WordPress Wednesday News: Beta 3 Released, WordCamp Australia, No WordPress 2.6.4, and More

Filed as Features on November 21, 2008 11:22 am

WordPress 2.7 is at beta version 3 and the first Release Candidate is due any moment. I’ve collected tons of articles covering the next release of WordPress, expected to be one of the most exciting ever. WordCamp Australia is this weekend. Old versions of WordPress continue to be hacked, so please upgrade and not wait for WordPress 2.7. Be warned that if you are using WordPress 2.6.4, it could be fake. And more WordPress news.

WordPress News

WordPress 2.7 Development News: WordPress 2.7 Beta 3 fixed a lot of styles and design elements for the new interface, integrating 144 commits since beta 2. This version also includes an update for the first WordPress Plugin, “Hello Dolly.” The media upload buttons now have an “if available” option. They won’t show unless the ability to upload is available. QuickPress now features “Submit for Review” if the contributor can’t publish posts directly. They’ve added an API to the Administration Panels to make adding screen options easier. The Release Candidate One should be available any time now in final preparation for release by the end of the month if all continues on its right track. and will have WordPress 2.7 fully integrated a couple weeks later.

Jacob Santos has written “10 WordPress Features You’ll Never Care About”, a great list of some of the invisible features that helps make WordPress 2.7 even better, even if you can’t see or ever use them.

The WordPress 2.7: Project Icon for WordPress 2.7 is done and the winners are Ben Dunkle and Verena Segert. The two icon sets will be incorporated after some final adjustments into RC1.

Other articles and news about WordPress 2.7 include:

Will Automatic Upgrade Work With Your Web Host? WordPress 2.7 will feature the new Core Update automatic upgrading for WordPress, but can your server handle it? A article on the , the online manual for WordPress Users, “Core Update Host Compatibility” explores whether or not the new feature will work with a specific web hosting company. NOTE: The upgrade feature may not work when updating to WordPress 2.7, but designed to work after upgrading.

Fake WordPress Malicious Site: Take care when searching for WordPress that you do not end up on a fake WordPress site. Wordpresz.org looks like the site but isn’t. The version of WordPress you download has malicious code in the download that opens a backdoor to your blog. If you upgraded WordPress to 2.6.4, you are running a fake version. There is no WordPress 2.6.4. The latest version is 2.6.3. This is just the first attempt and Automattic is looking at ways to keep users informed and warned, but pay attention to details and check the URL carefully before downloading WordPress. For more information see these articles, but please, do not click through to the fake WordPress site mentioned:

Learn the Jargon on WordPress: If you are new to WordPress, check out WordPress Semantics – Learning the Jargon, a great article on the , the online manual for WordPress Users, that introduces you to the proper names for all those parts and pieces on WordPress. While people may call it the Dashboard, the Dashboard is just one panel within the WordPress Administration Panels. Using the right names for things helps when asking for help on the or writing articles about using WordPress.

Don’t Let WordPress Get in Your Domain Name: A number of WordPress fan and “get-rich-quick-with-WordPress” sites have been starting up lately using “WordPress” in their domain name. This is in violation of the WordPress trademark. Before you do the same, reconsider. If you find a site using WordPress in their domain name, remind them of the trademark rules so they won’t be asked later to remove it.

Wall Street Journal Adds Another WordPress Blog: The WordPress Publisher Blog announced that the Wall Street Journal Magazine is now running as a CMS on WordPress.

LinkedIn Gets WordPressed: LinkedIn has added a variety of applications you can add to your LinkedIn page, including WordPress for LinkedIn. It works with full versions of WordPress and WordPress.com blogs to bring feed coverage of your blog to your Profile Page in a drag-and-drop module.

Showcasing the Best WordPress Blogs: The new WordPress Showcase highlights what are called the “best and brightest WordPress users who are using WordPress to do a lot more than blog.” Hosted on the site, they showcase screenshots and summary descriptions as examples of the possible with WordPress. For the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of the various blogs from different categories and tags to introduce you to the art of the possible with WordPress. This week showcases blogs tagged Music, which includes some very popular bands and singers.

The WordPress Podcast: The WordPress Community, better known as the WordPress Podcast, has a new look and design. Two week’s ago, Episode 46: WordPress 2.7 preview, Automattic acquires PollDaddy, Podcasting for Dummies and Practical Web Design Magazine featured Amazon S3 WordPress Plugin Simple Storage Service, MobilePress, WordCamps, and WordPress Plugins, Themes and tips.

WordCast Podcast: The latest episode, WordCast 36: Matt Mullenweg, proud papa, covers the beta releases of WordPress 2.7, WordPress Plugin that discriminate against visitors, game site WordPress Themes, songs, and more.

WordPress Weekly Podcast: The latest episode, WordPress – An Icon Of Its Time, covers the WordPress 2.7 icon competition, IntenseDebate reopening, a drag and drop tutorial, stick posts in WordPress 2.7, optimization tips, displaying archived posts in a new way, and more WordPress tips, news, and Plugins.

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: 2.7 Delayed, Sneak Peak Video, Help WordPress iPhone, WordCamps.

WordPress on Your Calendar

WordPress Events CalendarWordPress 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 calendarh.

Upcoming WordCamps not scheduled or confirmed:

Upcoming WordCamp and WordPress Event News

WordCamp Australia News: WordCamp Australia in Sydney is next weekend, November 29-30, 2008. Registration is heating up and may fill, so get signed up soon.

