WordCamp Coming to Halifax, Nova Scotia!

offical wapuu of WordCamp Halifax
Meet ‘Wabster’, WordCamp Halifax’s official wapuu!

This May marks a very special month for people in Atlantic Canada. Not only will the first signs of spring appear in the area (finally), but a new conference will be popping up as well.

WordCamp Halifax is happening on May 27th at Marion McCain Building at Dalhousie University. This will be the first WordCamp in Canada East of Montreal, making it the web-related event of the season for Maritimers.


Get To Know Halifax

Halifax is best known for its friendly community and beautiful harbour. Take in cafes, beer gardens, the Citadel Hill, a farmers market and more pubs than you can count! May is a lovely time of year on the peninsula with lots of sunshine and occasional shower. Be sure to check out the newly built Central Library downtown – a spectacular architectural feat. Spend the whole week in Halifax to take road trips to other beautiful parts of the province: wine tours, U-picks and quaint fishing villages can all be found within a few hours drive away from the capital.

WordCamp has affordable accommodations if you want to stay close to the venue. More information can be found here.


What To Expect At WordCamp Halifax

With a mere $25 price tag, attendees can expect to enjoy:

  • Catered lunch
  • Swag bag with lots of goodies
  • Happiness Bar where attendees can get one-on-one help with their website
  • Lots of networking with people from a multitude of industries and skill levels
  • 25 local, national and international speakers
  • 21 informative sessions in three tracks
  • An After Party five minutes from the venue, with affordable bevvy’s & snacks (you know how Haligonians love a good kitchen party!)

The team has worked hard to bring diverse programming to this inaugural WordCamp with three tracks of learning:

  • Content Creators: Easiest sessions. Little prior WordPress experience expected
  • Site Creators: Some WordPress experience would be beneficial for these sessions, but is not required. Small amounts of HTML, CSS, PHP and Javascript might be presented in some talks
  • Code Creators: Advanced WordPress concepts, HTML, CSS, PHP and Javascript will be presented.


We can’t wait to see everyone this May, so nab a ticket. With a limited seating of 185, you’ll have to grab one before they’re gone!

Canadian English Theme Translations

The core WordPress project, have now opened up supported themes for translation into local languages. This has opened up thousands of new text strings to translate from US English to Canadian English.

If you would like to assist, then you can head on over to https://translate.wordpress.org/locale/en-ca/default/wp-themes and start translating.

We will then review all submitted stings for accuracy. You can post a comment to this post of the themes you have contributed to.

WordPress 4.0 “Benny”

The Canadian English version of WordPress 4.0 is now released!

Official Notice from the Core team:

Version 4.0 of WordPress, named “Benny” in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleaderBenny Goodman, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. While 4.0 is just another number for us after 3.9 and before 4.1, we feel we’ve put a little extra polish into it. This release brings you a smoother writing and management experience we think you’ll enjoy.

WordPress 3.7 “Basie” in Canadian English, Eh!

It is that time that we get to release a brand new major release of WordPress. There are a lot of changes in the backend, not that you should notice.

WordPress 3.7 “Basie”

Posted October 24, 2013 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Releases.

Version 3.7 of WordPress, named “Basie” in honor of Count Basie, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. This release features some of the most important architectural updates we’ve made to date. Here are the big ones:

  • Updates while you sleep: With WordPress 3.7, you don’t have to lift a finger to apply maintenance and security updates. Most sites are now able to automatically apply these updates in the background. The update process also has been made even more reliable and secure, with dozens of new checks and safeguards.
  • Stronger password recommendations: Your password is your site’s first line of defense. It’s best to create passwords that are complex, long, and unique. To that end, our password meter has been updated in WordPress 3.7 to recognize common mistakes that can weaken your password: dates, names, keyboard patterns (123456789), and even pop culture references.
  • Better global support: Localized versions of WordPress will receive faster and more complete translations. WordPress 3.7 adds support for automatically installing the right language files and keeping them up to date, a boon for the many millions who use WordPress in a language other than English.

For developers there are lots of options around how to control the new updates feature, including allowing it to handle major upgrades as well as minor ones, more sophisticated date query support, and multisite improvements. As always, if you’re hungry for more dive into the Codex or browse the over 400 closed tickets on Trac.

Read full post >> https://wordpress.org/news/2013/10/basie/

Support Questions

I have been getting quite a few questions in the contact form. Here are the common questions and answers.

1. I lost my password: You can find help here Resetting Your Password « WordPress Codex or if you are using WordPress.com then try here Passwords — Support — WordPress.com

2. My site is not loading/working: Try to find your answer here https://codex.wordpress.org/Troubleshooting

3. A WordPress site has information I want taken down. You need to contact the site owner or their web host. WordPress is open source software users can install on a web server, it is not hosted by us. If it is on a WordPress.com site then you should report it here http://en.wordpress.com/abuse/. A good resource on this topic is available here What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content « Lorelle on WordPress.

Also if it is a general support question and not specific to the Canadian English translation the there is a support forum at https://wordpress.org/support