Google Fonts Directory & Font API

Google Font Directory

Not long ago, I wrote a post about how one can utilize font web services like Typekit & Fontmeup to improve the typography of the webpages. Although, in order to utilize the actual power of these services one needs to shell out money from their pockets. Well, in order to fight the issues of improving the typography of the web pages, Google has come up with Google Font Directory. This is made possible with the help of CSS3 that allows web designers to use fonts that are stored on the web.

Prior to this, we were using WP Cufón, a WordPress plugin that lets you use the Cufon technique to display various fonts on the web page with the help of javascript. If you are interested in knowing the working behind Cufon then check out this link. However, with the launch of Google Font API, one can easily use the fonts available in the Google Font Directory. Thanks to Adrian, who has created WP Google Fonts, a WordPress plugin already using the Font API. We are currently running this plugin to improve the headings [h1, h2, h3....] of our posts and pages.

WordPress 3.0 RC1 is out! Expect the final version soon

WordPress 3.0 - The ultimate one!

WordPress 3.0 - The Ultimate One!

Last week, WordPress 3.0 RC1 was released. RC1 is supposed to be almost the final product where the bugs are generally not available. You can take version RC1 as the last step towards releasing the stable version. Well, it stable enough that it may get released as the final version, however with more than 20 million people using WordPress, it is a possibility that there may be more bugs that can be reported. We’ve already discussed about the upcoming and much awaited features like Custom Menus, improved custom post types, merger of WordPress MU as mult-site in WordPress 3.0, so I wonder if its necessary to talk about it again?

Although, If you are testing the RC and come across a bug, you can:

Happy BirthDay WordPress!

Cake with WordPress Logo

On 27th May, WordPress turned 7! I’ve been late in wishing WordPress a happy birthday! Although, I did read somewhere – Its Better to be late than never! And I’m still wondering that what would be the apt gift for this occasion, may be you can suggest me something!

Its been 7 years and WordPress has grown from  b2/cafelog fork into a powerful CMS that is competing with the likes of Drupal, Joomla and other established content management systems. I’m sure writing this blog post would have been nostalgic for Matt. He shared that there are more than 1500 developers who are actively contributing in the development of WordPress and I must say that its an achievement! Motivating people to contribute together and to build a master piece like WordPress is really a commendable job and they all deserve millions of thanks from every WordPress user.

I remember that how I liked Blogger over WordPress in its early days, however as it was embraced by developers and I learnt new stuff, I realized that if I want to be a professional blogger, then it has to be WordPress and nothing else! Aha! not only for Matt, its kinda nostalgic for me too :)

I would like to once again wish Matt, team Automattic, those 1500 developers, plugin developers, theme developers [;)], those who use WordPress, those who spread the word about WordPress, in fact anyone who loves WordPress for making this a success!

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Nearly a month is left before long awaited and much talked about WordPress 3.0 comes out. However, we are seeing a flurry posts on WordPress 3.0. Most of the bloggers are writing about this upcoming master piece, so I thought that I should write something about WordPress 3.0 too as Beta 1 has already been released. There are lot of new features in this release and I thought a small walkthrough won’t be bad!

Video for the Lazy Fellows!

Highlight Features of WordPress 3.0

  • New menu management feature – This feature will let users to build custom menus with ease. This feature was released as a plugin by WooThemes guys for their own framework, however after Automattic approached them, they allowed them to integrate this feature in WordPress 3.0. Isn’t that generous?
  • Improved custom post types, custom taxonomies including hierarchical support – As WordPress becomes the top choice in CMSes, it is getting lot of features that are focused towards easier and better management of content. Custom Post types and custom taxonomies will make things easier for WordPress consultants to customize the websites easily. Learn more about Custom Post Types in WordPress 3.0 over here.
  • Focus on Themes – New theme “Twenty Ten” will be the only default theme in WordPress. Kubrick & Classic themes will be removed although they’ll be available in the WordPress themes extend. Other than the shuffle of the themes, coders can also rejoice as they’ll get improved child theme support and a feature where bloggers and web admins will be able to update all the themes in one go. We
  • Standalone WordPress and WPMU code merged – So if you want multiple blogs on a single WordPress installation then it surely won’t be problem. You can configure WordPress 3.0 to host multiple blogs as sub-directory or sub-domain. If you are interested in using multiple domains on single WordPress installation then don’t forget to check out Domain Mapping Plugin by Donncha, lead WPMU developer. There is much more comprehensive guide on how to create blog network with WordPress 3.0 over here.

I’m sure now you’ll be convinced that you’d want to upgrade to WordPress 3.0 right away, however it won’t be available till next month i.e. May 2010. Although there are few other things that have changed in WordPress 3.0 and lets have a look at them -

Other Important Features in WordPress 3.0

1. Choose username & password at installation – As we have already discussed that keeping “admin” as the username is not cool but it makes life easier for hackers. To avoid this, WordPress 3.0 will let you choose your desired username during installation itself! Thanks WP Cookies for the image.

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2. Custom Backgrounds made easy – WordPress 3.0 will support custom background for themes. By adding only 1 line of code in functions.php of the theme, users will be able to change the background of the blog with lot of ease! This means that any user will be able to literally change the look of their blog in couple of clicks.

3. Introducing Super Admin – Till now, “Administrator” role was the top user and it was able to do all the tasks. However, now there is a new user role i.e. “Super Administrator”. This new user role will be able to manage everything from individual blog features to multi-site features.

Well, there are hell lot of new additions or changes that anyone would love to list in a blog post, however its practically impossible to do so. Some are even way too difficult to explain – however those who are interested in the nitty gritty of the development can head over here and check out the current development process.

I must say that I’m UBER EXCITED about the release of WordPress 3.0. One of the key reason is that WordPress 3.0 will help theme & plugin developers a lot. Its shaping up as a mature CMS and it certainly helps us in faster development. You won’t believe, I literally wish every day that it gets released ASAP! What are your thoughts about WordPress 3.0? Will it be able to compete with Drupal anytime in near future?

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