WordPress Wednesday News: WordCamp Melbourne Sold Out Success, WordPress 2.4 Delayed, Security News, Rumors and Scams, and More
WordCamp Melbourne was a sell out and a success. WordPress 2.4 delayed a over a month. More WordPress security news and tips you must use. Rumors flying about WordPress as a big money maker and Matt Mullenweg spending silly, and his mother reprimanding him. And more WordPress news you can use.
WordPress 2.4 Will Be Released January 24, 2008: Ryan Boren announced that WordPress 2.4 will now be released on January 24th instead of December 12, 2007. WordPress 2.4 will feature the new Administration Panels design, which will change the way the backend of WordPress works.
WordCamp Melbourne: Australia’s WordCamp Melbourne November 17 was a sold out success from the sounds of it. Here are some resources about the WordPress event:
- WordCamp Melbourne 2007 Program of Speakers
- WordCamp Melbourne Tweets on Twitter
- Pictures on Flickr
- WordCamp Melbourne Del.icio.us Bookmarks
- WordCamp Melbourne Google Blog Search
- Technorati and WordCamp Melbourne Posts
- James Farmer of IncSub – Revisiting WordCamp Melbourne 2007
- Eight Black WordCamp Melbourne post category and videos
WordPress on Your Calendar: 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):
- The Baltimore-Washington WordPress November Meetup – November 24, 2007
- The Austin WordPress Meetup Group – November 26, 2007
- WordPress 2.0.+ – December 1, 2007
- Blog Business Summit Now in Seattle – December 5-6, 2007
WordPress 2.4 – December 12, 2007
- The New York City WordPress December Meetup – December 15, 2007
- WordPress 2.4 Released – January 24, 2007
- WordCamp Hamburg – January 26-27, 2008
- WordCamp Dallas – March 29-30, 2008
- WordPress 2.5 – April 1, 2008
- WordPress 2.5 – May 5, 2008
- WordCamp 2008 in San Francisco – July 2008 (waiting confirmation)
If you are having a WordPress-related event that isn’t on the calendar, post them below or via email.
Lorelle at WordCamp Israel: I’ve just posted a fleshed-out version of the talk I gave in Tel Aviv, WordCamp Israel WordPress Tips Talk, with a lot of tips WordPress users should know about using WordPress and power blogging with WordPress.
WordPress 2.3.1 Released: The latest version of WordPress is out and contains security fixes, which makes this a mandatory upgrade. For a list of all the changes between the last two versions, see the Trac, and download WordPress 2.3.1. For more information, see Peter Westwood’s description of the changes in WordPress 2.3.1. Also see PlanetOzh’s WordPress Upgrade Script for those with shell access to their web server, making upgrading WordPress “a matter of painless seconds”.
WordPress Security News: There are some security issues and scams WordPress users need to know about. Blog Security reports more WordPress bloggers are targets for spam hackers because they haven’t been updated. Be sure and get your blog updated in order to protect it from these hackers and time wasters. They also report that there are numerous WordPress Security Scam Artists offering Plugins and tips for keeping your blog secure, when in fact it either doesn’t work or does worse things. I recommend you run your WordPress blog through the WP Scanner WordPress Plugin which checks for vulnerabilities in your blog, Theme and elsewhere, and read the Secure WP Whitepaper and WP Hardening Project for more information.
Reconsidering Upgrading WP-CONFIG.PHP: Quick Online Tips offers tips on the
wp-config.php and whether or not you should upgrade that file when you upgrade WordPress. Their advice, don’t. Upgrading can change the character set for the database. For more information see the WordPress Codex article on editing wp-config.php.
WordPress Podcast: WordPress Podcast: Episode 31: Automattic acquires Gravatar, Automattic being acquired? is the latest podcast for the WordPress Community and covers those topics and more including the new native tag feature in WordPress, hot Plugins, Themes, and news.
WordPress 2.4 Digest: WordPress Weekly Digest 12th November to 18th November 2007 describes improvements to WordPress 2.4 covering error messages, improvements to WXR Importer and Exporter, updates to the Post Preview feature, caching, and more.
Vote for WordPress Ideas: Did you know you could have your say in how WordPress works? You can add your idea and vote on any of the ideas to push them to the top in getting them added or removed from WordPress future versions. The WordPress Ideas section on WordPress is an open forum for you to have your say. Why not take advantage of it and add your voice to the vote.
