the process is this:

  1. Upload the file retina.js to your server
  2. Add the necessary script to the file footer. php of your active theme, before the tag :

What the script does is assume that you use the high resolution modifier recommended by Apple (@ 2x) to identify variations of high resolution images on your website and, in this way, if you insert a called image, let's say chunk_of_photo.png then look for a call chunk_of_photo@2x.png that will be the one will show devices with retina display. So you know what it is: always upload the above, or use the LESS CSS trick as explained on the official website of Retina.js.

… Iconized fonts …

One of the things more horrible to the " retinizar " a web are the sources, because the redimensión shows them horribly pixelizadas. To solve this important facet we can use the technique @ font-face very implemented from Twitter bootstrap and quite easy to add to our WordPress using Font awesome ]which allows you to install typographic font icons in the form of vectors that, without greatly loading your web, will show a high quality version that will look great on Retina displays.

Once you download Fong Awesome do the following:

  1. ] Copy the folder " Font Awesome " to your server
  2. Copy the files font-awesome.less or font-awesome.css to the folder your active WordPress theme.
  3. Open the uploaded CSS file and edit the URL of the source so that it points to the folder where you uploaded Font Awesome

Another way to do it is create your own typeface with services as Font builder yl You can implement the new sources on your site by creating CSS classes that use @ font-face .

Well, as you can see there is everything from the simplest to special modes for developers . What seems clear is that the web tends to retinish little by little and we must take into account these techniques if we want our website created with WordPress to be competitive and add value to these devices with Retina display that are being used more and more.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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WordPress Logos for mobile

If you are, like me, total WordPress fan you'll probably already have a WordPress logo for your mobile or tablet so everyone can see that you're a real geek. [19659002] And if you have fallen short of logos, it has happened to you that there is a website with the official logos, also for mobile devices.

It is on the Logos and graphics page of WordPress where there are logos of all sizes, and some special for smartphones (640 × 960 pixels) and even for iPad (2048 × 1536 pixels).

You just have to visit the page with your device, open the size that best suits you to it and save it to use it and show your loyalty to WordPress.

WordPress 3.1 for iOS, I already played something like that! • WordPress Help

Just released version 3.1 of WordPress for iOS and if you have a iPhone or – especially – an iPad you're already slow to update well this already seems to be serious.

And is that this update has gotten a major wiggle to the user interface, with changes that you're really going to like.

WordPress 3.0 for IOS available

Just released the version 3.0 of WordPress for IOS with less news than expected, and curiously putting the long teeth with version 3.1. I'm still stupefied.

And why did it say version 3.1 ?, because these new features, compared to what is announced for the next version is nothing, where in the post of the official blog we are announced that it will incorporate the following:

WordPress will be radically simplified • WordPress Help

Thus, without half measures, WordPress will be radically simplified. This is what Matt Mullenweg has said at a recent conference in New York .

This coming Sunday WordPress turns 9 and soon we will have the WordPress version 3.4, but WordPress must advance to be a tremendously simple and simple platform, especially oriented to mobile devices. Because WordPress already has the fundamental tools and code to be a solid, secure and powerful CMS but it has to address a mobile future that is already present for most users (first world, not forget us.)

And that is that WordPress should go to offer that feeling that they even tell us again, and we do not care, that " is not a CMS ", that it seems so simple that, as with the Mac, it seems incredible that with such a simple interface you can do so many great things from a personal blog to a high traffic website.

I think that We have all seen how WordPress mobile applications are becoming more useful, with CSS adaptable to the devices and with improvements in the interface, but we must take a step forward, especially thinking about the tablets those little tacit wonders useful that any child or elder know how to use nothing else to take them. That's what WordPress should tend to, and for that it will surely have to do without much " paraphernalia " current. Do you remember Habari ?, because I think that an advance in that direction would be right

Anyway, it's not a change that is made in a few days, but surely for the 10th anniversary of WordPress in a year, for when we are talking about WordPress 3.5 or WordPress 3.6 we will have an equally powerful platform, but much more friendly, simple and adapted to all types of devices, but before.

Note: bi0xid comments that a fork is being worked on simpler so that those who want a WordPress "lite" opt for it but keeping a full version to have a full-blown CMS. Come on, there will be 2 versions, the complete and the "light".

Personally I think something could be done in the style of Multisite, that just as you can expand your WordPress so that it becomes a network there would also be an option to make it lite . But this is already a matter of taste.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Remove the width and height attributes of the WordPress file loader

You'll think it's bullshit but no, it's not any nonsense and I'll explain it to you … if you want to be at Clear Day. If you are from the old and do not want to progress, pass this entry.

