Weekend Wrap-Up: September 22, 2013

Core Updates, Standard goes Woo, Countdown to WordCamp


It’s been a couple of weeks since our last wrap-up post, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been sitting around doing nothing!

As always, we’ve been keeping busy with work on our Sidekick for WordPress plugin. Here are the other things we’ve been keeping tabs on:

WordPress Core Update: 3.6.1

This is a bug and security-related maintenance release that all WordPress users should be running. You can grab full details on what the update covers from the WordPress.org blog post and trac tickets.

Post Forking in WordPress

This new plugin takes the principles of forking code (or version control) and applies it to writing:

WordPress Post Forking allows users to “fork” or create an alternate version of content to foster a more collaborative approach to WordPress content curation. This can be used, for example, to allow external users (such as visitors to your site) or internal users (such as other authors) with the ability to submit proposed revisions. It can even be used on smaller or single-author sites to enable post authors to edit published posts without their changes appearing immediately.

You can grab the Post Forking plugin from the WordPress plugin directory. WP Tavern  has a great write-up as well that’s worth a read.

Standard goes to WooThemes

Standard, a popular publisher-oriented theme for WordPress, was discontinued when parent company 8BIT closed their doors.

Luckily the team at WooThemes came to the rescue to save Standard:

We realised pretty quickly that we couldn’t sit back and let Standard Theme die. Thus, we decided to approach John and the 8bit team with a plan to take over Standard Theme and look after it for at least the next year (up to WordPress version 4.0). We feel this move will be a great benefit to the many users of Standard Theme and will overall be a pivotal move for the WordPress community to ensure Standard Theme is bug-free and compatible with the upcoming WordPress releases.

It looks like this is purely a support play, though. The theme will not be available through the WooThemes website, and the old Standard Theme domain redirects to the WooThemes homepage. For now, I think it’s safe to assume we won’t see new licenses of Standard being sold any time soon.

Countdown to WordCamp Toronto 2013

WordCamp Toronto 2013 @ Humber College is only a couple of weeks away!

Our entire team is involved — we’re organizing, sponsoring, and speaking at the event — and we’re all very excited for it. Two full days of sessions, workshops, and panels makes this the biggest WordCamp that Toronto has ever hosted. $30 gets you a ticket for the entire weekend, including the Saturday night after-party.

WordPress Mobile App for iOS 7

An updated version of the WordPress iOS app is now available:

The app now uses the Open Sans typeface, the open-source font that works so well on WordPress.com. We also updated all the colors, bringing a brighter, fresher feel to the app experience. (And while we were at it, we fixed a few pesky bugs.) We think you’ll find the new app experience cheerful, consistent, and intuitive.

The app is compatible with iOS 6 and above. You can get it in the app store.

WordPress for iOS 7

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