WordCamp Las Vegas: If you are heading to WordCamp Las Vegas, the hosting hotel, Palace Station Hotel & Casino, has a discount for lodging if you Book Online or by phone at 800.634.3101 and use the discount code PCIWCLV before December 10, 2008.

WordCamp Whistler: The latest WordCamp Whistler Update for the January 24, 2009, event of skiing, photography, and WordPress is set and there will be an admission for the event, though they are seeking sponsors to keep the prices down as low as possible. This unique WordCamp is expected to fill very fast as it is set in one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world. There is now a Facebook event set for those wanting to sign up, as well as a WordCamp Whistler Barcamp Page.

WordCampNOLA: WordCampNOLA in New Orleans has been announced and a Twitter account set up to generate interest. They are looking at scheduling the event in March 2009.

Past WordCamp Events

WordCamp Charlotte: WordCamp Charlotte welcome and Mark Jaquith’s slide shows are up and available for viewing on the WordCamp Charlotte site, along with Promotion Panel – Corey Creed on SEO and Content is King – Sarah Aarthum. An amusing moment was had for many with a man stuck in an elevator during the WordCamp event.

WordCamp Israel: WordCamp Israel 2008 (English) was last week and had more than 500 attendees for a very successful event in Tel Aviv.

WordCamps and WordPress Meetups Everywhere

WordPress Plugins and Themes News

WordPress Plugins DatabaseIntenseDebate WordPress Plugin: Intense Debate has a new user-friendly WordPress Plugin available.

Understanding WordPress Nounces: Vladimir Prelovac offers “Improving security in WordPress Plugins using Nonces” as a guide to help you understand how WordPress uses nonces (number used once) to protect Plugins against cross-site request forgery (CSRF) hacker-attacks. If you are a WordPress Plugin developer, especially using AJAX, it’s important you understand the security risks involved in using nounces.

Twitter Tools Digest WordPress Plugin: Alex King reports problems with his Twitter Tools Digest WordPress Plugin and offers a fix to solve the issue with duplicate digests.

Interesting WordPress Plugins:

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 interesting WordPress tips I’ve found as I explore the web looking for WordPress resources:

WordPress Tips on Twitter: I’ve started sharing WordPress Tips I’ve collected over the past couple years on Twitter at @lorelleonwp. I’ll be posting one WordPress tip link every morning (PST) covering recent versions of WordPress and WordPress usages and features.

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.com News

WordPress.com W logoPrepare for WordPress 2.7: Within the next month, WordPress 2.7 features will begin appearing on WordPress.com. For most people, the biggest changes will be in the Administration Panel interface. Under the hood, you will see improvements in speed, multimedia uploading, and Google Gears integration. Watch your WordPress Dashboard panel for updates and news. Expect the new interface to make your WordPress blogging experience easier and faster.

WordPress Community News

WordPress Community graphicWordPress and Education: Matt Mullenweg reports there is a new mailing list for discussion of WordPress and education on the mailing lists.

WordPress Logos: The official WordPress logos are available on as are WordPress fan art featuring variations on the WordPress logo and artwork.

Things You Need to Know in the WordPress Community:

Past WordPress Wednesday News Reports

WordPress News Sources

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  1. By Jeffro2pt0 posted on November 22, 2008 at 1:41 am
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    I’ve ended up talking to someone who is local to my area and if the cards fall in the right place, I just may be able to be one of the people to actively have WordPress Meetups. I’ve been wanting to do one for awhile but have not wanted to go at it alone. Thankfully, I’ve come across someone else who is interested in the idea and I think we’ll give it a shot.

    Outside of my connection to the web, I know of no one that knows what WordPress is.

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    • By Lorelle VanFossen posted on November 22, 2008 at 12:43 pm
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      You are such a lightweight, my friend. You will be surprised how many come out of the woodwork when you make the announcement and start spreading the word. Maybe only two will show up, but within a couple of months, that number will grow. Be brave. Mark Ghosh thought the same thing and look where he is now. :D

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  2. By Jeffro2pt0 posted on November 22, 2008 at 1:18 pm
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    I am a light weight, but you continue to be an inspiration for me. I’d love to be able to travel around the world to meet with people using the software known as WordPress. I’ve always had this feeling that perhaps I could become a male version of you. Although my work output is no where near yours at the current time, I hope I’m slowly making my way up the totem pole.

    Getting into the local scene will probably be a lot oaf fun. To actually sit down and have face to face conversations will be refreshing considering most of my conversations take place through someones comment form.

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  3. By Jacob Santos posted on November 22, 2008 at 7:37 pm
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    Sadly, the comments made by Ozh and I on the post you linked to were deleted when I failed to make certain I was deleting the right tables in the right database. Luckily, there was a 16 hour old backup, but it didn’t have the recent comments.

    There was something bought up by Ozh that I made a patch for. Oh yeah, it had to do with the HTTP API.

    Anyway, thanks for linking to my articles.

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  4. By Jacob Santos posted on November 22, 2008 at 11:07 pm
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    Oh yeah, I wanted to say that WordPress Mu is already merging the changes from WordPress 2.7 over. It isn’t completely done and it doesn’t all look pretty, but I think it should be out a lot quicker than previous versions.

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  5. By Joaquin posted on November 24, 2008 at 12:13 am
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    Awesome to get an overview of WP’s world. Thanks for this!
    By the way, WC Argentina was held on November 8th with Matt presence.

    You are doing a great work guy,

    Cheers,

    J.-

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