Work on WordPress 2.7 is rocking, but a security upgrade also announced for WordPress 2.6.3. Podcamp/WordCamp Hawaii success! Hot WordCamps coming up in Israel, DC, Charlotte, Australia, and more. PollDaddy WordPress Plugin and now on WordPress.com. Akismet gets stats. Gravatars required. And more WordPress news.
Security Upgrade Announced: WordPress 2.6.3 has been released covering a Snoopy class vulnerability. This is a mandatory security upgrade and involves replacing two files. Download WordPress 2.6.3 now to protect your blog.
WordPress 2.7 Development: The WordPress 2.7 development team is working overtime to help educate and prepare the WordPress Community for WordPress 2.7 and its new interface. They have been testing the final version with some users and getting input from all over the world on how the program is working for them. The official release is due November 10, and testing will continue right up until the release. Your feedback and input is critical, so be sure and report in to the Alpha/Beta sections on the WordPress Support Forums and the mailing lists. So far, the reaction from most has been exceptionally positive and most are eager for the new version. Articles are coming out with news and information on the new version all around the web and include:
- WordPress 2.7 Feature List
- WordPress 2.7 Trac Milestone
- WordPress 2.7 Development Updates
- Ryan Boren – WordPress 2.7: Getting Ready for Public Beta
- WordPress Development Blog: The Visual Design of 2.7
- planetOzh: WordPress 2.7 Featuring Your Favorite Actions
- WordPress Child Themes and
- Child Themes in WordPress 2.7 – Part 1 and Part 2
- Jacob Santos on the hazardsof customizing Themes in WordPress 2.7
- Sivel – Separating Pings from Comments in WordPress 2.7
- Ottodestruct – WordPress 2.7 Comments Enhancements for Themes
- WordCamp NYC: Matt Mullenweg on the State of WordPress also gives a walk through of WordPress 2.7 (video)
WordPressMU Updated: With the recent announcement of WordPress 2.6.3 security update, WordPress MU 2.6.3 is out with the security protected upgrade.
PollDaddy: With the recent acquisition of PollDaddy by Automattic, WordPress.com users can now use PollDaddy on their blogs to offer polls and surveys to their users to gather more information and provide interaction. There is also a PollDaddy WordPress Plugin available for full version users.
Akismet Stats: The latest version of Akismet 2.2.1 now comes with stats to track your comment metrics including missed spam and false positives, among other stats. At WordCamps around the world, Matt Mullenweg is warning people to take care when pulling a comment out of comment spam. Some may look legit but aren’t. Comment spammers are getting smarter, but as a community supported tool, Akismet has 99.925% accuracy for capturing comment spam. Better than email at 95% accuracy.
Why Commenters and Publishers Need Gravatars: Devlounge explains “Gravatars: Why Both Commenters and Publishers Should Use It” in a great post on the benefits of using the popular Gravatars, avatars used with blogs and forums around the world to create an avatar, an image of yourself or logo, which appears when you leave comments. The new Gravatar Importer for Google Contacts imports Gravatars and syncs them with your Google contacts using Gravatars so you see their image in your Gmail account.
Anatomy of a Denial of Service Attack: Running WordPress.com servers is a complicated task, especially when fighting off enemies. In “Anatomy of a Denial of Service Attack,” WordPress.com server guru Barry Abrahamson outlines a recent Distributed Denial of Service Attack, offering an inside look into how this works and what is being done to stop them and protect WordPress.com bloggers.
Compliance with the WordPress Trademark: Recently, in compliance with the WordPress trademark and respect for the organization, Hack WordPress has rebranded as WPHacks.com with a new Theme and mission to bring even more WordPress hacks to your WordPress blog.
Feedburner Not Working? Go WordPress Feed: Many are becoming disatified with Feedburner to funnel all their WordPress blog feeds and are returning back to the native WordPress feed. Headsetoptions is disabling Feedburner feeds due to excessive abuse and scrapping of their feeds. Are you considering switching back?
The WordPress Podcast: Last week’s Episode 45 with the Matt Mullenweg Interview covered, Automattic acquisition of Intense Debate, how Automattic works, WordPress security issues, blog statistics and marketshare, GPL, the future of WordPress, WordCamps, and more. This week, Episode 46: WordPress 2.7 preview, Automattic aquires PollDaddy, Podcasting for Dummies and Practical Web Design Magazine is out and includes a new blog design, Amazon S3 WordPress Plugin Simple Storage Service, MobilePress, WordCamps, and WordPress Plugins, Themes and tips.