Last Week’s WordPress Wednesday News: Last week’s WordPress Wednesday News report covered Censoring WordPress.com, New Comment Spam Fighter, More Blog Security News, WordCamp Melbourne, BlogWorld Expo, and More WordPress News, if you would like to catch up with the news on WordPress.
New To WordPress.com: If you are new to blogging on WordPress.com, check out this basic guide on What Do I Do With My New WordPress.com Blog?.
What’s Hot on WordPress.com? The hottest blogs on WordPress.com were:
- Lolcats ‘n’ Funny Pictures – I Can Has Cheezburger?
- CNN Political Ticker
- pollycoke :)
- Les Amateurs de Stars
- 38 Pitches
- Tennis Planet
- POPSEOUL! entertainment, style and beauty in seoul
The hottest blog posts on WordPress.com were:
- Pop Quiz: Who has wind blown hair?
- Cento modi per usare pollycoke :)
- Wrestler Ric Flair supporting Mike Huckabee
- If you have any poo – fling it now
- Monday November 19 Show: POST YOUR SHOW COMMENTS RIGHT HERE!
- Después de 1211 días, vuelve XMMS!!
- Obama takes the tough questions
- Compiz Fusion Community News for November 20th: Features, Features, Features
- i try to put on a happy face
- Alan Alda
WordPress Plugins and Themes News
Easy Gravatars WordPress Plugin Updated: Easy Gravatars WordPress Plugin has been improved with images linked to comment author’s URL, stylesheet options added, and more customization. Work is ongoing for supporting other blog networks and services and adding favicons for pingbacks and trackbacks.
WordPress Super Cache Running in Windows IIs or Apache: The NeoSmart Files released “Getting WordPress Super Cache to Run on a Windows (IIS or Apache) Server” with tips and techniques for those wanting to run WordPress Super Cache Plugin on those server systems.
Role Manager Updated: The popular WordPress Role Manager Plugin has been updated and now permits even more control over your blog’s users, contributors, authors, editors, and even administrators.
WPhone Plugin Wins! The WPhone has won WordPress iPhone Plugin Competition hosted by Matt Mullenweg and is quickly becoming one of the most popularly downloaded WordPress Plugins. It works with iPhones and other mobile phones to allow you to blog easily from your cell phone.
Interesting WordPress Plugins: Some interesting WordPress Plugins I’ve stumbled across recently include:
- DualFeeds WordPress Plugin turns your WordPress built-in feed into two separate feeds, one for full posts and the other for summary or excerpts, giving readers the option of choosing.
- Joost’s Blog Metrics WordPress Plugin was written in response to new research and recommendations on measuring your blog’s success and traffic and includes author contribution rates and conversion rates to your WordPress Dashboard panel.
- WP User Manager WordPress Plugin adds some CMS features to WordPress including extra meta data user fields for advanced customization of multiple user/contributer blogs.
- Advanced Search WordPress Plugin claims to improve the built-in search functions of WordPress. I couldn’t find details as the information is skimpy, but improvements to the way WordPress searches are needed.
Finding WordPress Plugins: For more WordPress Plugins see the official WordPress Plugin Directory, which now lists 1,204 plugins and 2,177,105 downloads, the WordPress Plugins Database, and Weblog Tools Collection of WordPress Plugins released daily.
Plugins from the WordPress Plugins Directory: The comments is the second most popular tags on the WordPress Plugin Directory, and I thought I’d list a few of the more than 80 Plugins in that tag.
- Defensio Anti-Spam
- AJAX Comments WPMUified
- Riffly Webcam Video Comments
- WP AJAX Edit Comments
- WordPress Thread Comment
- Absolute Comments
- Hide or Show Comments
- Get Error Message There
- Comment Timeout
- FAQ Auto Responder
- Better Comments Manager
- Comment License
- Comments Notifier
- Comment Recovery
- Edit Comments XT
- Ajax Comment Preview
Most Popular WordPress Themes: The WordPress Theme Viewer features more than 10 million downloads now and lists the most popular WordPress Themes as:
- Africa theme 1
- Cutline 3-Column Split 1.1
- Sodelicious Black 1.0
- Yourblog 2.0 theme
- NetWorker 1.0
- Pop Blue
- Naruto Strikes Back
- LoseMyMind 1.0 with Sidebar
- Red Secret 0.1
- Talian 1.0
WordPress Techniques and Tips
Here are some featured articles and videos from around the WordPress Community and the WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress Users, the source to turn to first for your WordPress help.
