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Embedding your voicethreads on Edublogs

In Array on July 10, 2007 at 9:20 pm

So it looks like everyone else has caught up with Alan and Stephen, and started creating Voicethreads, which are rather cool really.
So, todays bit of Edublogs news is a guide as to how you can embed your very own thread in your Edublog.
And how, in fact, you can easily embed any flash object, no worries whatsoever.
So get threading!

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Introducing WPMUDEV Premium

In Array on July 9, 2007 at 2:14 am

Ladies and Gents, we give you WPMUDEV Premium.
This is a joint project between Andrew Billits and myself that aims to find a way to provide complex custom plugins, materials, hacks and support for WordPress MultiUser (WPMU) for a fraction of the amount you’d have to pay a developer.

It’s already stuffed full of goodies; there’s the multi-database code that’s used on Edublogs (happily supporting 50,000 blogs on the one domain), mu-plugins to give you the lowdown on all your user activity (active users, posts, comments and more!), unbranded support videos for you to use on your WPMU site and a new bumper theme pack with uploadable headers a gogo.
And lots, lots, lots, more… which we’re going to be adding to all the time.
Plus there are comprehensive support forums to back up all of the code there.
Oh, and you can suggest projects that you’d like to see, and if they’re feasible we’ll […]

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A matter of belonging

In Array on July 7, 2007 at 8:51 pm

Fascinating example of community facilitation gone somewhat askew (some might say very!) over at the WordPress.com forums over the last few days.
To sum it up, drmike, a ridiculously active and giving moderator / helper both there and at the WPMU forums got his credentials revoked.
Now, obviously I don’t know *anything* about the stuff that led up to that, so I’m not going to even attempt to comment, but the principle of essentially firing an unpaid, stupendously involved and committed community member comes across as a bit odd to me… unless there are extreme circumstances.
You know, abuse / crime / vilification etc. I’m not sure if ‘certian stresses’ fall under that banner.
Oh, OK then, I am commenting a bit, drmike has impressed me greatly for sometime and he hardly seems to be likely to engage in any of the above!
But more to the point, can you really do that (ditch an […]

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If music be the food of love…

In Array on July 3, 2007 at 9:39 pm

… then you should put it in your sidebar at Edublogs.
Now featuring the Sonific songspot widget… enjoy!

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Blogging tips by Lorelle

In Array on July 3, 2007 at 12:14 am

Hurrah, received my copy today of Blogging Tips by Lorelle.
And just to prove it’s arrived, here it is with some genuine Aussie bush in the background!

You can grab your own copy here.

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A Short History of WordPress MultiUser (WPMU)

In Array on June 27, 2007 at 8:23 am

This is a short tale about how one developer’s inspiration has led to a revolution in online publishing.
On October 4th 2004 Donncha O Caoimh released WPMU 0.1 aka WordPress MultiUser aka WordPressµ.
Come late ‘04 and early ‘05 there were a lot of us playing around with WPMU and when WordPress 1.5 came about, WPMU was none too far behind.
So… we played around with smarty templates, and generally enjoyed the fun of it all until Donncha started aiming for an “option so that Smarty and WP themes can be mixed on the one host!”
And WPMU as we know it was born.
The forums were relaunched, WPMUDEV.ORG provided (and still provides) the extra goodies, a certain individual known as Matt came aboard, Blogsome (perhaps the first major WPMU host) took off.
Before long there were all sorts of sites sprouting up, from Edublogs (that’s me BTW to Pontolistpress, The Jackass […]

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WordPress and security

In Array on June 23, 2007 at 9:45 pm

This is absolute troll-esque nonsense. sure, we could all always do security better but to recommend, ahem:
If you do want to install weblog software, I recommend Movable Type. It is possible to set up a very secure install if you don’t need things like comments
Makes you sound a bit silly, in so many different ways.
For a more reasoned response read Matt.

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Edublogs – top 10 website?

In Array on June 23, 2007 at 6:46 am

OK, this is posted with more than just a pinch of salt… and perhaps says more about Technorati than it does about us, but all the same, check this out:

Heh…. and especially when you compare it to the $40m p/year website I’ve just left…

So how have I managed to get a higher Technorati ranking for Edublogs than one of the top websites in Australia? Answers on the back of a blank postcard in the comments please

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Education.yawn?

In Array on June 20, 2007 at 11:31 pm

Is anyone else profoundly unimpressed by the new Education.com site?

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Out of the boardroom and into the classroom… help requested!

In Array on June 20, 2007 at 11:13 pm

Walter Jennings, who I’m helping out with blog stuff, is making the transition from boardroom to classroom next month and is uncharacteristically concerned.
Walter’s the MD of a big PR firm here in Au so I reckon it rocks that he’s taking time to not just do an invitational lecture but to teach a whole course.
Having said that, with no background as a teacher he’s wondering how to keep a whole bunch of undergrads engaged… and doing some learning too.
So have you got any tips for a experienced business pro who’s also a classroom n00b? Go help a man out!

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