As you already know, when you insert an image from the file loader in the WordPress editor, the HTML attributes width and [HTML] are added automatically. height that indicate the size in which the image will be shown in your active theme for that, so that it adapts to the width of the theme and is not horrible, but you already knew this? No.

Well, this is already an old thing …

With the new customizable designs (or as they are called in English " responsive "), that are adapted to the browser and even device from which a web is being visualized it does not make sense to define fixed attributes of width and height of images, because the theme will adapt, like all elements of the content, to the size of the reader device, be it a computer, a smartphone or an iPad, cool huh?

Do you already understand why it might be interesting to delete – by default – the attributes width and height that the charger of files inserted in the editor ?. Well, that if you use a theme with adaptive design you do not need something like this:

To eliminate by default the attributes that you will have left in an adaptable design you just have to add the following code to the file functions.php of your theme:

You save and that's it. The next time you insert an image in your editor already will not add the attributes width and height that your adaptive theme will already take care of it (or " responsive ", as you prefer to call it)

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Pinterest in WordPress

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If you already know what it is " pinear " or " repin "On Pinterest you can save yourself these first few paragraphs, but you should know that Pinterest is the next social network, a new way to share your favorite links with friends – or the whole world – but this time in a very visual way by means of " virtual thumbtacks " where you click your photos, articles, links, whatever.

With application for Android and iPhone, or through the simple and effective "bookmarlet" that it offers, you can share information that interests you and place it in spaces that you define in your Pinterest account, which will be displayed visually in your Pinterest account, in the style of applications like Flipboard or Zite even if you want pretty look gone to the new Delicious .

Although it is a young network already around 5 million users and growing, at the moment very popular among professionals of the arts, fashion and media social, but also for anyone who wants to share content in a more attractive way . In fact it is predicted that it will soon be one of the great social networks, competing with the current monsters, but that only time will tell.

And, of course, you can go integrating your WordPress on Pinterest with the following utilities:

  • Pint it on Pinterest : Add an icon to "pine" your posts on Pinterest, a way to start making your website known in this new social network.
  • Pinterest "Pint it "button : Similar to the previous, in full development.
  • Slick social share buttons : This popular plugin already incorporates, among its many options and virtues, the icon for your readers to share your content on Pinterest
  • Social discussions : Very similar to the Share it option of Jetpack, it offers 10 social icons, among them the one of "pinear" to Pinterest. If you want a more complete substitute than the one that comes with Jetpack you will love it.
  • Subscribe / Connect / Follow widget : Very complete Social widget to encourage your readers to follow you on your preferred social profiles, including also Pinterest, by course
  • About me 3000 widget : More complete than the previous one, it shows, in addition to icons to your social profiles, a photo and a presentation text, in the form of a widget. How not, incorporate icon for Pinterest. Simple to configure and very effective for personal blogs and corporate sites.
  • Official Pinterest buttons : Of course, on the official website they offer a wide variety of icons and buttons to spread your profile or offer "Pin it" in your website, but with the limitation that it does not adapt to the dynamic management of WordPress
  • Code for WordPress: If you want to add an icon manually at the end of your entries and pages you have to add at the end of the loop of your entries a code like this:

Well, now you can be totally up to date , offering the most advanced readers of your site the option to share (and thus be one of the first) your content in Pinterest .

Note: Right now, the Pinterest service is only open by invitation. If you want to try it register on the web or ask a friend who already has an account to invite you.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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WordPress for journalists

Today they echoed in Periodismociudadano.com of a article of 10,000 words in which show the virtues of WordPress as a tool of journalism, especially indicated for field reporters, thanks to its characteristics and simplicity.

In the article, they break down 5 ways in which WordPress is very useful for journalists in the field and, of course, for any connected user who has to publish from outside their usual office or home environment:

1. WordPress mobile applications

WordPress dispose of mobile applications with which practically in any platform, a journalist can publish sue articles, from a WiFi network or through 3G connection:

And if you do not have any of these smartphones You can always access from any other mobile to http://m.wordpress.com/ .

With any of these applications you can post, add photos, review your content before publishing it, moderate comments and , of course, publish content on the network from your mobile.

2. Publish by voice

Although not available for the entire world, the option of publish by voice which I already talked about in its day, can be a very interesting solution for reporters in difficult situations ( enemy fire, darkness), in which they can not type what they want to publish. It can also be a great resource for publishing interviews.

The system, as I mentioned, is simple, you just have to go to your desktop (from WordPress.com), then to My Sites and Activate publish by voice. To publish you just have to call the number indicated there, enter your secret code and start talking. You have up to one hour per call, and the call stops by itself if you stop talking for 10 seconds.

