Andrew Nacin posted http://wordpress.org/development/2010/07/100-million/ about, how the community is growing in wordpress.org and promises time for developing. Now plugin developers are especially targeted too. I think this is very awesome, as I’ve been thinking to begin plugin developement too, because many custom needs come accross so often. I think it’s also quite safe to say that continuity of plugin developement is essential for WP to sustain its position and grow steadily.
One thing I’ve wished for long time to the plugin catalog in wordpress.org, is better support and a better community info about the plugins. If I understood corectly they are going to do just that. It will also help developers to find bugs easier and give others possibility to share knowledge about how they use a certain plugin.
Hope we can see the update soon
I got this idea from Risto who asked me on Facebook, if I’m posting manually about new posts on WordPress. I assume that by now Risto is using this plugin for WP too.
Let’s introduce the Wordbook application. Here is a link for the plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordbook/. Application is very easy to install and use, needless to say that you have to give your Facebook information to the plugin and allow it’s operation. Plugin uses Facebook API to communicate with WP, and as you finalize the install it redirects you to Facebook so that you can get an authorization code for the communication. Ultimately it’s faster then Facebook RSS fetch. One of the significant limitations in current version (0.15.7) is that you’re able to post one article in 24 hours. There is no way to adjust this without going to MySQL. The reason for this limitation is to prevent flooding/spamming to Facebook.
Program is very new and has a lot of limitations and it will not work allways, one thing it will not do is to post password protected posts, which is quite obvious. Sometimes Facebook might just not work and that is something the plugin cannot affect. The plugin has proven to be very popular though it’s still in developement. I will follow how it works and write more about the user experience and how many times it has failed.
Here are the stats for the plugin (captured6.3.2010). Click the image to see stats in full size. Thats it for this time, feel free to express yourself in the comments.
WordPress | Suomi
WordPress is now available in Finnish. I’ve been waiting forf this thoug the translation of the WP Codex in Finnish has just started this is good step towards Finnish audience. I think it will take at least a year from here to get it working well, but still it won’t replace the resources in English. Will this increase the use of WordPress in Finland? Maybe it increases awareness for people interested.
Also the newest version(2.9.1) of WordPress is tranlated in Finnish and is available to download. Maybe I’ll be doing some tutorials in Finnish for WordPress to increase the awareness on my behalf.