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The new version 2.8 of WordPress called “Baker” has been officially released for download. WordPress 2.8 represents a nice fit and finish release for WordPress with improvements to themes, widgets, taxonomies and overall speed. In the new version there were over 790 bugs fixed from the previous release. Visually WordPress 2.8 feels a lot like the previous 2.7, with just with some minor tweaks here and there…


First and foremost, WordPress 2.8 is way faster to use because of a lot of changes in the way it does style and scripting. There is also an automatic updated for themes much like the core and plugins updates introduced in the previous version. If you make edits or tweaks to themes or plugins from your dashboard, you’ll appreciate the new CodePress editor which gives syntax highlighting to the previously-plain editor. Also there is now contextual documentation for the functions in the file you’re editing linked right below the editor. The widgets interface has been completely redesigned in order to make them even more usable and straightforward even for new WordPress users. Finally you should explore the new Screen Options on every page in order to utilize all the available space on your high-resolution widescreen display.

Download WordPress Version 2.8 Baker
For a full list of new features of WordPress 2.8

If you are making a personal weblog where only you’ll be the author it is quite easy to embed Google AdSense Ads in your WordPress theme. But if you have a blog with multiple authors it becomes harder to track the revenues and share it among all the people. But there is a better alternative to do that with the help of a single WordPress plugin called AdShare…

By using the AdShare WordPress Plugin you can easily and quickly embed a code to show AdSense Ads from different publishers (your authors AdSense accounts) without without having to make heavy modifications to your blog. By using the AdShare plugin when a visitor opens your blog and reads a post by one author he’ll see AdSense Ads from his account and if an Ad is being clicked the revenue will go to the author. This will make it easier for you to attract new authors for your blog and at the same time stimulate all writers to improve their articles, because better articles attract more visitors and generate bigger revenue. So basically you are in a win-win situation – your authors are happy and your visitors are happier… ;)


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Have in mind that the AdShare plugin requires WordPress version 2.7+ so your blog’s software should be up to date. After you upload and activate the plugin you’ll have to configure it going to Settings / AdShare. You’ll just have to define the default AdSense ID that will be used when an author cannot be determined – this should be your ID as the owner/creator of the blog. Then you need to enter the AdSense IDs for all your authors usernames and as the tird and last option you can choose to support the plugin by showing ADs with the plugin author’s AdSense ID. If you activate the support option about 2% of all show Google ADs will be to support the author so he’ll be able to continue to develop the plugin, but you are not required to.

When you configured all the IDs in the settings of the plugin you’ll need to modify your Blog’s template and to be more exact the Google AdSense code that you might’ve already placed or are going to insert. You need to change only the google_ad_client variable from it’s static value with a dynamic one that will be different according to the circumstances.

The standard value that looks like this:
google_ad_client = "pub-#########";

Needs to be replaced like this:
google_ad_client = "<?php global $pubid; echo $pubid; ?>";

If you are going to dynamically insert Google ads in your widgets or posts that are not going to be defined in the template files you’ll have to replace the above code with the following:
google_ad_client = "[pubid]";

Download the AdShare WordPress Plugin…

Apple’s iPhone mobile phone and iPod touch music player have become some of the most popular mobile devices used for internet browsing when you are on the go. The convenience of having a portable device such as the iPhone and iPhone 3G with GPRS, EDGE or high-speed 3G internet connection almost everywhere is great and the availability of a WiFi on the iPhone and iPod touch is quite useful. And when you combine that convenience with a high-resolution display and great mobile browser such as Safari along with the smooth multi-touch screen control you get the perfect mobile internet device…

And even if the iPhone and iPod touch have a great browsing capabilities for normal websites it is always a good idea to make some effort in order to provide your visitors with a better mobile version of your blog. This way the browsing can be made a lot convenient and easier not having to rely on zooming in and out and believe me your visitors with iPhone and iPod touch will appreciate that. The good news is that there are some very helpful plugins already available for WordPress that will make the addition of an iPhone and iPod touch mobile version as simple as uploading and activating them. The specialized mobile theme will be shown only to visitors using an iPhone or iPod touch by recognizing the User Agent string of these devices. This way your visitors with desktop or mobile computers using browsers such as Internet Explorer, FireFox, Opera, Chrome, Safari and so on will see the normal theme of the blog and not the mobile optimized one.


1. WPtouch Mobile Plugin and Theme

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WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-like experience when viewed from an iPhone or iPod touch. It comes complete with ajax & effects, and all the standard WordPress blog features: search, login, categories, tags, archives, photos & more. WPtouch also allows for near-complete customization through your WordPress admin. There’s an option in the footer on WPtouch for your users to easily switch between the WPtouch view and your site’s regular appearance. It’s that easy and there is even a piece of code added into your current theme which will be shown only to iPhone/iPod/Android visitors, giving them control to switch between the two site themes easily. WPtouch requires your blog to have WordPress 2.3 or higher version installed.

Download WPtouch Mobile Plugin and Theme


2. iWPhone WordPress Plugin and Theme

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The iWPhone WordPress Plugin and Theme automatically reformats your blog’s content for optimized viewing on Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch. It detects the iPhone/iPod touch’s User Agent and serves up the content with the special theme only to iPhone and iPod touch visitors, all other browsers will view your WordPress blog with your current theme. While the iPhone and iPod touch do an amazing job of displaying web pages the way they were designed to be seen, often visitors want quick access to your website’s content. The “iWPhone WordPress Plugin and Theme” displays an optimized version of your blog’s content, formatted perfectly to fit the iPhone/iPod touch’s screen – no zooming in to read the content is necessary. iWPhone requires at least WordPress version 2.0.4 in order to function correctly and an iPhone or iPod touch for viewing.

Download iWPhone WordPress Plugin and Theme


3. WordPress PDA & iPhone Plugin and Theme

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Wordpres PDA plugin enables you to have a Wordpres blog viewable for PDA and iPhone browsers with special and optimized formatting. It is really simple plugin which detects the browser agent and loads a simple theme on fly. The plugin comes with a theme folder which acts like normal theme with all the functionality of Wordpres theme. The plugin doesn’t have any advanced option to control, so if you want to customize you can do it with the theme files. Installation of the plugin is simple and straightforward, you need to just extract the files in you Wordpres plugins folder and then to activate the plugin in the admin section. Once you activate the plugin you will not be seeing any magic in your admin menus or any trace of this plugin. To see this plugin in action you’ll have to browse your site using a PDA or and iPhone.

Download WordPress PDA & iPhone Plugin and Theme


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