My Wordcamp San Francisco 2008 Notes

WordCamp 2008 – San Francisco

Alan Levine – The Future of Education and WP

SEO Mistakes Most Bloggers Make (Stephan Spencer)

Open Source Business Models (Stephen O’Grady)

LOLCats and the Secret of Virality

  • Presentation –
    • Embed code
      • WordPress analytics tool
      • Ratings by post

WordPress & Microformats: Past, Present, Future – Tantek Celik

  • hcard
  • Operator 0.9.3 for Firefox
  • Coffee near…address
  • Barcamp
  • XFN (there is a XFN 1.1 Creator)
    • WordPress plugin
  • tinyMCE plugin for hcard
  • Also hcard for calendar
  • BuddyPress – Facebook type app
  • Getsatisfaction – Syndicates your profile information on multiple services
  • DiSo

Switching to WordPress Painlessly – (Lloyd Budd)

450 WordPress Power User Tips – (Lorelle VanFossen)

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  • Lorelle on WordPress
  • Analyticator
  • maintenance mode
  • Firefox Greasemonkey scripts for WordPress
  • Reply To From Admin Panel WordPress plugin
  • Absolute comment wordpress plugin
      • Comment Ninja – Engtech
      • Auntie Akismet Comment Spam
      • Google Reader Preview Enhanced
        • – Allows commenting right from Google Reader
      • WordPress meetups
      • Woopra WordPress Plugin

Matt Mullenweg – State of the Word

Get Friendly with BuddyPress – (Andy Peatling)

BuddyPress @ WordCamp

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  • BuddyPress will transform a vanilla installation of WordPress MU into a social network platform.
  • Private messaging
  • Friends
  • Albums – Extending the new WordPress albums feature
  • Status updates – Extending the new WordPress albums feature
  • The Wire – Let other friends or members leave comments on profile pages
  • Extended profiles
  • Personal blog
  • Screenshots –
  • Groups
  • Version 1.0 is due December ’08
  • BuddyPress testdrive –
  • BuddyPress website –
  • SVN –
  • Open data definition
  • RSS
  • Open Social
  • Open ID

GlobalVoices – Democratizing the web through Global Voices (Jeremy Clarke)

An Interview with Om Malik

  • Bandwidth is the new CPU
  • Gigaom Daily –

Riding the Crazyhorse – (Liz Danzico and Jane Wells)

  • Two kinds of people – those who read the manual and those who don’t
  • User focused
    • Solo blogger
    • Poweruser
    • pro Admin
    • consultant
    • Teacher

WordPress 2.6 Downloaded 345,000 Times in 10 Days

“A little while back, we covered the release of WordPress 2.6 here on Open Ended. Since then, we’ve seen an incredible welcome for the newest version of the #1 blogging and content managment system on the internet. Matt Mullenweg, the creator of the open source system, has published a blog post with some astonishing statistics.

  • Since the release, there have been around 23,000 daily downloads – approximately 345,000 total.
  • The tutorial video posted along with the release notes has been viewed over 665,000 times.
  • There are over 201 thousand blogs using 2.6 already, about 9% of all known blogs in 10 days.
  • There have been over 300 themes submitted to the brand new Theme directory, released around the same time as 2.6.
  • In the same period (10 days) there were 579,871 downloads of 2,527 plugins from the official plugin directory.

Matt also mentioned that many users wait for the .1 version after a new upgrade, so he expects to see these statistics to grow even more once 2.6.1 comes out. Only a very small amount of users have reported problems, and this upgrade seems to still be going very smoothly compared to those past. With many large corporations such as CNN and the BBC using WordPress, the CMS that was once an underdog seems to be growing and expanding all the time”