WordPress: Put Down The Eggnog And Update Your Blog Right Now

For those of you who choose to self host your WordPress blogs, you probably have been noticing security updates for your blog (or CMS site) asking you to update your blog to version 3.0.x over the past few weeks.

While many users usually ignore these warnings (for a variety of reasons), the WordPress founder (Matt Mullenweg) is asking users to update their blogs to version 3.0.4 in order to avoid your blog succumbing to the hands of hackers.

Version 3.0.4 of WordPress, available immediately through the update page in your dashboard or for download here, is a very important update to apply to your sites as soon as possible because it fixes a core security bug in our HTML sanitation library, called KSES. I would rate this release as “critical.”

I realize an update during the holidays is no fun, but this one is worth putting down the eggnog for. In the spirit of the holidays, consider helping your friends as well. (WordPress News)

For those of you blogging upon WordPress only hosting sites like Page.ly, PressHarbor and WPEngine, your sites should automatically be updated to the latest version (note: VaultPress Premium users should also be safe, but it’s always a good idea to update your blogs anyways).

However if you are unable to access your blog it might be a good idea to contact your host (or a trusted friend) to see if they will update your blog on your behalf.

Security guru’s can take a look at the changes over here, although all self hosting WordPress users should update their blogs as soon as possible, as the last thing you want to see in 2011 is your blog compromised by a nefarious hacker.

Image Credit: Norebbo

Weebly Blogs Are Now 100% iPhone Friendly


Weebly, a blog platform geared more towards the average user (instead of technical geeks) has finally rolled out an update that will excite premium users who just happen to boast an iOS device.

We’ve just upgraded the Weebly video player to now support fallback to HTML5 video on systems that don’t support Flash. In practice, this means that the videos now work on mobile phones and on the iPad! […]

It’s our small way of saying “Thanks” to Weebly Pro users for your support! We thrive on your continued feedback to let us know what we’re doing right, what we could be doing better, and what new features we should build next. (Official Weebly Blog)

The embrace of HTML5 videos should complete Weebly’s belated embrace of the mobile web, especially right after the company began to court mobile layouts for the platforms blogs.

Despite the embrace of the mobile web, the company has yet to announce any plans on developing an official iOS app or even one for Android.

While Weebly lacks the market share of WordPress.com and Tumblr, the company surprisingly receives more traffic than Squarespace (at least as far as unique visitors go).

With the new year upon us, hopefully the company will seriously consider embracing mobile smartphones (not to mention tablets) in the future, as it could help Weebly appeal more to the masses.

WordPress Founder Shares Views About AdSense, Hosting And More

Matt Mullenweg (the founder of WordPress and Automattic) was recently interviewed by the legendary Robert Scoble (who was taking questions from users on Twitter).

During the interview (which was produced by Silicon Prairie News) Matt shared his opinions regarding AdSense, WordPress security, hosting companies and even social buttons (the latter which he humorously referred to as “mullets”). [Read more…]

Who’s Stealing Tumblr’s Name On Windows Phone 7?


Although Tumblr does have official apps upon Blackberry, iPhone and Android, they have yet to release an official app for Windows Phone 7.

Unfortunately it looks like a third party developer (by the name of “sefirot”) has decided to cash in on Tumblr’s lack of official presence by naming their app after the micro blogging site.

Although technically the app is called “Tumblr.” (with a period at the end), it’s doubtful that Tumblr’s lawyers are going to let the app pass unchallenged lest users confuse it for the official app (which can easily damage Tumblr’s brand).

While Tumblr doesn’t seem to mind third party developers utilizing their name within an app (which Ad Astra Consulting did with WPTumblr), it is doubtful that they will be thrilled with the idea of someone using their corporate name which is trademarked.

Ironically something similar happened to Twitter last year (although the company quickly changed the name to TwitterKiss later on) and I would not be surprised if Tumblr’s lawyers contact Microsoft in order to have the app removed or renamed before the year is out.

As 2010 Ends, b2evolution 4.0 Begins

After waiting many months the core developers of b2evolution released a stable version of their latest blog/CMS software (on Christmas day nonetheless).

While many of the changes are under the hood, version 4.0 does packs some helpful changes which should make it easier for bloggers sporting the software to combat comment spam.

This version has been one year in the making. If you look back at feature lists for the alpha and beta releases, it is pretty impressive how many new features have been added, as well as the polishing of existing features to make the usage of the software more efficient. There also have been quite a few additions to make spam cleaning a breeze with one click javascript (Ajax) actions. […]

This version also has a new default: users will no longer receive email notifications by default for every spam comment that people attempt to post. (b2evolution News)

As mentioned earlier during their beta release, b2evolution 4.0 also supports a fully functioning Twitter plugin which should help the nimble blog/CMS compete against what is quickly becoming a crowded market.

