Which bookmarklet do you use to post to your WordPress blog? WordPress 2.5.1 is a mandatory upgrade with security patches. Are you ready for WordPress 2008 in San Francisco in August? Weblog Tools Collection hosts a WordPress Plugins contest this month. Get your WordPress Secret Key to secure your WordPress blog. Greasemonkey doesn’t automatically upgrade, so manually upgrade to continue using Auntie Akismet and Comment Ninja Greasemonkey Scripts for WordPress. Discounts for WordPress fans to Event Apart events. Get your WordPress mug now! And more WordPress news.
How Do You Post via Bookmarklet to Your WordPress Blog? Matt Mullenweg asks what is your favorite posting bookmarklet on his blog as an informal poll to determine how people post to their WordPress blog and how WordPress can help them do that more efficiently.
WordPress 2.5.1 Mandatory Security Release: WordPress 2.5.1 was released earlier this week and is a mandatory security release. It includes bug fixes, performance enhancements, along with the security fix. The corrected files are
wp-includes/pluggable.php, wp-admin/includes/media.php and
wp-admin/media.php, if you want to just replace the changed files. Theme Lab offers a simple upgrade guide for this upgrade. Included in the upgrade are fixes to Internet Explorer issues with the new Media Library.
WordPress 2.5 Secret Key: WordPress 2.5 now makes cookies more secure and protected from attacks with a new user-definable constant called SECRET_KEY. Ryan Boren talks more about this issue in depth, and you can get your unique secret key for your WordPress 2.5x blog to improve your blog’s security.
WordPress Plugin Competition: Weblog Tools Collection has announced a new WordPress Plugin Competition specifically for WordPress 2.5. It will begin May 10 and end July 10, giving us 30 days of non-stop fabulous Plugins!
WordPress on a Windows Home Server: Install We Got Served offers tips for installing WordPress on the new Windows Home Server.
WordPress Community Discounts: An Event Apart Discount for their events is now available for WordPress users, resulting in a discount up to USD $200 for any Event Apart events.
WordPress Podcast: WordPress Podcast Episode 40 with Charles Stricklin and Jonathan Bailey covers WordPress and Technorati issues, WordCamp Dallas, Woopra, Weblog Tools Collection Videos, Apple bundling WordPress into iPhone, and more WordPress Themes and news about WordPress.
WP Weekly Podcast: WordPress Weekly Live Show Episode 15 featured David Peralty, Blog Herald, BloggingPro.com and SplashPress Media and discussions on the business of blogging.
Do You Want to Help with WordPress Development and Community? If you would like to help with the WordPress Codex, the official online user manual for WordPress users, we need you. If you would like to contribute to WordPress as a volunteer in the WordPress Support Forums, testing, coding, and more, see Contributing to WordPress. If you would like to help improve WordPress by reporting bugs, please report them via the WordPress Bug Report form. Your help is needed to ensure WordPress works.
Last Week’s WordPress Wednesday News: Can’t get enough WordPress news and tips? There is so much news coming out about the latest version, so you can catch up with the past news in last week’s WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.5.1 Released, WordPress 2008 in August, Plugins Contest, 3 Million, WordPress.com Responds to Brail Court Ban, and More.
WordPress on Your Calendar
WordCamp San Francisco August 16: August 16, 2008 is the next WordCamp San Francisco, considered by many to be the premier WordCamp event. This year, it appears it will be only one day instead of two, but details are still coming. It will be at the Mission Bay Conference Center this year.
News From WordCamp Paris? I was looking for news about WordCamp Paris and I haven’t found much. Please let me know so I can share the fun here on the WordPress Wednesday Weekly news.
WordPress Meetup or WordCamp Near You? If you are putting together a WordPress event, please email me so I can publicize it here. If there is a WordCamp near you, go. If you are interested in setting up a WordCamp, stay tuned for news and information on to bring a WordCamp event near you.
- European WordCamp in Milan, Italy – May 10, 2008
- WordPress fans social gathering in Austin, Texas – May 13, 2008
- Boston WordPress May Meeting – May 15, 2008
- The New York City WordPress May Meeting – May 17, 2008
- PodCamp Atlanta 2008 – May 17, 2008
- Nashville WordPress May Meeting – May 24, 2008
- Dallas/Ft. Worth Area WordPress May Meeting – May 24, 2008
- WordCamp UK – July 19-20, 2008, Birmingham, UK
- WordCamp San Francisco 2008 at Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF – Aug 16, 2008
- WordPress 2.6 – August 2008
- South by Deep South WordCamp – September 26-28 – Birmingham, Alabama
- WordCamp Toronto – October 4th, 2008
WordPress Security News
Is WordPress Safe? With a lot of rumors, over-reactions, and scares going around about security issues and WordPress, I addressed some of this in WordPress Security Prevention, Reactions, and Scares. The best recommendation to protect your blog from hackers? Update.
