October 31, 2007
WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.3.1 Released, Get Your Upgrade, WordPress Podcast Speaks out, WordCamp Israel a Success, Argentina is Next, and WordPress Wins.
WordPress 2.3.1 Released with mandatory security upgrade. There’s an upgrade script to make upgrading life easier – well, at least your WordPress life. The WordPress Podcast is out, jammed with tons of WordPress news, rumors, and tips. WordCamp Israel was a hit. WordCamp Argentina is next. WordCamp Hamburg is taking reservations for the conference next year. WordPress wins points for Open Source. WordPress tags are all the rage. Gravatar fever is spreading. WordPress.com gets the news and so do you. Read on.
WordPress 2.3.1 Released: The latest version of WordPress is out and contains security fixes, which makes this a mandatory upgrade. It also includes tagging support for Windows Live Writer, faster taxonomy database queries, and fixes to the login and link importer. For a list of all the changes between the last two versions, see the Trac, and download WordPress 2.3.1. For more information, see Peter Westwood’s description of the changes in WordPress 2.3.1.
WordPress Upgrade Script: Ozh of PlanetOzh has written a WordPress Upgrade Script for those with shell access to their web server, making upgrading WordPress “a matter of painless seconds”.
Is Your WordPress Blog Secure? Blog Security is at it again, researching WordPress blogs to check to see if they have updated to the most secure versions available. Their report in Power Bloggers Vulnerable gives us a glimpse into how many top bloggers are not taking their blog security seriously.
3 out of 5 had obvious vulnerabilities that could potentially be exploited now! Two of these blogs are running a blog version that would make Matt Mullenweg blush and one of them was using an older version of the popular Adsense-Deluxe plugin, which I reported a vulnerability for 6 months ago.
Need another reason to update WordPress?
Cleaning Up Themes Best Decision: In Google Penalizing Paid Links, one of many reports around the web of Google dropping PageRank for blogs using paid links, Matt Mullenweg admits the decision to clean up WordPress Themes from within the WordPress “official” listings was a good one as “Countless blogs could have been penalized just for the theme they were using, not related to anything they did or did not do on their blog.” WordPress took a lot of heat for taking a stand to protect the WordPress Community and it’s paying off now.
WordPressMU 1.3 Due Soon: Donncha announces that WordPressMU 1.3 is due soon with some good Digg proof cache and free and GPL Plugins for the mulitple user blog network version of WordPress.
WordPress Wins: WordPress has been chosen as a finalist in the PacktPub Open Source CMS Awards competition as the Best Open Source Social Networking CMS in the 2007 Open Source CMS Award, along with Drupal, Elgg, LifeType, and Moodle. At this stage, the five finalists receive USD $2,000, but the competition goes on as each group is filtered down in different stages, winning various awards for making it to each stage in the competition, until the Overall Winner is announced on November 2. Played right, WordPress could win a lot of recognition and exposure, but also some nice cash to keep their efforts in Open Source going. Congrats on the competition so far!
WordCamp Israel: WordCamp Israel was a great success with over 200 WordPress fans. The best of the best of Israeli bloggers and web publishing experts shared tips, tricks, and techniques on WordPress and blogging. Plans are already underway for next year’s event, expected to be twice as big.
WordCamp Argentina: WordCamp Argentina (Upcoming Event Page) is October 31, 2007, and will be featuring Matt Mullenweg along with other popular bloggers and web publishing experts at the Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires.
WordCamp Melbourne: Australia, is the next international spot for WordCamp Melbourne for November 17. There is now an Upcoming Events page which list WordCamp Melbourne will be at the Watermark Bar. They are still setting the schedule of speakers up for the afternoon long conference, but expect to see some fantastic speakers and programs.
WordPress Hamburg News: WordCamp Hamburg’s registration is open with tickets at 20 Euros ($29). Sponsor tickets are 400 Euros ($575), also available online. Blog Yoda writes about the excitement of the upcoming WordCamp Hamburg or WordCamp Germany, as many are calling it. The author also points to the popular wordpress-deutschland.org, which services German speaking WordPress users with helpful articles and tips. I’ll be searching for new reports and news on the upcoming WordCamp event, so please point me in the right direction if you have information on this!