WordPress 2.7 Released

About two weeks ago, the WordPress team released version 2.7 “Coltrane.” The administration area has been completely revamped. The dashboard in the admin panel puts a lot more at your fingertips, and the navigation menu in the admin panel makes a lot more sense, now.

Another great feature, which I’m testing right now, is the “QuickPress.” “QuickPress” allows you to quickly and easily post a blog item directly from the admin dashboard.

Another nice new feature in 2.7 is the plugin manager. You can now search and install plugins directly from within the admin area. If you can’t find the plugin you want by searching from the admin panel, you can also download the ZIP file from the WordPress Web site and use the admin interface to upload the ZIP file and automatically install the extension.

Check it out at http://www.wordpress.org/

Creating Print Style Sheets

As CSS becomes more and more popular and Web designers are using it more and more to develop the look of their Web sites, browsers are causing more and more problems when trying to print Web pages. CSS styles do not always translate nicely when printed. Some browsers actually freeze or crash when using specific CSS style definitions.

The Ideal Way to Sort Music

This is intended to be an open letter to all development teams working on media player software (from open-source all the way up to big companies like Microsoft).

Following is an outline of the ideal way to sort music by default. I know I can’t be alone in feeling this way (though I probably am one of the few that actually organizes his physical musical collection the same way), yet it seems to be the last feature any media player includes.

  1. Sort everything by artist name
    1. Sort albums by release year
      1. Finally, sort individual songs by track number

If two albums exist by the same artist, then you can sort them in alphabetical order.

Most importantly, you should have the option to choose, on each individual level, whether you want the items sorted in ascending or descending order.

Adobe Alternatives Part 1 – InDesign

Scribus About DialogI am slowly moving more and more toward using Linux instead of Windows. As a result of that fact, and the fact that I just don’t feel like paying Adobe’s prices anymore, I have started looking into alternatives to Adobe’s suite of development and design programs.

The first program I want to discuss is Adobe’s InDesign. For those of you that might not be familiar with InDesign, that is basically Adobe’s new branding of PageMaker. Quite a few years back, Adobe bought PageMaker from Aldus and continued development for a while. Finally, however, Adobe tried to integrate as much of PageMaker as possible into its own program called InDesign. When the change was made, Adobe didn’t really bring much from the old versions of InDesign, they simply renamed PageMaker.

Google Analytics – What Bounce Rate Means

This post is intended to be a very quick overview about what “bounce rate” means when viewing and interpreting a Google Analytics report.

The official help documentation for Google Analytics defines the bounce rate as:

Bounce rate is the percentage of single-page visits or visits in which the person left your site from the entrance (landing) page. Use this metric to measure visit quality – a high bounce rate generally indicates that site entrance pages aren’t relevant to your visitors. The more compelling your landing pages, the more visitors will stay on your site and convert. You can minimize bounce rates by tailoring landing pages to each keyword and ad that you run. Landing pages should provide the information and services that were promised in the ad copy.

Boxee Goes Windows

A new version of Boxee was released yesterday. The new version is currently available on Mac, AppleTV and Windows. While this is just an update for the Mac and AppleTV users, this is the first version released on Windows.

Those of us using Linux have been told we’ll have to wait a few more days to get our update, but I’m okay with that.

I am very curious to see how Boxee performs on Windows, but I am not one of the lucky few (214, to be exact) that got an invitation to test it on Windows, yet. Hopefully I’ll get one in the next wave of invites.