3. Geolocation of your publications

If you are reporting from several sites you can add geolocation to each of them, either manually or automatically. You will find it in your blog on wordpress.com in "Users -> Personal settings -> My location -> Activate geolocation" (well, in fact you still get the texts in English). You can also do it in a WordPress hosted by geolocation plugins .

4. Publish via SMS

If you are in a situation with a bad connection, without 3G but with basic mobile coverage, you can publish via SMS an option that you will also find on the Settings page of your WordPress site. com

Even in this very spartan mode you can moderate and respond to comments and, of course, post entries.

5. Upload videos from mobile with VideoPress

VideoPress is a high quality video platform that, of course, also supports the uploading of video files from any of the WordPress mobile applications. It is not free but its price (about € 84 a year) is adjusted for the quality and possibilities it offers, especially for the professional.

As if this were not enough, there are dozens of WordPress plugins for journalists ]which will complement these 5 tips.

And, well, this is the compilation that you do in the original article, can you think of one more oriented to journalists?

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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More than 10 WordPress news 3.3

Well, since we already know that WordPress 3.3 will be for November 15 I think it's time to start glimpse the novelties that await us which will be very interesting.

There is still a long way to go in the development, which today is at 30% but we can see interesting improvements, I'm sure you'll like it.

Let's see them …

1. Improvements in the multimedia loader

Finally, it seems that after many requests (and almost crying for me) in WordPress 3.3 there will be a major remodeling of the media loader adopting Plupload [19659010]a system developed by the people of TinyMCE that will involve huge advances, many already using HTML5 in the loader . Advances such as "drag and drop", automatic resizing, filtering by file type and much more.

I look forward to it.

2. First Steps Guide

This is going to be very useful for beginners, as soon as you install WordPress you will be shown a guide in which you will be encouraged to make the first important configurations.

Of course, you will always have WordPress Help but surely the new ones in WordPress will be helped by an introductory text that, in addition to welcoming them, tells them the first steps in their newly installed CMS.

3. Adaptive Desktop

If you use an iPad, you'll know what this means. And the WordPress administration area is great, but it is not adapted to all kinds of screen configurations, let alone tactile interface devices. Someone will tell me that the mobile version of WordPress already exists, but you will be with me that it leaves a lot to be desired and, at least from an iPad, despite its shortcomings, it is more effective to use the normal administration interface.

adaptive desktop version the administration area will recognize the screen and device configuration and will offer a version that adapts to it, not only in appearance, but also in functionalities and modes of use.

4. Improvements in the admin bar

To what you have already noticed that from WordPress 3.2 the admin bar introduced in version 3.1 does not adapt as it should ?. In fact, by default it is not active in the administration area and the reality is that it requires the same for such basic things as writing a new entry. In fact, from WordPress 3.2 the ideal is to activate the bar also for the admin area always.

Well, WordPress 3.3 is going to solve this and some other detail, because it is no longer understood the administration area without the admin bar, and the changes will go in this direction.

5. Performance improvements

Come on, this is not a novelty but something mandatory, and demanded by everyone in each update, and that is not always true although the truth is that it is being met reasonably except on rare occasions.

Currently there are some internal aspects that do not contribute to the best possible performance in WordPress, such as the fact that "pretty permalinks" require several redirections something really meaningless. And things like this and some more will be modified to improve internal performance and reduce consumption and requests to the database.

6. Language packs

If there is still something manual still in WordPress, one of these things is change the language of the same WordPress even plugins and themes. This seems to be solved by integrating a language installer. I think it's a great idea, and it's easy to apply.

7. Child themes in the repository

As with frameworks, from WordPress 3.3 you can install child themes something that is now even complicated to load into the official WordPress.org repository.

8. Permanent widgets

You have already suffered more than once that bitch that means that when you change the subject you disappear the widgets that you had well organized in the previous topic. Well, this is also going to be fixed in WordPress 3.3 and now your widgets will still be there in the sidebar of the new theme when you change it.

9. Remove administration notices

The truth is that there are many ways to avoid the appearance of updates notifications and other administration messages, through plugins and hooks, but from the new version you will be able to decide natively not to appear this type of messages .

10. Improvements in the settings and the Meta API

I do not know what changes there will be in this respect but we are also working on it. I'll go on discussing the advances.

11. Background updates

I already talked about WordPress updating in the background like Chrome or Mac OSX. This will be a great advantage especially for webmasters who carry many client sites.

Well, it seems to be good WordPress 3.3 do not you think ?. Personally, the most anticipated change is that of the media loader. Which one do you think best of these 10?

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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