Theme Update API in WordPress 2.7

What is WordPress Theme Update API ?

WordPress Theme update API is a service which will provide automatic notification about theme upgrades on wordpress  dashboard.

Suppose you are using the copyblogger theme, and its author Chris publishes a new update to the theme, Theme Update API will give you a notification about the new version, alerting you to download and upgrade your theme. ( In future, automatic upgrade also will be possible, in the same we use for plugins now.)

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WordPress Theme Directory : Now Live !!

After releasing WordPress 2.6 one month ahead of the schedule, here is another cool new update from WordPress. A theme directory, where you can browse, rate, preview and download themes from. ( Please note that this is only for self hosted WordPress Blogs. )

Why is it important ?

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It is important because there is nothing of this sort available elsewhere. Its important because, we really need something like this on WordPress.

There are thousands of WordPress themes available. Theme developers have their own download sites, preview blogs and rating options. Even though themes.wordpress.net is there, it is not functional at the moment.

How does it Work ?

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Yahoo!’s Adsense

Yahoo! is getting ready for something like Google Adsense. Well, its not a “new news”, I know. However, If you do not know about it yet, check out publisher.yahoo.com. I am just wondering when they are actually launching it. Just curious. I tried to check that out but, I got a response saying that Its still under Beta version and I think it’s been in that stage for long time now.

Question for you : Do you think, if Yahoo! launches their program soon, do you think its going to gain popularity ?

I have one reason to say it may. It has paypal as a payment option, which will attract non-us publishers. Google’s checks takes ages to arrive and get cleared. But, with paypal, things get faster. However, Google can add paypal anytime, and Yahoo! may loose that advantage too. Or Google might look at acquring paypal too lol !!

Yahoo! should concentrate on bringing new publishers in. I think they can try something like what they did with the WordPress plugin. They can concentrate on wordpess ( self hosted ) publishers and bring some easy tool. Or they can offer good referral rewards.

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