How Do I Know if My WordPress Blog is Vulnerable and Has Been Attacked? Your WordPress blog is vulnerable if it is not versions 2.5, 2.3.3, 2.1.3, or 2.0.11. Upgrade now. See the WordPress Release Archive for past versions. For more information, see a past issue of the WordPress Wednesday News.
WordPress Plugins and Themes News
WordPress Plugin Error Management: Weblog Tools Collection offers “Error Management for WordPress Plugins”, tips for improving how a WordPress Plugin handles and responds to errors using the
Tips for Creating Your Own Administration Panels Color Scheme: Weblog Tools Collection offers tips to create your own Administration Panels color scheme to customize the interface for your own WordPress blog.
Let the Reader Decide: Mark Jaquith explains why he let’s the reader decide in his new version of Subscribe to Comments by leaving the subscribe to comments checkbox unchecked by default. This brought a round of cheers by many frustrated with finding themselves subscribed to comments on a blog that they did not intend to do so. By giving the control back to the reader and commenter, those who want to subscribe are there by choice, a much more powerful stance. Great work, Mark! Let’s hope it sets a standard for all similar WordPress Plugins.
Where is PodPress? Weblog Tools Collection and others have been asking what happened to The popular PodPress WordPress Plugin since there was a glitch with the site and not much news lately. Well, it seems that a new version of PodPress is almost ready for release and includes a lot more customization features and will be branching out to include Joomla and Drupal as well as WordPress. Stay tuned for more news.
Greasemonkey Not Updating – Comment Ninja and Auntie Akismet Stop Working: Be aware that Greasemonkey FireFox Extension has been updated to work with the latest version of FireFox, but for some reason, it doesn’t find the update and automatically install it. If you are a fan of WordPress Comment Ninja and Akismet Auntie Spam for WordPress Greasemonkey Scripts for FireFox by Engtech of Internet Duct Tape, and they aren’t working for you, be sure and manually upgrade Greasemonkey to the new version.
Interesting WordPress Plugins: The following are some interesting WordPress Plugins I’ve uncovered over the past few weeks:
- WordPress CMS Plugin adds CMS features and options to WordPress blogs.
- Viddler WordPress Plugin helps with adding Viddler videos to your WordPress blog.
- Add Your Own Headers WordPress Plugin allows the addition of tags, meta tags, keywords, descriptions, stylesheets, or embedded style tags to a Page or post’s header.
- flickrRSS WordPress Plugin displays Flickr photos via feed to your WordPress blog.
WordPress Techniques and Tips
Here are some more interesting WordPress tips I’ve uncovered:
- Define Your Own WordPress Loop Using WP_Query
- How to install WordPress via Godaddy
- Easily Add Videos to Your WordPress Blogs
- Put MP3 Files On Your WordPress Blog (and avoid the chipmunk effect)
Want to Write a WordPress Tip and See It Here? If you would like your WordPress tip and technique included in this list, see Tips For Writing Good WordPress Tips and Writing and Publishing Code In Your WordPress Blog Posts. When its ready, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comparing Blogger to WordPress.com: My Internet Stuff has a comparison of Google Blogger and WordPress.com Blogs with a chart that lists some of the pros and cons of which service to use. It’s worth exploring if you are considering switching. I know which one wins. :D
April Numbers: WordPress.com April Wrap-up covers the numbers and enthusiasm over the new Monotone WordPress Theme. WordPress.com reached 3 million registered blogs with 240,494 blogs created, 281,729 new users joined, 2,533,704 file uploads, about 740 gigabytes of new files, 3,258,032 posts and 1,330,355 new pages, and 5,775,721 comments. WordPress.com broke a billion total pageviews across all the blogs for the first time. Some other interesting numbers included 30% of pageviews are to blogs in non-English languages with Spanish, Portuguese, and Indonesian the most popular. Visitors from outside the United States accounted for 63% and 93% of pageviews were by people not logged into WordPress.com, which means WordPress.com blogs get the majority of visitors from outside the WordPress.com community.