NOTE: If you would like your WordPress tip and technique included in this list, see Tips For Writing Good WordPress Tips.
- Waiting for Fairies – Working Permalinks With WordPress In It’s Own Directory
- Likoma Videos – Lost Password, Update User Info
- The Undersigned – WordPress How-to: Custom Fields
- Likoma Videos – “Clean up messy code” and “Remove formatting”
- The Undersigned – SlideShowPro and WordPress
- Perishable Press Triple Loop for WordPress
- WordPress Basics and Guide: Login to Admin
WordPress Community News
James Farmer of Edublogs in Wikipedia: James Farmer of Incorporated Subversion and Edublogs, the sister to WordPress.com, is now in Wikipedia. Farmer recently helped produce and host the successful WordCamp Melbourne and has done much to expand WordPressMU and WordPress in general worldwide. Congrats!
Rumor Mongering Again: Silicon Alley Insider reports that WordPress is now the Number two most-visited blog host, passing SixApart’s TypePad last month, according to Nielsen Online. Rumors are flying that WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg, is spending money silly and other rumors are flying around that Automattic and WordPress are up for sale. Matt says the rumors of spending are untrue, but there aren’t any facts about the sale of WordPress. Matt promised repeatedly over the years that he would never sell WordPress. Right now, let’s stick with that and stop all the conjecture and rumors. After all, most of the money is on paper, not in paper. :D
WordPress for Dummies: WordPress for Dummies is officially released Monday, October 29 by Lisa Sabin-Wilson.
Need Help With WordPressMU? Work is ongoing to improve the WordPressMU documentation on the WordPress Codex. If you need help and information on WordPressMU, start there.
WordPress Installed For Free: If you have problems installing the full version of WordPress, visit Installing WordPress for Free (aka Install4Free WordPress). This free, volunteer-driven service is limited to personal blogs only, and they help only with installations, not upgrades.
Looking for a WordPress Expert? Do you want a custom WordPress blog? Want to convert your website into a WordPress blog or use WordPress as a CMS? If you are looking for an expert in WordPress Themes, WordPress development, WordPress Plugins, or other WordPress-related expertise, check out the list of WordPress Consultants on Automattic, the parent company of WordPress, the WordPress Jobs listings, and the WP-Pro mailing list.
WordPress Jobs: WordPress Jobs is a new “service” announced by Weblog Tools Collection. It features jobs for WordPress experts and WordPress experts looking for work. Currently, the service is free as it is still in beta testing. Give it try.
Using WordPress in Your Blog’s Name: WordPress is a trademark and you are not allowed to use WordPress in your blog’s name or URL unless you have permission of Automattic and WordPress. Also, remember, it’s spelled “WordPress” not “WordPress”. Oh, and Plugin is Plugin, not plug-in (what you put into a wall electrical socket).
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Even More WordPress News?
Past WordPress Wednesday News Reports
- Censoring WordPress.com, New Comment Spam Fighter, More Blog Security News, WordCamp Melbourne, BlogWorld Expo, and More WordPress News
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress Wins and Loses, WordCamp Argentina Success, WordPressMU, and WordPress Themes on WordPress.com Debated
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.3.1 Released, Get Your Upgrade, WordPress Podcast Speaks out, WordCamp Israel a Success, Argentina is Next, and WordPress Wins.
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordCamps in Israel, Argentina, Australia, and Germany, Tons of WordPress Plugin News and Updates, Beta Security Release Announced, and More
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordCamps in Israel and Melbourne, Tag Troubles, Cell Blogging, WP-Cache and Comment troubles, and More
WordPress News Sources
- WordPress Planet
- WordPress Development Blog
- WordPress.com Blog
- Weblog Tools Collection
- BloggingPro’s WordPress News and Tips
- The WordPress Podcast
- Lorelle on WordPress
- Planet WordPress from Planet Ozh
Each Wednesday on Blog Herald is WordPress Wednesday, featuring the news around the WordPress Community. If you have a WordPress news item or tip to suggest, please contact me at this special email address: email@example.com
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.