WordPress Conference

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Dates have been announced for a WordPress conference in London later this year.

The very first WordCamp London will take place on 23rd & 24th November 2013!

The two day event will have one main conference day and the second day will be a Contribute Day where you can come along, hack, write, support, and contribute to WordPress.

The conference day on 23rd November will be held at the Bishopsgate Institute. The Contributor day on 24th November will be help at Mozilla Spaces in London.

What’s a WordCamp?

“WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other”.
 

The first day will comprise presentations from WordPress experts and enthusiasts from the UK and around the world. The second day will be a Contributor Day – both seasoned and new community members will spend the day working on the project.

What’s WordPress?

See www.2020media.com/wordpress

CiviCRM July Newsletter

The CiviCRM July Newsletter is hot off the press.

newsletter-cookbookView online at CiviCRM.org

There’s a new CiviCRM book out! The CiviCRM Cookbook covers a wide range of CiviCRM core and component topics with practical in depth recipes with accompanying screenshots.

The CiviCRM Starter Kit is a Drupal-and-CiviCRM-in-one bundle which makes downloading and installing a fairly standard instance of Drupal and Civi straightforward. It includes a sensible selection of modules and extensions to get you going.

2020Media will install this for you free of charge.

You’ve decided to use CiviCRM. Now what? This 45 minute episode will cover what you should (and should not) do before starting to use CiviCRM. First hangout – Tuesday, July 16th at 9am Pacific
Introduction to CiviCRM Mini-series: Before You Login Google Hangout link

Security News

Announcing the 6th stable release of CiviCRM 4.3, containing small bug fixes and two minor security updates to make your CRM more stable and secure.

This is a security release. You should upgrade your site immediately. If you are unable to do so and host with 2020Media, we’re happy to help.

Wordress Tips – reindex media

Ever copied a WordPress site to another server and lost your images? But when you look, the images are still in the wp-content/uploads/ folders.

WordPress keeps a index or database of the images you upload and without this, WordPress doesn’t see the files.

We’ve yet to find a plugin that simply reindexes what you’ve already got, but this plugin is a workaround:

Plugin: http://wordpress.org/plugins/add-from-server/

It allows you to import media and files into the WordPress uploads manager from any location on your server, and in bulk.

Plugin screenshot
Plugin screenshot – add from server

Free images for your WordPress site

PhotoDropper has over 62 million free images that WordPress owners can access and insert right from their WordPress dashboard.

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photodropper

They also have a premium tier that offers more professional photos on a pay-by-the-photo basis.

Many people can locate images from stock photo websites or their own libraries, but this involves extra steps of downloading the image, resizing perhaps, then uploading to the WordPress site. Checking for copyright also takes more time. This plugin does it all from within WordPress, using Creative Commons licences.

The PhotoDropper plugin is free!

You can download the plugin here, or just search for “PhotoDropper” from inside your plugins dashboard.

With PhotoDropper you have access to the entire Flickr Creative Commons database offering you over 243.8 million Creative Commons images all totally free and totally legal for you to use on your website… As long as you follow the simple licensing, which PhotoDropper makes easy.

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons lets people share any work (photo, graphics, writing, etc.) with the world so that anyone can use and remix their creations under the licensing terms the authors provide. It is usually denoted with “Some Rights Reserved” instead of  “All Rights Reserved.”

Flickr (part of Yahoo) has one of the world’s largest collections of such photos that people have shared with just such a license.

The PhotoDropper Plugin makes the process of finding and adding these photos to your posts  simple and takes care of necessary attribution automatically.

Learn more about the Creative Commons license along with its rules and restrictions here.