Have just started experimenting with this alternative to MAMP and WAMP — DesktopServer. The free version seems to be on equal footing with functionality — and lets you create custom local URLs for each of your sites.

And it looks like the install is less bloated than the W/MAMP twins, which is important if you’re thin on drive space.



If you work with drafts from students and then publish, here’s a bit of code for functions.php that will send the author an e-mail once the post is live.

function wpr_authorNotification($post_id) {
   $post = get_post($post_id);
   $author = get_userdata($post->post_author);

   $message = "
      Hi ".$author->display_name.",
      Your post, ".$post->post_title." has just been published. Well done!
   wp_mail($author->user_email, "Your article is online", $message);
add_action('publish_post', 'wpr_authorNotification');

SOURCE: WPRecipes.(via Cats Who Code)


Good overview of how to integrate the Docs to WordPress plug-in into your WP workflow. Layer in EditFlow — and in the case of the Bangor Daily News, hooks to the print production CMS — and you’ve got a pretty impressive (and cheap) CMS for your newsroom. Here’s William Davis of Bangor giving a quick tour of the workflow.

Good recap story on Bangor’s integration from WordPress Publisher’s Blog.

Set your Twitter account name in your settings to use the TwitterBar Section.