Despite sharing some of the DNA of its WordPress sibling, b2evolution has not gained as much popularity of its former sibling, although the developers are hoping to change that throughout the upcoming years as they build towards version 5.0 in 2011.

Facebook Places Debuts Upon Windows Phone 7


For those of you who received a shiny new Windows Phone 7 this Christmas, you’ll be excited to know that an update has been rolled out for the Facebook app which should help bring it one step closer to it’s Blackberry sibling.

For everyone that got a shiny new Windows Phone for the holidays or for those with phones already that were too busy shopping and eating to pop into the Marketplace for some app updates, a couple cool features were added to the Facebook app you should go grab now. The Facebook app for Windows Phone now supports their location based service called Places, and also the ability to tag your friends in photos all from your phone. (Windows Phone Blog)

Currently the app does not support video uploading, although that has more to do with the mobile OS itself and not the lack of foresight from the developers (which is why other apps like WordPress also lack this feature).

Although this is the official Facebook app for Windows Phone 7, it is not supported by the Facebook team (at least not internally), as the social network only supports  iPhone, Android and Ovi (for Nokia).

While the app still has a long ways to go before catching up to its iPhone and Android cousins, the latest update should help strengthen the social king’s hold upon the mobile verse, as well as help Facebook compete against Foursquare (who already has an app upon the device).

Image Credit: Microsoft

7 Sites to Find Paid Blogging Jobs


Whether you’ve recently decided to try and turn your writing into a revenue source or are an experience freelance writer looking for more work, finding new blogging jobs can be a daunting task.

Due to the global economic downturn, competition for freelance positions has never been stronger as more and more writers are looking for and applying for the same jobs. This makes it critical to know where to look for writing jobs and to be able to find the positions that others might not be aware of.

Fortunately, there are many sites to help you find good paid blogging gigs, it is simply a matter of knowing where to look and what to look for. With that in mind, here are seven sites to help get you started. [Read more…]

Foursquare Users Upload One Photo Per Second

Foursquare Photos with commenting

Foursquare Photos with commentingFoursquare users using the popular iPhone app were given the ability this week to upload photos to their check-ins and comment on their own and other friends photos and with that new option has come a huge increase in the number of photos being uploaded to the location based service.

Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley has announced that every one second a photo is being uploaded to the site and that number is expected to increase when the Android photo sharing option goes live today.

With the increase in the number of photos being uploaded to the site and that number expected to grow rapidly as Foursquare’s market share continues to grow, Crowley is working the rounds to ensure that the issue of scale is dealt with.

Crowley in a Tweet told @benpopper:

“Ha, We spent all summer scaling in infrastructure in anticipation of this. And nooowww it’s time for the new features to roll out.”

[Read more…]

WordPress 3.1 Release Delayed

Those of you waiting for the release of WordPress 3.1 (which includes useful tools like the internal linking feature) will be sad to hear that it’s release has been pushed back until next year.

As everyone knows, we’re behind on the 3.1 release schedule, and as we have not hit RC yet, it’s unlikely we’ll release before the end of the year. Sad Christmas. There are 11 tickets in the milestone right now. I know it’s the holidays, so people are busy, but it also means people are taking time off work and hanging around killing time in a lot of cases, so if everyone could pitch in and test the crap out of things, that would be great. (WordPress Development Updates)

For those of you who have time to spare, you can help the WordPress community beta test version 3.1 by installing the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (note: only use upon a demo blog) and report any issues upon the WordPress Trac.

There is no word on an estimate of when a stable version of WordPress 3.1 will be available to the masses, although after the Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties are settled down, we will hopefully see a version appear in January of 2011.

Image Credits: Norebbo

Reeder’s iPad App Copied By Google Reader Rival? UPDATE: MobileRSS Responds


Unlike Android which has an official Google Reader app, iOS fans have to rely upon the creativity and skill of third party companies to help them manage their feed accounts while on the go.

Apparently Reeder’s skill and creativity for their iPad App have been heavily “borrowed” by Nibirutech who recently announced a new layout for their MobileRSS HD iPad app (as shown in the image below).

More images can be seen over here, although MobileRSS is receiving a lot of scorn on Twitter right now, as many people are seeing the obvious similarities between the two Google Reader apps which are hard to ignore.

MobileRSS HD for iPad seriously rips off @reeder UI. Flattery or obnoxious rip off? (via @BinduWavell)

Thus far Nibirutech has yet to respond to these allegations, although the company may want to decide something soon as they have already lost support for MobileRSS from fellow iOS developers (Instapaper and Read It Later), and risk damaging their reputation further by delaying a response.

Note: We will update this post if we hear anything new from Nibirutech. [Read more…]