These numbers are somewhat affected by one organization, the NY Times, having seven blogs on the list and another organization, Wired, having three blogs on the list. That said, no one can doubt that the trend for WordPress has been an upward one.
The following chart is from Pingdom.com.
And here’s a list comparing last year’s results and this year’s results.
BuddyPress 1.7 is finally here! Rumor has it that the BuddyPress core devs are mainly powered by pie, so every new major BuddyPress release has a pizza theme. This release is dubbed “Totonno” to honor a legendary pizza joint in Brooklyn.
The exciting new world of Theme Compatibility
In the past you may have paid a pretty penny to get your WordPress theme compatible with BuddyPress. Even with the help of the BP Template Pack, you had to be able to manipulate the markup and CSS of your theme to make it look right. Those days are over, friends. BuddyPress now fits seamlessly into any WordPress theme.
With brand new BuddyPress installations you’ll notice that that the setup process is now totally automated and the installation wizard has been removed. Now all you have to do is activate the plugin and you’re ready to roll. You’ll also notice the new About and Credits pages that help you to stay on top of what’s new and who to thank for it.
How To Update to BuddyPress 1.7
The BuddyPress development team has made it so that you can easily update your site even if you’re running ancient old BuddyPress 1.5. If you have previously been using the BP Template Pack for making your theme compatible with BuddyPress, you’ll be happy to know that this plugin is no longer necessary. The BP Codex has a specific process for you to follow for upgrading “Template Packed” themes. Before upgrading it would be a good idea to review the BuddyPress 1.7 theme compatibility information to get a solid understanding of the new approach to templating.
Enjoy this new release, fresh from the oven. You can download it today from wordpress.org or via your site’s dashboard. Many thanks to the BuddyPress development team and all of the contributors for their tireless work on this awesome new release.
TL;DR: This is the best offer on the best set of SEO tools you’ll ever see.
And it doesn’t last forever… in fact it only lasts until the end of this month – scroll down or watch the video to find out more.
So, you set out on a journey.
You don’t get to where you want to be with nothing but luck. You can’t just back out of your driveway and start taking random roads, hoping you’ll end up at your planned destination.
You need a little help along the way. You need road signs and a map. Or better yet, you need a good GPS.
If one of your goals for your website is search engine or social media traffic, then SEOmoz is a little like that GPS. It calculates where you are in relation to where you want to be, and it helps you get there. Take a wrong turn, and it pipes up. Get on the right road again, and it lets you know that too.
And while SEOmoz may not tell you these things in a sexy, robotic voice, it will help you get the rankings you seek.
That’s why we personally use SEOmoz … and have for years.
A Special Offer For You
As your WordPress team, we work hard to help you build the best WordPress sites you can. A great site without traffic, however, is pointless. And so today we’d like to help you get that traffic too. We’ve talked to our friends at SEOmoz, and they have agreed to give WPMU fans 75 days of their awesome PRO Service for FREE.
Heck, we’re that excited about it that we’re going to embed this video twice to make sure you watch it
But this isn’t all about fancy animations, we genuinely have been using the heck outta moz ever since James signed up years ago, here’s what we’ve been looking at.
How SEOmoz Helps Us
In addition to the great educational information available from SEOmoz, one of the greatest benefits to a PRO membership is access to great tools.
We’ll go over a few of the most important tools and resources briefly and then give you a little look into a few of those tools as well.
Tools & Resources
Link Research & Analysis – Keep an eye on your competition’s links. Inspect anchor text. Spot link opportunities. Get social activity data. And more.
Twitter Analytics – Study your followers and dissect data. Find top influencers. Connect with people in your niche. We recently used this to determine when our audience was tweeting the most, giving us a better time frame for releasing posts so we get more shares. We also use this to discover our most influential followers. Knowing this information is valuable for building powerful relationships.
Rank Tracking – Monitor your site’s position in the major search engines.
On-Page Optimization – Get grades on your pages’ SEO on-page effectiveness.
SEO Web Crawler – Make sure your site is optimized and accessible to search engines. Get information on problems that could be holding your site down.
Lab Tools – Somewhat like Google Labs, this section offers exciting new tools to take out for a test drive. Current lab tools include the Competitive Link Research Tool for finding where your competition is getting link juice but you aren’t. And next there’s the Link Acquisition Assistant – a tool to help you find brand new link opportunities.
Other Tools — In addition to the tools above, there are also two more older tools that are no longer supported; however, that doesn’t mean they’ve lost their value: 1. Historical Pagerank Checker for finding a page’s Pagerank – both past and present, and 2. Top 500 – a list of top 500 domains and pages according to SEOmoz.
