Tag Archives: wordpress

December 4, 2015

Announcing The Direct Link WordPress Plugin

I’ve made a new, ridiculously simple WordPress plugin called Direct link. Ever wished you could make your post titles link to external sites instead of being simple permalinks? Now you can! Download the plugin at wordpress.org/plugins/direct-link (usage instructions can be found here).

Feedback is always welcome. If you want some additional feature or find a bug (this is version 1.0, after all), let me know via the WP forums.

November 23, 2015

Dance to Calypso

An insightful piece by Matt Mullenweg on the balance between maintaining a popular piece of software and adapting to advancements in technology.

Oh, and there’s this, too:

So we asked ourselves a big question. What would we build if we were starting from scratch today, knowing all we’ve learned over the past 13 years of building WordPress? At the beginning of last year, we decided to start experimenting and see.

Today we’re announcing something brand new, a new approach to WordPress, and open sourcing the code behind it. The project, codenamed Calypso, is the culmination of more than 20 months of work by dozens of the most talented engineers and designers I’ve had the pleasure of working with (127 contributors with over 26,000 commits!).

This is precisely the direction I had hoped WordPress would take: a JavaScript frontend (or frontends), communicating with the solid WP core over well-defined APIs.

November 10, 2015

Seventy-Five to Go

People are abuzz because it looks like the W3Techs survey of the web now has WordPress at 25% market share. … The big opportunity is still the 57% of websites that don’t use any identifiable CMS yet, and that’s where I think there is still a ton of growth for us (and I’m also rooting for all the other open source CMSes).

Popular products always have their share of dissenters, but I am proud to be an (extremely small) part of this particular one.

November 3, 2015

REST API merged into WordPress core

As mentioned in the merge proposal, the API comes in two parts: infrastructure and endpoints. In 4.4, the infrastructure is now available as part of core, while the endpoints continue to only be available in the plugin.

You can think of the infrastructure as an “API construction kit”. WordPress 4.4 will make it possible for everyone to build RESTful APIs in a much easier fashion, which will benefit people building custom APIs for their site. The infrastructure handles the routing, argument handling, JSON serialisation/deserialisation, status codes, and all that other lovely REST stuff.

This is a big deal.

October 25, 2015

My Most Popular Tags WordPress plugin has reached the 30,000 download milestone. A humble thank you to everyone who has given it a spin; making something that people find useful is extremely rewarding.

October 14, 2015