WordCamp US Recap #wcus

WordCamp US took place on December 4 – 6, 2015 right here in my hometown Philadelphia, PA.  It was the biggest WordCamp ever with over 1,800 attendees and this also marked the 10th anniversary of WordCamp.

Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of WordPress and each year he gives his “State of the Word” address to the community. Here are some of the incredible things he announced and what they mean for brave bloggers like you and me.

New Version of WordPress

WordCamp US RecapWordPress 4.4 arrives on Tuesday Dec. 8th and Matt introduced us to Scott Taylor the lead developer for over 800 contributors. Here are a few of the highlights he mentioned:

  • Improvements to performance of comments
  • Pretty links for all images and other media
  • Phase one of the REST API (application program interface) which will eventually replace XML-RPC and modernize the way people consume data on your site – currently being used on the New York Times
  • 2016 Theme which has a “mobile first” approach and very good responsive design and responsive images
  • oEmbed for WordPress – allows a rich preview of your blog when someone links to it

For the super geeky podcast listeners and blog readers, check out Scott's presentation on SlideShare WordPress 4.4 and Beyond

Calypso App for WordPress

A single interface to manage all your WordPress.com or Jetpack-enabled sites, built with the latest web technologies and used by millions of people — and now it's open source.

You can download Calypso for Mac and of course the PC and Linix versions are coming soon. Calypso lets you manage multiple WordPress blogs from a unique desktop app. Watch the Introduction to Calypso video now:

In the video you'll see how you can access multiple WordPress blogs to do the following:

  • Write blog posts
  • Edit blog posts
  • Add and remove guest authors
  • Update Menus
  • Manage plugins and auto updates

Milestones Release Date

Milestones: The Story of WordPress is a book that has been in the works and Matt announced the release date for the first iteration is this coming Friday December 11th.

Closing words from Matt Mullenweg was for everyone to go out and learn javascript!

More info can be found at WPTavern. Watch Matt Mullenweg's State of the Word on WordPess.tv

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