WordCast Podcast: WordCast 33: Thanks for the Memories featured Daniel Brusilovsky of Teens in Tech and Apple Universe covering WordPress, Small Potatoes and his Theme site, and the need for Dave Moyer to figure out how podcasting works before the next episode. Last week’s episode, WordCast 32: Is this Jeopardy question?, was a fun filled podcast on WordPress covering running a WordCamp, Gravatars, and even screaming babies on blogs.
WordPress Weekly Podcast: Configure This is the latest podcast from Jeff Chandler on Weblog Tools Collection and covers the WordPress news of the week, WordPress 2.7, inline documentation, Microsoft Web Platform Installer, and more.
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 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.
- Toronto WordPress Meetup – November 1, 2008
- WordPress Meetup – Las Vegas – November 5, 2008
- The semi-un-not-so-official WordPress Upgrade Party at CubeSpace – Portland, Oregon – November 10, 2008
- South Florida WordPress Users Inaugural Meetup and “WordPress as a CMS” – Pompano Beach, FL, November 11, 2008
- MinneWordCamp – Minneapolis – November 15, 2008
- WordCamp Charlotte – November 15, 2008
- WordCamp Israel – November 16, 2008
- New York City WordPress Meetup Group – WordPress Theme Creation Workshop – November 18, 2008
- The Boston WordPress November Meetup – November 20, 2008
- Toronto WordPress November Meetup – November 22, 2008
- Atlanta Web Design with WordPress Users Group November Meetup – November 22, 2008
- WordCampED for educators – Washington DC – November 22, 2008
- The Dallas/Ft. Worth Area WordPress November Meetup – November 22, 2008
- WordCamp Australia – Sydney – November 29-30, 2008
- WordCamp Las Vegas 2009 – Las Vegas, Nevada – January 10-11, 2009
- WordCamp Denver 2008 – January 24, 2009
- WordCamp Jena Germany – February 14, 2009
Upcoming WordCamps not scheduled or confirmed:
- WordCamp Indy (Indianaplois)
- WordCamp Augusta
- WordCamp Miami
- WordCamp Seattle
- WordCamp Argentina
WordPress Theme Program in New York: The New York City WordPress Meetup Group is offering a WordPress Theme creation workshop on November 18, 2008 for USD $5 a person.
South Florida WordPress Meetup Group: If you are living in Pompano Beach, Florida, or nearby, check out the new South Florida WordPress Users Meetup on November 11, 2008, for a discussion on WordPress as a CMS.
WordCamp Israel: WordCamp Israel (english) reports that over 250 people have registered as of last week and Raanan Bar-Cohen will be attending representing WordPress and Automattic. The event is still a couple weeks away and enthusiasm is very high.
WordPress in Wales: Peter Westwood presented Talking WordPress in Wales, a workshop on WordPress for open source software and social media enthusiasms in North Wales. He’s shared the slides of his program so everyone can learn.
Upcoming WordCamp and WordPress Event News
WordCamp Australia News: will be a speaker at WordCamp Australia in Sydney on November 29-30, 2008. Registration is open and the speakers are lining up to speak. It is expected to be a rockin’ WordCamp event.
WordCampED News: WordCamp Ed(ucation) is set for November 22, 2008, near Washington, D.C., at George Mason University Center for History and New Media. Registration is open and will include unconference style sessions. The event is free and they will be accepting donations to offset expenses. If you are an educator, edublogger, or work in education, this could be a very exciting WordPress event for you.
Past WordCamp Events
Podcamp/WordCamp Hawaii Next Weekend: Podcamp and WordCamp Hawaii on Oct 24, 2008, was a resounding success with the hashtag #pch08 making it to number two under “Halloween” on Twitter and other social media sites. It was a fabulous ending to the successful Hawaii Geek Week. I posted some articles here on the Blog Herald about the week and will do recap in the next few days.
- Aloha Hawaii Geek Week!
