Redirecting MT Entries

Posted March 29, 2004 by Alex King. Filed under Development, Switchers.

I’ve posted a single entry template for MoveableType that you can use to republish your MT archives and have them all redirect to the corresponding entries you’ve imported into WordPress.


If you’re inspired to take this and create other templates (archives, etc.) feel free to send them my way and I’ll include them in the distribution.

The Man Behind the Antlers

Posted March 27, 2004 by Ryan Boren. Filed under Interviews, Newsletter.

Haven’t we all wondered about, NuclearMoose at some point or other? He’s all over the forums, he’s just done an incredible job with a preliminary table of contents for the wiki, and he’s created most of the great WordPress holiday logos seen in the header (among many other things). I mean, who IS this guy? And where does he find the time?

Well, a couple of weeks ago I set out to find the ‘real’ NuclearMoose. I emailed him a few questions, to which he promptly responded.

Here then, is Craig Hartel, otherwise known as NuclearMoose…kind of live and completely uncensored!
Read on for more »

Wiki Update

Posted by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Meta.

Everything with the Wiki has been fixed up. It actually wasn’t a problem with the wiki software we use, PHPWiki, it was a glitch in mmcache. As always, if you notice anything funky feel free to email me or post on the forums.

What's Wrong With the Wiki?

Posted March 26, 2004 by Ryan Boren. Filed under Newsletter.

Just a quick note: there’s been a few posts in the forums today about the Wiki being down. Matt is aware of the problem and has been working to resolve it.

See this post for more information.

New Feature: Post Meta-Data

Posted March 24, 2004 by Dougal Campbell. Filed under Development.

In the CVS development code, and the March 24 nightly build, there is a new feature: Post Meta-Data, or “Post Custom Data”. This allows you to attach arbitrary bits of information to a post using key/value pairs. You may have have seen blogs before where every post has something like “mood: happy” or “currently listening to: Linkin Park — Numb”. This can be done with Post Custom.

Though I’ve put in a rudimentary template tag, the_meta(), to display post meta-data, we expect that the real power of this feature will come to light in the form of new plugins. Plugin authors will be able to go beyond the simple ability to store static information such as the song you are currently listening to, or books that you are reading. For example, you might be blogging about your exercise goals, with a weekly post about how many miles you’ve jogged. A plugin could allow you to display a dynamic tally of “total miles jogged this year”, calulated from all of your “miles-this-week” entries.

You can find more details in the PostMeta page on the WordPress Wiki.

Download Link Fixed

Posted March 22, 2004 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Releases.

Thanks to those who wrote in about the link going to the old release, that has been fixed now.


Posted March 17, 2004 by Dougal Campbell. Filed under Development.

I’ve just committed some more fixes for the XML-RPC blog API interfaces into CVS. If you are testing WordPress code from CVS or nightly builds, and you have had trouble posting to WordPress with your favorite blog client in the past, give it another try.

Please post your results in the support forums.

The Unofficial Five Kingdoms

Posted by Ryan Boren. Filed under Newsletter.

Of WordPress Hackdom, that is.

There are so many requests for hacks of various sorts that I thought it might be helpful to list some of the most useful sites. ‘Useful’ is subjective, of course, but I have attempted to list the most comprehensive sites.

Please note that all hacks do not work with all versions of WP!

  1. The hacks section of the Wiki should be your first stop. This is the most extensive listing of WordPress hacks currently available.
  2. MtDewVirus’ world-famous hacks (including various incarnations of his Archives hack) can be found here.
  3. Laughing Lizard’s Weblog Tools Collection contains many unique WP hacks, as well aspiring to be the definitive source for various helpful blog utilities.
  4. GamerZ’s hacks section contains some great stuff, including WP Stats, WP Polls, and WP WAP, among others.
  5. Swing by Chris Davis’ joint for some cool hacks, like his Creative Commons hack, and a live preview for comments.
  6. Alex King, WP developer extraordinaire, also has some great stuff on his site, including the Incredibly Amazing CSS Style Switcher.

There are many other great sites out there. This list is only intended to start you on your journey. And, apparently, to demonstrate my inability to count to six.

Happy hacking!

In case you haven't heard…

Posted March 14, 2004 by Ryan Boren. Filed under Newsletter.

Version 1.0.2 is now available for download from Sourceforge. This is only a bugfix release, and contains no new features.

Here’s the Changelog.

About the upcoming plugin architecture:

From Matt:

WordPress is moving toward a more robust plugin system that will make distributing and installing plugins or hacks easier than ever. In 1.2 there will be a new folder called wp-content/plugins. To install a plugin you simply drop the file the plugin-writer provides into that folder. You then go to the “Plugins” section of your administration and activate that particular plugin. You may or may not need to modify your template to take advantage of the new plugin; the author will provide instructions for that.

More on plugins from a developer perspective later.

A Brief Introduction

Posted March 13, 2004 by Ryan Boren. Filed under Newsletter.

A couple of weeks ago, I replied to this post in the forums. This past Thursday, I was informed by Matt that because I was the best-looking most qualified of all the candidates, he was offering me the position of informally reporting on the WordPress scene, should I choose to take it. Obviously, I did, and here I am.

In case you’re wondering who I am, let me briefly introduce myself. My name is Cena Mayo, I’m from the Great State of Louisiana (USA), and I’ve been using WordPress since July, 2003. I never used b2, and my only prior experience with open-source CMS/blog scripts came from a frustrating year spent within the PostNuke camp. As great as WordPress is, I’ve discovered that trying out the various hacks, templates, and updating it to the latest CVS on a daily basis doesn’t do much towards producing actual, y’know, content.

But enough about me. What we’re going to be doing here (for the time being) is updating the devblog regularly with more informal content such as useful tips, interviews, interesting forum threads, announcements, and the like. If there’s anything you’d like to see addressed, opinions, corrections, or other errata, feel free to email me at

Please note that email may be published unless explicitly requested otherwise.

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