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WordPress.tv is now open for video submissions from the WordPress community.

Do you record your WordPress meetup? Submit it to WordPress.tv! Do you record WordPress screencast tutorials? Submit them to WordPress.tv! Do you create some other form of WP video awesomesauce that would benefit the community? WordPress.tv might be just the place for it.

Fair warning: Our intrepid group of WordPress.tv event video moderators already works hard to review and publish WordCamp videos, and if WordPress.tv is suddenly flooded with video submissions, they may take a while to get around to reviewing and publishing your video. Please be patient as we iterate toward success… and if you’re interested in donating your time toward becoming a WordPress.tv moderator, please apply here. If this takes off like we think it might, we will definitely need some extra eyes!

Thanks in advance for helping to make WordPress.tv an even more fantastic resource. If you have questions about this, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Meet the Moderators: Phil Erb

In the last posts, we chatted with Chandra Maharzan and Jerry Bates, two moderators at WordPress.tv. We’d like to introduce a third volunteer on this team. Everyone, meet Phil Erb.

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Meet the Moderators: Chandra Maharzan

In last week’s post, we talked to Jerry Bates, one of the moderators at WordPress.tv. Let’s continue our “Meet the Moderators” Q&A series with another member of this team, hailing all the way from Nepal: Chandra Maharzan.

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Meet the Moderators: Jerry Bates

There are so many great videos created at WordCamps and WordPress meetups around the world. As mentioned in December, 441 WordCamp videos were published to WordPress.tv by the end of 2012! We want to ensure these talks, presentations, and tutorials are shared with as many people as possible.

So, we’re very excited about the new team of WordPress.tv moderators. We formed a team of volunteers to review and approve the video content uploaded to WordPress.tv to ensure accuracy and quality, and to moderate comments and engage with the community.

Here on the WordPress.tv blog, we’d like to introduce you to these moderators in a Q&A post series. These moderators are WordPress enthusiasts — just like many of you out there — and we want to share their stories about how they got involved with WordPress.

First up in our Q&A series? Jerry Bates.

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An End-of-Year Look at WordCampTV

Since 2007, we’ve seen a steady increase in the number of WordCamp videos posted to WordPress.tv:

– 7 in 2007
— 75 in 2008
— 337 in 2009
— 180 in 2010
— 271 in 2011

By the end of 2012, 441 WordCamp videos will be published to WordPress.tv!

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WordPress 3.0 Videos

It’s been an exciting week in WordPress news with the launch of WordPress 3.0. I’m sure many of you are just now getting around to upgrading your WordPress blogs to the newest version, making plans to upgrade your site, or even interested in using WordPress for the first time with all the upgrade buzz going around.

I’d like to direct you to some of the videos hosted here on WordPress.tv that contain information on WordPress 3.0 to help you out.

The first place to stop is—of course—the announcement video that went up last week, with a quick overview of the new features and changes in WordPress 3.0. Take a look (if you haven’t already) and learn what’s coming when you click that Upgrade button in your Dashboard.

Next, there are a pair of videos from a recent WordPressNYC meetup: one from Steve Bruner, discussing some of the new customization techniques available in WordPress 3.0 and specifically the new Twenty Ten theme, and another from Boone Gorges about the new Multisite functionality baked in to core WordPress starting with 3.0.

For another take on the changes occurring in WordPress 3.0, Jane Wells’ keynote from Orange County WordCamp covers some of the changes made in 3.0 from another perspective—but also includes some notes on how you can get involved contributing to the greater WordPress project, and the goals of the new WordPress Foundation.

Lastly, if you’d like a peek into the future of WordPress, as mentioned in the announcement video, Matt Mullenweg‘s keynote from WordCamp San Francisco on the State of the Word is a great look at where WordPress is now and where it’s headed.

Notice something missing? We’re in need of tutorial screencasts for WordPress 3.0 to help users new to WordPress or new to the features in 3.0 learn how to use them. If you’ve created a screencast to help users of WordPress 3.0, or are thinking about doing so, please contact us here at WordPress.tv! We’d be very happy to look at your tutorial and consider it for publication here on WordPress.tv with the best of the best.

Enjoy WordPress 3.0!

WordPress 3.0 on the Horizon – Submit Your Videos!

This past Thursday, WordPress turned seven, an impressive feat and an awesome reminder of just how much this community has grown since WordPress first arrived. Later that same day, the first release candidate release of WordPress 3.0 was delivered to the world, complete with lots of updates, fixes, and yes, new features.

WordPress 3.0 brings some changes. Multisite installations of WordPress now come from the same download, a handful of alterations have been made behind the scenes, and a brand new interface for creating navigation menus is coming.

With these updates in mind, we’re bringing you a pair of videos today from the most recent WordPress NYC Meetup, which was titled “WordPress 3.0: What You Need to Know.” The first video is a presentation by Steve Bruner on some of the new methods of customizing WordPress in 3.0, including custom post types and menu management, and the second is from Boone Gorges, demonstrating the new built-in multi-site ability.

WordPress 3.0 is just around the corner, and this is a perfect opportunity to create and submit a tutorial for publication on WordPress.tv! WordPress users will be looking for help with these new features. You might be the teacher they need to advance their knowledge of their favorite publishing platform. Have you been working with the beta versions of WordPress 3.0? Are you a developer, designer, or power user? We feature great tutorials from WordPress users around the world on WordPress.tv, and you too can be a WordPress.tv Producer.

If you’ve created a video tutorial that you’d like to see published on WordPress.tv, please drop us an email and let us know what you’ve made. We’ll be happy to take a look at it and follow up with you for more information.

And share the word! If you see a tutorial on WordPress.tv that you think would be useful for your friends or blog readers, feel free to grab the embed code from the video and embed the video on your own blog!

