January 2007

Aaron Brazell

WordPress Custom Fields Contest

Update: This contest has been extended to March 30, 2007.

There is an often-overlooked aspect of WordPress that adds functionality that is more geared to a Content Management System than a blogging platform. And that’s why, perhaps, the world’s #1 blogging software finds that many users don’t really use Custom Fields.

I think that’s a travesty.

Conversations in the blog software world always toy with concepts that look forward to what should be introduced in a blogging software. A lot of these conversations circulate around breaking blogs out of the status quo which are “typical blogging templates”. Different approaches were taken at different times in the history of the blogging platform. For instance, the conversation around categories and how conversations could really be more granular than simple categories led to the advent of tags which are seen around the blogosphere. Trackbacks were used to alert another party of your conversation surrounding them but as spammers started exploiting trackbacks, pingbacks were invented which were more passive and allowed discovery of conversation surrounding the blogger.

Evolutions come and go, yet, blogging by and large remains a linear concept that is driven mainly by content creation and reader interaction. To that end, themes are built to this standard.

But what if the standard is just too limiting? What if the standard can be enhanced and changed? What if simple personal blogs could be turned into effective content properties?

Custom Fields may be the answer to the question, how do you make the mundane reach these goals?

I’m running a contest here at Technosailor and there are prizes involved. There is also judging. But there is time.

The Contest

Aaron Brazell

WordPress Trunk

It probably interests no one but me, but I’m becoming more of an SVN ninja. It took me days to figure out how to setup a web accessible SVN server with appropriate web, svn and filesystem permissions (i.e. this repository is world readable, but can only be written to by me). I’ve been using SVN […]

Aaron Brazell

Timecapsule Plugin 1.0.3

A few of you have been asking me about when Timecapsule (initially released on Problogger) would be WordPress 2.1 compliant. The time is now and not yet. For those who wish to download and test (please do!), you can do so via SVN: 1svn co http://svn.b5media.com/svn/timecapsule/trunk Or download the nightly. I am looking to take […]

Aaron Brazell

Startup Truths: There is no Time or Money

I was reading Matt Mullenweg’s post about an interview that Robert Scoble recently had with Jonathon Schwarz of Sun in which it seemed Sun continued to be disconnected with reality. With respect, Schwarz responded and apologized for the perception that Sun presented. (As a sidenote, the comments on Schwarz’ entry are quite good). Matt makes […]

Aaron Brazell

WordPress 2.1 Gotchas

I figured I’d follow up my 10 Things You Should Know About WordPress 2.1 with another useful post. The reality is that there were bound to be discoveries by the masses after the launch and over the past few days, this assumption has been borne out. The really tech savvy among us and those who participate (or at least religiously observe) in WordPress development, particularly via the email lists, have a tendency to “forget” what it’s like to not know the ins and outs of WordPress.

So having watched the uptake of WP 2.1 the past few days and learned a thing or two that I did not know along the way, I thought it would be useful to post some of the things that have cropped up in the mass migrations from WordPress 2.0.x to WordPress 2.1.

After my upgrade, my blogroll is all screwy.

I mentioned in my 10 Things article that there were semantic reasons for the combination (at least on the back end) of categories and what was formerly knows as “Links”. You’ll notice that Links is now called Bookmarks and is actually a category to itself among the Category listing.

Venture Files

Social Networking Trends: Social Travel

Social travel is a new movement in the travel sector that is taking advantage of the Web 2.0 concept. Just in case you’re not familiar with Web 2.0, the first round of web technologies, Web 1.0, was mostly read-only, while Web 2.0 is enabled for massive read-write capabilities. Two things make this possible: rich web […]

Aaron Brazell

Why Do You Blog?

There’s an interesting survey available over at Why Do You Blog. Taking the survey makes you eligible to win an iPod Shuffle. Since my iPod is broke (I discovered a smashed LCD screen when I went to listen to it on the plane), I could use the Shuffle.

Aaron Brazell

10 Things You Should Know About WordPress 2.1

Back in December of 2005, I was filling in for Darren Rowse at ProBlogger and I wrote an entry that was very highly read and commented on. The topic was 10 Things You Should Know About WordPress 2.0. The occasion was the release of the much-waited for release of the current major release of WordPress (We’re up to 2.0.7 but the “dot releases” have all been security/bugfix releases).

Tomorrow (January 22, 2007), WordPress 2.1 will be released and it signifies the first major release since the 2.0 branch was launched. As is typical of major releases, they do not only address security/bugfixes but they release new functionality.

So in the spirit of the original article, I give you ten things you should know about WordPress 2.1.

Aaron Brazell

I Love the Bay Area

It may not come as a whole heap of a surprise but I love California. I’ve never been to Southern Cal but it strikes me as a little too non-fun for me. It’s full of upper crust people that are so full of themselves that anything less than People Magazine simply won’t do it. I […]