Theme.fm Weekly Roundup

Yet another Friday, another Theme.fm Weekly Roundup, and while you’re reading this keep your eyes on the clock, you may have not yet missed 11:11:11 11/11/11 in your timezone. Okay, let’s go ahead and browse over some of the latest happenings and interesting must-reads in the world of WordPress.

And by the way, theoretically this is Weekly Roundup #11 as we had a conjoined #9 and #10 two weeks before.

We start off with Tom Ewer’s 11 Top WordPress Tips From The WPMU Team, which offers 11 short and sweet tips for WordPress users in general (not WPMU specific).

A 20-minute wptuts+ tutorial by Jason Witt shows us how to Load jQuery From Google CDN With Local Fallback For WordPress, who aims to transform this boilerplate:

<script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.6.4/jquery.js"></script>
<script>window.jQuery || document.write("<script src='js/libs/jquery-1.6.4.min.js'>\x3C/script>")</script>

…into something that plays it nice with WordPress conventions, specifically with the fact that you should never hardcode scripts into the head but use wp_enqueue_script instead. The solution relies on checking whether the CDN is available or not with a suppressed @fopen(), although this does not appear to be the best solution, or a solution at all, the amount of good feedback the tutorial received is worth reading into and thinking about, with some participants voting for the removal of the tutorial itself.

And while we’re there, let’s check out PHP for WordPress: Mastering Conditional Statements and Tags by Soumitra Chakraborty, who explains how to use conditional tags within WordPress templates. A very basic tutorial with lots of braces that will get beginners to brush the surface and understand how to write simple conditional code in their WordPress templates and their general concept.

With two simple tutorials skimmed through, you may be thinking “Wow, I can write WordPress tutorials, too…”. And that’s exactly what Scott Meaney over at Smashing Magazine pondered over in his Writing WordPress Guides For The Advanced Beginner. A huge and worthwhile effort made for the future of WordPress tutorials, with lots of great points, examples and motivation.

Dave Donaldson from Max Foundry tells us How to Add Google Web Fonts to Your TinyMCE Editor in WordPress. A clear step-by-step instruction without using any external plugins that boost your TinyMCE with the typefaces of your choice.

ZDNet reported Everything should be open source, says WordPress founder yesterday after the GigaOM RoadMap 2011, where Matt Mullenweg commented on the concepts of open-source, publishing, and doing it all right. A pretty insightful article.

And finally, WordPress.com has a Confirmed 60+ Million Blogs. Way to go!

Well, that’s it for today, let us know what’s worth looking forward to next week via Twitter, keep your eyes on the clock today and don’t forget to subscribe. Thanks for reading, see you soon.