- Hawaii Geek Week Begins in Honolulu
- Hawaii Social Media Club is Changing Lives and Businesses
- Learning Blogging and Social Media in Hawaii
- Define Social Media
- Hawaii Geek Week Features Podcamps, WordCamps, and Lorelle
WordCamps and WordPress Meetups Everywhere: A WordPress Meetup is a frequent meeting of WordPress fans. A WordCamp is a day or two long event with sponsors and dozens if not hundreds of WordPress fans gathering annually. 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. If you would like to start a WordPress Meetup group, find 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. Also, check out the latest WordCamp news from The WordCamp Report.
WordPress Plugins and Themes News
WP Super Cache Garbage Collecting Upgrade: WP Super Cache has been upgraded with the garbage collector feature which cleans up expired cache files on a regular basis instead of after a specific number of hits.
WordPress Template Tag References and Resources: I recently highlighted a few WordPress Template Tag references and resources, including filters and hooks. planetOzh found another one: Template Tag reference to join the rest:
- Peter Westwood covers “WordPress: Tracking Deprecated Functions”
- WordPress Codex Function Reference
- WordPress Inline Documentation site with PHPdocumentor
WordPress Helper WordPress Plugin: WPHacks recommends a new FireFox Extension called WordPress Helper which adds WordPress-related features to your right-click contextual menu, helping you use WordPress even better in your browser.
Interesting WordPress Plugins:
There are now 3,198 plugins, 14,224,019 downloads, and counting in the WordPress Plugin Directory. Have you played with any new Plugins lately? Here are some goodies I found.
- Most Comments WordPress Plugin displays a list of the posts with the most comments and is customizable.
- WP-RTL WordPress Plugin adds two buttons to your TinyMCE editor to allow those writing in LTR and RTL languages to switch directions. Great for Arabic, Hebrew, and other RTL languages.
- Events WordPress Plugin creates an event calendar to track events and appointments and future projects and display them on your site.
- MobilePress WordPress Plugin assists your blog display on mobile handsets and includes customizes Themes and works across a wide spectrum of mobile browsers and devices.
- Cronjob Control WordPress Plugin shows you active WordPress cronjobs in the Administration Panels and allows you to stop the cronjobs.
WordPress Techniques and Tips
Here are some interesting WordPress tips I’ve found as I explore the web looking for WordPress resources:
- ZEPREZ WordPress Video Guides – How To Edit Posts In WordPress 2.0
- How To: Blocking Your WordPress Categories and Archives From Google
- Backing Up WordPress
- Image alignment in the new WordPress.com Interface
- Multiple Loops and Multiple Columns with WordPress, (X)HTML and CSS
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WordPress.com Comment Reply Via Email Beta Testing Project: WordPress.com announced a beta test of the new Comment Reply Via Email feature coming in WordPress 2.7. Instead of visiting the WordPress Administration Panels to respond to comments, you can get email notification and reply directly from the emails to your comments, making the process efficient and easier.
WordPress 2.7 Implementation: Already WordPress.com is using some of the new features in WordPress 2.7, and testing of some features continues. Expect to see some more inclusion of features over the next couple weeks, but Matt Mullenweg says that WordPress 2.7 in full will be on WordPress.com near to the release of the full version to the public. They are working on the full version of WordPress development and need to adjust a few features before launching it on the free blog hosting service. Be prepared for some exciting improvements to your WordPress interface.
WordPress Community News
Things You Need to Know in the WordPress Community:
- WordPress Facebook Community: WordPress on Facebook
- WordPress Schwag for Sale: WordPress Shop
- WordPress Bugs: Reporting Bugs in WordPress
- Online WordPress Manual: WordPress Codex
- Have Your Say: WordPress Ideas
- WordPress Experts Found: Automattic WordPress Consultants List, WordPress Jobs, and the WP-Pro mailing list
- Help Installing WordPress: Installing WordPress for Free
- WordPress is Trademarked: You are not allowed to use WordPress in your domain name
- WordPress is WordPress: 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: WordCamp News, WordPress 2.7, Lester Chan Plugins Famous, Super Cache Updated
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.7 Final Features, WTC Plugin Contest Winners, WordCamps, Surveys, and More
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.7 Final Features, WTC Plugin Contest Winners, WordCamps, Surveys, and More
- WordPress Wednesday News: 4 WordCamps, WordPress 2.6.2, Bad Themes, Count Twitterers, Threaded Comments, and Sticky Posts
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
- Planet WordPress Canada
- The WordCamp Report
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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.