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WordCamp Portland

Jessica will be speaking at WordCamp Portland!

The full schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but the event is

September 18-19 2010 at Webtrends in Portland, OR

Business Blogging for Non-Writers

Learn to make the most of your business blog, even if writing isn’t your strong suit.

http://www.wordcampportland.org/speakers/

Check it out if you are in the area.

Hope to see you there!

South by Southwest

We (well Matt anyway) will be attending SXSWi 2010 again this year down in Austin, TX.

Tons of great talks for WordPress designers.

Hope to see you there!

WordPress 2.9 photo features explained.

WordPress 2.9 includes some new photo manipulation features, basic cropping and the like.

Aaron Hockley, (blogger, photographer and the Tech Editor for our book) has an excellent post walking through some of the upcoming features in WordPress 2.9 on his site Social Photo Talk.

Check out his post on the new WordPress Photo Image Features here.

WordPress won the 2009 Open Source CMS award!

Over on the WordPress blog, Matt Mullenweg announced that WordPress won the 2009 Open Source CMS award. Congratulations to all the hard working folks who make WordPress happen.

Matt’s post about winning the award can be found here.

This is the first time that WordPress has won that award, and I think Matt explained the significance very well.

“Every day thousands of new people are embracing WordPress to power not just their blogs but entire sites and communities without compromising on usability or scalability (as would be the case with a legacy CMS). Every member of the WordPress community, from core developer to beginning user, should be proud to be part of this momentum: congratulations to us all!”

So, congrats to the WordPress team on a well deserved acknowledgment.

-Matt Beck

Our WordPress plugin is up at the codex

Our No wpautop Pages plugin for WordPress (used on this site) is now available through the WordPress Codex.

What this does is really pretty simple.

WordPress uses a built-in function called wpautop, that adds <p> tags and new lines to content that you put into WordPress. On the whole this works great. When you edit a blog post it lets you write it like an email rather than a block of HTML.

But what happens if you want to write your own HTML? Well, you can use the HTML editor obviously, but the content is still run through the wpautop filter before being sent to the browser, which can cause problems.

So we wrote a quick little function that disables wpautop for Pages, but leaves it intact for posts. Best of both worlds for us.

For more information on the plugin, check out the No wpautop Pages plugin page.

Time Lapse Video

This is a time lapse video of a building that was demolished near our office in downtown Portland, Oregon in May, 2008.

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Because, seriously, who doesn’t love Jonathan Coulton?

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