WordPress.com Admin Bar New Design: Giving up on the distinctive blue colored bar, the WordPress.com Admin Bar has a new look: Gray. This change is to better match the new WordPress 2.5 interface and improve the contrast between the Admin Bar and the WordPress Theme design colors.
Control Avatars on Your WordPress.com Blog: WordPress.com offers Default Avatar Options now in the Settings > Discussion panel. You can turn avatars on or off on your WordPress.com blog, choose a rating to keep only “safe” or “anything goes” rated avatars displayed on your blog, and choose a default other than a blank avatar in case the commenter doesn’t have an avatar registered with their email address. The options are courtesy of Viper007bond, a long time developer and contributor to WordPress.
WordPress.com Gets Sphere Possibly Related Links: Some thought these were neat. Many don’t like them. They are Possibly Related Posts, a new feature announced this week by WordPress.com in conjunction with Sphere. The goal of the feature is to bring in more links to your blog and connect the diverse blog community together on WordPress.com. WordPress.com promises an increase of 5-10% increase in traffic from this new feature, but many have turned it off as they want more control over their outgoing links and the links often do not relate nor are appropriate. The feature can be turned on or off through the Design > Extras panel. Matt Mullenweg promises that soon you will have more control over which blogs these links will link to, though we’re still waiting to see what that means. Check out the WordPress.com Forums for more discussions on this issue and to have your say.
WordPress Community News
Understanding the Power of the WordPress Community: Jacobs Santos talks about the WordPress Community in a loving but honest way saying:
I’ve learned more during the 8 months while on the WordPress Hackers mailing list, than I have during 2 years of self motivated development.
It is interesting however, you get more out of WordPress becoming a member of the community, whether on the forums, blogosphere, or on one of the mailing lists. I can see why Lorelle holds each member in such high regards. These people are a small percentage of what makes WordPress what it is, but they do a lot more to gain the trust of others.
Vote for WordPress Ideas: There is still time to get your vote in for ideas on upcoming versions of WordPress in the The WordPress Ideas section. Why not take advantage of it and add your voice to the vote.
Do You Need Help with WordPress? I’m finding a lot of people still asking for help with their WordPress and WordPress.com blog by blogging their request. This is really dumb, folks. You don’t know who is reading or how qualified they may be to help you. Or you might never get the help you need. Please, go to the WordPress Support Forums for help with the full version of WordPress and the WordPress.com Forums for help with WordPress.com blogs. Get the help you need directly from those who can help you.
WordPress Installed For Free: Installing WordPress for Free (aka Install4Free WordPress) is a free, volunteer-driven service is limited to personal blogs only, and they help only with installations, not upgrades.
Using WordPress in Your Blog’s Name: It’s about respect. Please use WordPress names right because WordPress is a trademark and you are not allowed to use WordPress in your blog’s domain name or URL unless you have permission of Automattic and WordPress. Also, remember, it’s spelled “WordPress” not “WordPress”. Oh, and Plugin is Plugin, not plug-in (what you put into a wall electrical socket).
Past WordPress Wednesday News Reports
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.5.1 Released, WordPress 2008 in August, Plugins Contest, 3 Million, WordPress.com Responds to Brazil Court Ban, and More
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordCamps Everywhere, Webware 100 Again, Plugins to Fix WordPress 2.5, Change Admin Colors, and More
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.5 Issues, WordCamps Everywhere, Mullenweg Addresses Security Fears, Coffee2Code Finishes 14 Days of Plugins, and More
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.5, Security Issues, Plugins Updated, WordPress vs WordPressMU, and More
- WordPress Wednesday Special Edition: WordPress 2.5
- WordPress Wednesday News: Sneak Peeks of WordPress 2.5, Beta Released, WordCamp Dallas Next Week, and More WordPress News
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.5 Due March 17, Administration Plugins May Break, Tons of Plugins Updated, Add Buttons to Toolbar, WordPress Dallas and Now Milan!
WordPress News Sources
- WordPress Planet
- WordPress Development Blog
- WordPress.com Blog
- Weblog Tools Collection
- The WordPress Podcast
- Lorelle on WordPress
- Planet WordPress from Planet Ozh
- WordPress Publisher Blog
- WordPress Weekly live show with Jeffro2pt0
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Author: Lorelle VanFossen
The author of Lorelle on WordPress and the fast-selling book, Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging, as well as several other blogs, Lorelle VanFossen has been blogging for over 15 years, covering blogging, WordPress, travel, nature and travel photography, web design, web theory and development extensively as web technologies developed.