Ajaxify Your WordPress Theme

This AjaxWP WordPress extension looks pretty interesting. It adds some AJAX functionality to your existing WordPress theme:

AjaxWp is a lightweight JavaScript enhancement that adds AJAX functionality to WordPress blogs speeding up load times, increasing the responsiveness of the user interface and giving the blog an overall cooler look.

It’s supposed to work, with minimal configuration, right out of the box. This plugin could be interesting, I’m gonna see what it can do this weekend.

[via Weblog Tools Collection]

Om Malik Gets Liberated

Om Malik, the guy behind the GigaOm blog, is setting out on his own. He’s leaving Business 2.0 to create a news related site of his own. Om’s blog, GigaOm, has been one of my daily reads for the last year and a half or more.

It appears Om has raised several hundred thousand dollars from venture capital firm True Ventures.

I’m pretty sure Om will be successful with his new start-up. As you can imagine, I’m not the only one feeling this way.

O’Reilly: “Web 2.0” is Ours

[email protected] is a networking organization for IT professionals. They have an upcoming Web 2.0 half-day conference, which prompted O’Reilly to send a cease and desist letter. O’Reilly is claiming they’ve applied for a trademark for the term “Web 2.0”, attempting to prevent [email protected] from using “Web 2.0” for its conference.

How fucking stupid is that? O’Reilly is a company that tries to appeal to the open source community, trademarking a term that’s been in wide use on the internet for the last 2-3 years is gonna hurt their reputation. O’Reilly claims to have come up with the term “Web 2.0” in 2003 while at the O’Reilly and CMP Web 2.0 Conference. That’s just fine and dandy, but for O’Reilly to do something like this is pretty out of the ordinary for the company. I really don’t care one way or the other, as I’ve mentioned my thoughts on “Web 2.0” before. It’s a marketing ploy, probably developed by O’Reilly. So I say we let em have their silly “Web 2.0” trademark.

OK, so all that went down yesterday. Today, [email protected] received a fax from O’Reilly basically asking them to sign a document saying they’ll no longer use “Web 2.0” at future events. The VP of Corporate Communications at O’Reilly, Sara Winge, had a message posted to the O’Reilly Radar blog about the “Web 2.0” trademark controversy. It’s really pretty lame.

Nice job O’Reilly, you’ve upset a lot of people, a number of whom have been loyal customers for years.

WordPress Widget Plugin

Want to change your WordPress sidebar but don’t wanna edit any code? The WordPress Widgets Plugin is just what you’re looking for.

It made it’s debut on WordPress.com a few months ago and is now being released for public consumption. If everything goes well, it might get included in the next WordPress release.

Widgets are an easy way for you to arrange and rearrange your sidebar to your hearts content without touching a line of code. We first launched WordPress Widgets (WPW) it on WordPress.com a month ago and the response was great. Now we’re ready to release the plugin to the world. If adoption goes well, we’ll consider rolling it into the next version of WordPress.

You can get the plugin here. WordPress Theme Park notes that theme developers will want to try to make their themes work out-of-the-box with this plugin. It’s apparently pretty easy.

WordPress 2.0 Final is Here

I just did an update on my local WordPress subversion trunk and noticed the version had been updated to 2.0. No more release candidate, this is the final 2.0 WordPress release. Not many changes between 2.0-Final and RC3. I think there were maybe a total of 15 files that had any changes to them, if that many.

The WordPress.org site is down for the time being, displaying a message:

Switching servers, please check back in about a half hour. Thanks! – Matt

Probably getting ready to announce WordPress 2.0 on the site. Congratulations to the WordPress team on another fine release.