WordPress News: WordPress 2.7 New Login, WordCamp Australia, WordPress 2.6.5 Security Update, BuddyPress, and More

Filed as Features on November 27, 2008 11:38 pm

WordPress 2.7 is at beta version 3 and will be released by the end of the month, so rumors fly. Expect an announcement at WordCamp Australia by Matt Mullenweg this weekend. WordPress 2.6.5 is a security release – update now. WordPressMU also updated. BuddyPress about to release December 15. WordCamps are heating up for January and the first few months – filling up fast so get your registration in now for one near you. Some WordPress 2.7 release parties are forming. And more WordPress news.

WordPress News

WordPress 2.6.5 Released: A security release of WordPress has come out and you are highly recommended to upgrade now, rather than wait for the release of WordPress 2.7. The release version is 2.6.5, not to be confused with the malicious version, WordPress 2.6.4. WordPress 2.6.5 tackles an XSS exploit that impacts only IP-based virtual servers running Apache 2.x and three other fixes. You can upgrade the whole thing, or just the five files which have been changed.

WordPressMU Updated: Donncha reports that WordPressMU 2.6.5 has been released to include the XSS vulnerability fix.

BuddyPress Scheduled for December 15: According to a note in the BuddyPress Forums, the social networking WordPress Theme especially for WordPressMU versions has a feature freeze in preparation for release on December 15, 2008, a much anticipated release.

WordPress 2.7 Development News: While some in the United States took a couple days of rest and family time for the Thanksgiving holiday, work continued on WordPress 2.7 due out the end of November, though it might be a week into December. WordPress 2.7 Beta 3 is the latest testing version released. A newly redesigned login page has been developed with screenshots available around the web.

Other articles and news about WordPress 2.7 include:

FireFox Screen Grab to WordPress Extension: Download Squad has replaced their old screen capture technique with the Screen Grab to WordPress FireFox Extension, an extension that not only grabs screenshots but it sends the images directly to your WordPress blog from within FireFox. It should speed up the process of adding screen captures to your blog tremendously. I’ll be researching and reporting on this soon, so watch my blog.

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.

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.

The WordPress Podcast: Episode 47: WordPress 2.7 Beta 3, WordCamp Australia, bbPress 1.0 also included WordCamp and WordPress.com news with Charles Stricklin and Jonathan Bailey, with guests, Anthony Cole and Sam Bauers, discussing WordCamp Australia.

WordCast Podcast: WordCast 37: Nigerian Indians is the latest episode and includes some politically correct (and not) fun with a variety of WordPress, blogging, and totally unrelated goodies. They talk about how parents can stay connected with their child in Europe, the Sideblog WordPress Plugin versus Tumblr, WordPress spam tools or spam makers, web hosting with WordPress, and Speckyboy’s WordPress video list.

WordPress Weekly Podcast: Weblog Tools Collection: How Many Cans Of Worms? is the latest podcast debating a variety of WordPress topics and news including WordPress 2.7 Beta 3, why WordPress 2.7 is not WordPress 3.0, Project Icons, integrating WordPress Plugins into the core, adding a Twitter ID field to comments, 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 WordPress Wednesday News: Beta 3 Released, WordCamp Australia, No WordPress 2.6.4, and More.

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 calendar.

Upcoming WordCamps not scheduled or confirmed:

Upcoming WordCamp and WordPress Event News

WordCamp Australia News: WordCamp Australia in Sydney is this weekend, November 29-30, 2008. It features Matt Mullenweg and Jane Wells, along with top notch WordPress local folks from all around the country.

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. Hurry before it’s too late and registration for the event is filled. It’s expected to be a very exciting WordCamp with blogging and WordPress stars mingling with the stars of Vegas.

WordCamp Whistler: WordCamp Whistler January 24, 2009, is seeking sponsors for this incredible WordCamp, a mix of skiing, photography, and WordPress. 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 ED: The first WordCampED for educators was held in Washington DC this past weekend and was a great success. More news, videos, and information will be featured here next week. The next education WordCamp is WordCamp Higher Ed North East in Worcester, Massachusetts, on February 2, 2009.

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 DatabaseYouTube Goes High Quality and So Does Viper Quicktags Plugin: Viper007bond announced that YouTube has added high quality videos and other features, and he has updated the Video Quicktags WordPress Plugin accordingly, which allows quick and easy embedding of a variety of videos in your WordPress blog.

Andy Skelton recommends that you upgrade his Memcached WordPress Plugin before upgrading to WordPress 2.7 as it resolves a bug issue in this cache Plugin.

Designing Your Image Captions: Michael Kubler’s Blog describes how to design the new WordPress image captions within your WordPress Theme.

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.

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 Community News

WordPress Community graphicThings You Need to Know in the WordPress Community:

Past WordPress Wednesday News Reports

WordPress News Sources

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  1. By iphoneblogger posted on November 29, 2008 at 4:33 pm
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    keep it up ;)

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  2. By WordCamp NOLA posted on February 4, 2009 at 8:26 am
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    Hi everyone! We just wanted to let you all know that we’ve changed the dates of WordCamp New Orleans to April 10th-11th. Our website now has the dates, times, and the location of the even posted. A Lineup will be coming soon. Thanks for the mention!

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