Jetpack 1.3 has been released, and it now ships with the Grunion Contact Forms plugin, the very same forms plugin that’s running (behind the scenes) on WordPress.com. The update fixes a couple of small bugs as well. You should be able to download it from your Dashboard very soon.
Tim Moore has recently announced the REST API for WordPress.com, which allows you to access the data available on WordPress.com blogs in many new and fun ways, as well build cool applications on top of the platform, leveraging even the latest “dot com” features, such as likes, follows and reblogs.
You’ll absolutely love the Developer Console, which allows you to run real REST API queries directly from your browser. Tim also mentioned that the API will soon be available for self-hosted WordPress users via Jetpack. For more information check out the WordPress.com Developer blog
Who said all WordPress.com blogs have to look the same? Who said you cannot customize your theme unless you’re running self-hosted WordPress? WordPress.com had the Custom Design upgrade for quite some time now, and now it’s suited and booted with CSS3 support: animation, gradients, shadows, transforms and a bunch of other stuff.
You can even make your non-responsive theme into a responsive one, with media queries! Perhaps then share your CSS via the forums with the other “dot com” members.
The CSS editor itself has been upgraded too! Now that we’re using Ace, it’s just like having a desktop code editor in the browser: syntax coloring, auto-indentation, and immediate feedback on the validity of the CSS you’re writing are just a few of its features.
The WordPress.com Custom CSS plugin for self-hosted WordPress users might be getting the updates too, although that’s less exciting, since you were able to edit CSS anyway. A good use case, however, is a multisite environment with no access to sources — the Safe CSS plugin will make sure nobody’s doing anything fuzzy ;)
It’s Friday and it’s time for a WordPress Weekly recap! WordPress.com rolled out four new themes this week, one of which is San Kloud, which is exciting news for Theme.fm, who by the way, launched their new theme store earlier this week as well.
Emil Uzelac launched a free theme called Responsive. You don’t see much CMS-type themes in the repository, so this is exciting, and it’s responsive too, duh! :) Noumaan published a list of themes and plugins based on Twitter’s Bootstrap toolkit. WordPress was rejected from GSoC :(
Vladimir Prelovac shared his experience on how he made $80,000 from a single WordPress plugin, quite a success story. Ryan Imel reported the launch of a certain “WP App Store” by Brad Touesnard. And last, but definitely not least, Sucuri published a great article on understanding the true vulnerability of WordPress.
Tweet of the week:
I feel that if I subscribe to all of the feeds and sites out there for WordPress snippet, I would cry on a regular basis. /cc @kimparsell
— Andrew Nacin (@nacin) March 19, 2012
That’s about it! Let me know if I’ve missed anything important this week, or perhaps something exciting just worth linking to — an article, or a picture, maybe some crazy WordPress video. You might also have noticed some minor UI refreshments on my blog (do you like them?), unless you’re reading it via RSS, in which case, thank you! If you’re not, you can subscribe here. Hope you all have a great weekend!
Good news! WordPress.com rolls out a few terrific badges for achievements, which will keep you motivated, and not only to post more often, but to post quality content, because the new badges are for likes and for followers. Here’s a screenshot of how it looks:
With all those new features introduced on WordPress.com — likes, reblogs, achievements and badges, I’m really loving the social aspect it brings to blogging. I’ve been thinking about moving my blog to WordPress.com for several months now, but I’ll really miss the “dot org” freedom, so I’ll probably stay here for a while ;)
What about you? Would you give up the “freedom” for all the “dot com” goodies introduced this year? Or would you rather wait for Jetpack to bring more goodies to self-hosted WordPress? What’s your favorite “dot com” feature that’s still unavailable in Jetpack?
Time for WordPress Weekly Recap! The first WordPress Meetup in Moscow was held ond Monday morning, next one is planned for April. Posterous was acquired by Twitter, users flee to WordPress.com and self-hosted blogs, yey! My brother Gennady crafted a pingback attack which he was able to use to bring my blog down, ouch!
Jane’s Jitterbug Bakery was funded with over 200 backers and $17,000. Andrew published a post about WordPress and government, called WordPress: So Easy a Congressman Can Do It. Stay tuned to the Google Summer of Code with WordPress in the Codex, you might be able to apply soon. SXSW 2012 is coming to an end, you might like a recap on Mashable.
Anyone got more exciting news this week? :)