WordPress Wednesday News: WordCamps Everywhere, Apache Patch for Securer Passwords, WordPress Plugin Contest, and More WordPress News

Filed as Features on May 21, 2008 11:01 am

WordPress news is a little light this week, but there is a lot of working going on behind the scenes. Barry Abramson announces an Apache patch that works with the new WordPress secure password storage. Have you gotten your new secure password? The popular WP-Scanner by Blog Security might soon offer premium services. Weblog Tools Collection launches their WordPress Plugin contest with some big bangs and great Plugins. If you are using WordPressMU, be sure and upgrade for security reasons. WordCamps are popping up all over the world. And more WordPress news.

WordPress News

WordCamps Sprouting Everywhere: Is there going to be a WordCamp near you? Thinking of starting one? Check in the calendar section below for a listing of the announced WordCamps and where to find more information on how to start your own in your area.

Apache Patch: Barry Abramson writes about mod_auth_mysql and phpass, a new patch for Apache authentication which works with the new WordPress secure password storage feature.

WordPress Plugin Competition: Weblog Tools Collection has announced a new WordPress Plugin Competition specifically for WordPress 2.5 has started. Get your Plugin in right away, and fans, start lining up to see some of the best of the best showcase their work on this popular competition.

WP-Scanner May Go Premium: Blog Security reports on changes to their popular wp-scanner which scans your blog to check its vulnerability and risk factors. They are working with GNUCITIZEN on possibly merging it with their services, which may add premium services like scanning your entire web server. It’s open for discussion, so if you have an opinion on this, jump in.

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.

WordPressMU Updated: Donncha O’Caoimh has announced the update of WordPressMU, the multi-user version of WordPress. It is now WordPressMU 1.5.1 and synchronizes with WordPress 2.5.1 and includes a few other bug and security fixes.

Give Something Back to WordPress: Jeff Chandler of Weblog Tools Collection has written “24 Ways To Contribute To WordPress” with suggestions on how to get involved in helping WordPress development.

WordPress Podcast: The WordPress Podcast: Episode 41 covered the release of WordPress 2.5.1, Sphere integration into WordPress.com blogs, Webware 100 award winners, and a lot more WordPress and WordPress.com news.

WP Weekly Podcast: Jeffro announced that Matt Mullenweg will be on the May 23 WordPress Weekly Live Show and he plans to talk to him about WordPress trademarks, Automattic plans and future, the development of the new WordPress 2.5 Administration Panels, and more. This is your chance to talk to Matt live, so go check it out. Last week’s WordPress Weekly covered about some WordPress training videos, The Farms Theme Pack and more.

Do You Want to Help with WordPress Development and Community? If you would like to help with the , 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: WordPressMU Updated, Press-It Coming Back, WordCamp Milan, WordPress Keys, and Plugin Contest News.

WordPress on Your Calendar

WordPress Events CalendarWordCamps and WordPress Meetups Everywhere: Minneapolis is going to have a WordCamp. Boston and Los Angeles now have WordPress Meetups. What’s the difference? A WordPress Meetup is a social gathering that happens on a regular basis, usually monthly, where WordPress fans can get together and talk WordPress and blogging. There are sometimes special speakers or a topic for discussion, and the focus is on the social.

WordCamps are fairly structured events that happen annually and encompass a lot of speakers and coordination. They also offer a great opportunity for bloggers and WordPress fans to meet and share their WordPress expertise and experiences. It’s also a chance for sponsors to meet with bloggers and vise verse, so we all learn more about how all this blogging and WordPress stuff works.

If you would like to start a WordPress Meetup, just finding a meeting place and announce it among your friends, and add a listing to the Yahoo Upcoming events for WordPress, as many track WordPress event announcements there.

If you would like to sponsor or host a WordCamp, check out the new official site for tracking WordCamps is WordCamp Central, which includes instructions and guidelines for running a WordCamp.

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.

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.

Here are some WordPress-related dates and events to put on your calendar as found on the WordPress Roadmap and the WordPress Meetup Group Listings (subject to change):

WordPress Plugins and Themes News

WordPress Plugins DatabaseGreasemonkey 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.

Finding WordPress Plugins: For more WordPress Plugins see the official WordPress Plugin Directory, the WordPress Plugins Database, and Weblog Tools Collection Plugin and Theme announcements.

WordPress Techniques and Tips

Here are some more interesting WordPress tips I’ve uncovered:

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 lorelleonwordpress@gmail.com.

WordPress Community News

WordPress Community graphicLooking for a WordPress Expert? If you are looking for a WordPress expert, try the WordPress Consultants list the WordPress Jobs listings, and the WP-Pro mailing list.

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.

Get Your WordPress Mug: I love my new WordPress mug and shared my love with a lot of people recently. Go get yours at the along with t-shirts and hoodies.

Vote for WordPress Ideas: There is still time to get your vote in for ideas on upcoming versions of WordPress in the The 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 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 and . Also, remember, it’s spelled “WordPress” not “WordPress”. Oh, and Plugin is Plugin, not plug-in (what you put into a wall electrical socket).

Found a Bug in WordPress? If you find a bug in WordPress, report it by following the instructions in Reporting Bugs on the , the online manual for WordPress Users.

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