WordCamp Boston: Basics, jQuery, HTML5, Security, Legal Issues, and Cluetrain at Ten

This past January, WordCamp Boston took place at the Microsoft NERD Center, offering multiple tracks of sessions and speakers for WordPress devotees in the Boston area. Recently, we published some of the sessions from this WordCamp on WordPress.tv—if you missed it, here’s a recap of what’s available.

From the Developer/Designer Track

The Developer and Designer track from WordCamp Boston starts out with some basics and moves into heavier territory. First, there’s Mitcho with “Getting into the Loop,” an introduction to how to work with The Loop and make it work for your WordPress sites. Then, Daniel Jalkut from Red Sweater Software discusses the AtomPub and XML-RPC APIs in “Exercising APIs,” using examples such as desktop, iPhone, and even Web implementations.

Jim Doran gives an overview and a case study in how to use “jQuery in WordPress,” demonstrating layout and animation techniques, DOM manipulation, and JSON, Daniel Collis-Puro shows you how to have “Screaming Fast WPMU” with a whole bunch of optimization techniques and tricks to get your installation up and running smoothly, and Rob Larsen teaches the basics of integrating “HTML5” enhancements into your themes using some JavaScript and a little know-how.

Rounding out the Developer and Designer track, we have Daisy Olsen’s session on “Parent and Child Themes,” demonstrating how to get more mileage out of themes by creating new versions of them as child themes, and “Making BuddyPress Do Thy Bidding” from Boone Gorges, beginning with basic BuddyPress examples and moving on to more specialized fare.

From the Practical Track

The Practical Track contains sessions like “Rock Your Business Blog” from Karen Rubin, focusing on building a brand and an audience using your business blog, “WordPress, PHP, and CSS: Oh, My!” from Shayne Sanderson, covering the very basics of theme development and design to help your blog get off the ground without the need for specialized design work, and “MU-ving to MU” from Automattician Jane Wells, explaining and detailing the changes coming to WordPress MU in WordPress 3.0, as it joins the main WordPress distribution.

WordPress security has been a hot topic lately, and Brad Williams gives his excellent presentation entitled “Lock It Up,” where you can learn several basics to help keep your WordPress site secure. Corey Eulas performs a live critique of sites owned by audience members in his presentation, “SEO Analysis.”

A good overview of legal issues faced by bloggers as they work to create good content is presented in “How Not to Get Sued” by Miguel Danielson and Kimberly Isbell, giving you insight into what you should consider before you hit Publish. And Steve Garfield gives a lightning version of his web video course in “Get Seen: Web Video,” offering tips on everything from equipment to post-production techniques.

The Keynote

In a great sit-down discussion, two of the original authors of The Cluetrain Manifesto discuss its impact, its foresight, and its shortcomings ten years later in “Ten Years after the Manifesto: The Cluetrain Stops at WordCamp.” Doc Searls and David Weinberger sit down with writer Scott Kirsner to discuss the lasting impact and lessons to take from Cluetrain in its second decade.

That’s a lot of video to digest, so dig in, kick back, and enjoy the sessions from WordCamp Boston. Summer brings WordCamps, and WordCamps bring more session video. Be on the lookout for more sessions posted to WordPress.tv! Follow us on Twitter for notices when we publish the latest videos.

WordCamp NYC Video Recap: WordPress as CMS, 5-Minute Talks, and More

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve published every video we could collect from WordCamp NYC this past November. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get everything, but there are some fantastic sessions here and I thought it’d be great to give you a rundown of what’s available. These sessions are really worthwhile.

If you don’t have a lot of time available, why not check out one or two of the five-minute sessions?

(Please note that some of the videos were recorded at very low audio levels. You may have to turn your speakers up a bunch to hear well.)

Jane Wells and Steve Bruner kicked things off with these opening remarks.

WordPress as CMS Track

Open Source Track

Beginning Developer Track

Advanced Developer Track

Academic Track

Five-Minute Talks

On the second day of WordCamp NYC, speakers were invited to give five-minute “Ignite-style” sessions to summarize their topic for the entire group. Most of those sessions are here as well.

Thank You!

Many thanks go out to the videographers who took the time and effort to both capture and send us these videos.

The next WordCamp up for posting is WordCamp Boston. The first wave of sessions will begin showing up today, and the rest will follow over the coming weeks. We’ve also got some new tutorials from users like you on the way.

If you attend a WordCamp and you have experience recording video of speakers, why not think about bringing your ability to the table and volunteering to record some or all the sessions? WordCamps are always looking for sharp, bright volunteers to help bring the experience to others.

If you have video that should be published on WordPress.tv, drop us a line.

Weekly Recap: Inspirageek’s Interview with Matt Mullenweg and WordPress 2.9

A happy holidays to you from WordPress.tv!

We published two videos for you this week—one an interview with Matt Mullenweg of Automattic, and the other a video introduction to the neat stuff included in the latest release of WordPress.

Josh Grenon of Inspirageek interviews Matt Mullenweg in our first video published this week. They discuss some general tips for entrepreneurs, the development process for (the now released) WordPress 2.9, some basics behind VideoPress and why it’s great, and a few other odds and ends.

This weekend also saw the release of WordPress 2.9, the latest and greatest edition of our favorite software. To herald this event, our very own Michael Pick has composed an introductory video to WordPress 2.9, hitting the major updates and changes you’ll be playing with in the weeks to come. It’s a quick watch—check it out and feel free to embed when you talk about WordPress 2.9 on your own blog.

With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays coming up in the next two weeks, I expect new videos here on WordPress.tv will be few and far between, but we’ll still be here to check out and publish videos you direct us to using our handy contact form.

All of us here at WordPress.tv wish you a very happy holiday season and look forward to more great WordPress videos in 2010!

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