Prologue

We’re fans of Twitter around here, in fact many Automatticians have accounts, but while the format appealed to us it really just whetted our appetite for something more, like a way for each of us to share short messages about what we’re doing or working on internally, or private messages between groups of folks.

Automattician Matt Mullenweg wrote this in the WordPress.com blog, two days before Joseph Scott announced big updates to Prologue. I’ve been using prologue for a few days now, along with Nightgunner5, and we’ve liked it quite a lot. We have two prologues, one is in a secret place on a private server, and the other can be found at llamaslayers.wordpress.com.

Prologue

With Prologue, you answer a simple question and the blog figures the rest out for you, you don’t even need to specify a title, all there is is the content of the post itself. Think of it as a group twitter with no character limit.

It has all the features of a normal blog, simply because it is one. You still have all the core features of WordPress. In fact, all Prologue is is a theme. A template.

Since Prologue is directed towards a different audience than twitter—twitter being for people who want the world to know when they’re eating dinner and Prologue being for programmers (in my experience)—Prologue takes the tags you make on post and calls them projects. It even introduces a new widget, the “Recent Projects” widget, which takes your tags and puts them in order of last posted to.

Prologue, like many other wp.com themes, can be found on the Automattic Subversion Server, and has a header image uploader built right into it.

If you want Prologue, you can download it from the subversion server or get a WordPress.com blog and install the Prologue theme.

Gravatar

I have implemented an avatar system into the blog. Since Automattic has aquired Gravatar, as soon as they have all of their setup done, all the WordPress.com users will have avatars on this blog. If anyone abuses this feature, I will ban them from the blog and delete all of their offending comments.

I’ve implemented this feature using PhotoMatt.net‘s two-lines-of-php method.

So, what are you waiting for? If you want an avatar on this site, go here and create one, my blog will do the rest of the work to get it.

P.S.  I implemented something else that has to do with comments, you get a cookie if you guess it!

WordPress 2.3

 

The past 3 months we’ve been working feverishly on the next version of WordPress, 2.3. Today we’re releasing the first beta of 2.3 and we’re hoping the more adventurous and savvy among you will help us test it.

Some of the features of 2.3 include plugin and core update notification, built-in tags support, faster javascript, and SEO-friendly URL redirection.

However all of the new functionality is still very rough, so only test the beta if you are comfortable troubleshooting PHP issues, filing tickets, and backing up your data religiously. If you’re interested you can join the wp-testers mailing list and download the beta here.

Although this blog will not be put into the beta version, I think that the new features (in bold) are awesome. I would very much like to be notified for core updates, the ability to use tags will be awesome and faster is always better. Search engines aren’t bringing an overly impressive amount of people to the site so I guess that the final feature outlined in the quote is a good one too.

You can find the article that I quoted from here.