Training Webinars – Twice a month training webinars not only give you an SEO education, they let you interact with professional SEOs.
Q&A Forum – Ask questions and engage with others who are serious about SEO. No off-the-wall high-schoolers shooting their mouth off about SEO here (unlike other places you may find on the web).
Comprehensive Q&A Database – Get access to an enormous database of SEO knowledge.
Advanced Online Marketing Guides – Beginner to Advanced online marketing guides with info and advice from SEO pros.
Of course you may have your favorites, but here are a few of the tools we really like. There’s so much available in each, however, that even if you find you like the same ones we do, there’s a good chance you may like them for a different reason. And, like us, you may find yourself liking a particular aspect of one tool one day, and then discovering you can’t live without a another aspect of the same tool the next day.
Open Site Explorer
The Open Site Explorer is the place to track both your own backlinks as well as your competitors’. It’s also the place to get link data, examine top pages, and get advanced reports.
Below is a peek into our account to give you an idea of some of the sections there.
Fresh Web Explorer
The Fresh Web Explorer lets you track your brand mentions in order to get the most relevant new results.
And finally, we come to campaign tracking, where you can set up different campaigns and get a host of information — rankings for keywords, crawl diagnostics, on-page optimization scores, link analysis, traffic data, and info on your social media footprint (as well as your competitors’, of course).
Sign Up For Free
As we mentioned, this 75-day special offer is completely free. There are no contracts, and you can cancel at any time. And so with a deal like that, you might think the most obvious question is What’s to lose?
But it’s not.
When you’re dealing with your business, the best question to ask is What’s to gain? As you can plainly see, the answer is A LOT.
The popular Posterous blogging service is shutting down on April 30, 2013. Now is the time to move your Posterous site to WordPress. Don’t worry, this process doesn’t have to be a pain in the ass. In fact, we’ve created a plugin that makes it very simple, no matter how large your Posterous import may be.
Our Posterous Importer Advanced plugin is a free migration tool for Posterous blogs. This is the best and most advanced Posterous importer available. Not only does it import posts, comments, tags, and attachments, it also grabs embeds and audio so you don’t lose any of your media.
How To Get Your Posterous Site Backup File
You don’t have to have be technically inclined in order to move your site to WordPress. Just follow these simple instructions outlined by Posterous to get your WXR backup file:
How To Migrate Your Site From Posterous To WordPress
Moving your content into WordPress can be done in two easy steps.
Step 1: Add the Posterous Importer Advanced Plugin to WordPress
First, install the Posterous Importer Advanced plugin. (Email support and ask for the plugin to be activated) This will only work with self-hosted WordPress installations. Most hosting companies have a quick install that you can use to get WordPress up and running with one click.
After you have a basic install up and running, go to Dashboard >> Plugins >> Add New and install the Posterous Importer Advanced plugin.
Step 2: Import Your Posterous Content Into WordPress
After the plugin is activated, you’ll find the importer at Tools >> Import.
Click on Posterous. Now you can upload the WXR (.xml) file you got when you backed up your Posterous site.
Now, relax while all your content is automatically imported. Congratulations, you’ve successfully migrated your Posterous site and entered the world of WordPress!
Important Notice: After April 30th, Posterous is shutting down its API and this plugin will no longer work.
Posterous Importer Advanced has been added to our growing list of free plugins in the WordPress plugin repository. We’ve tested this plugin extensively with our Edublogs network and have made a number of changes to make sure it is optimized to scale to very large imports. Get your site migrated before it’s too late!
Every BuddyPress site has different requirements for how users should be able to connect. The built-in friendship functionality of BuddyPress is not appropriate for every social network. This is especially true for professional networks. In many instances you may want to replace the friendship component with followers instead. Luckily, there’s a plugin that does that for you.
The BuddyPress Follow plugin is what you’re looking for. It allows members to follow other membersactivity and has just been updated to be compatible with BuddyPress 1.7. The plugin adds a new activity stream tab, follow/unfollow buttons to member profiles and a new tab to display the users following/followers in the members page along with total counts.
What are the differences between Friends and Followers?
Friending and following are very similar but have one main difference. Following does not have to be reciprocated, whereas friendship must be approved by both parties. Following works just the same way the Follow button works on Twitter.
Please note that it is not recommended to have the native friends component turned on when using the followers plugin. This would probably cause confusion to users who may not know the difference. If you want to change your BuddyPress site to use followers instead of friends, install the BuddyPress Follow plugin, available for free in plugin repository.