WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress Themes Hacked, WordPress Schwag for Sale, Life Without Akismet, Flickr Edits, and New WordPress Baby
More WordPress Themes hacked. Buy WordPress t-shirts and hoodies for the holidays. Will you give up Akismet for a day? Live Journal sold. Flickr edits. WordPress 2.4 on track. And a new WordPress baby is born.
WordPress Security News: Scott Rosenber’s WordYard reports on “WordPress Footer Follies, his attempt to clean up unwanted hacked spam links in his footer, tracing it back to a script inserted into the
index.php files that recreated the spam links in the footer even after they had been deleted. Reports on other Theme hacks, including on Gigaom, are coming out frequently. All because WordPress users are not upgrading WordPress and their Themes. No more excuses. Upgrade WordPress now.
Blog Security recently reported on vulnerabilities with WordPress. They include:
- Multiple WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities
- Guest Blogger: Web Business Blogs Get Hacked
- WordPress Cookie Authentication Vulnerability
- WordPress Security Scam Artists
- Secure WP Whitepaper
- WP Hardening Project
They also are offering a new program called WPIDS – WordPress Intruder Detection System which is designed to detect attacks on your blog and more.
Buy WordPress Stuff: Want to give the gift of WordPress. There are t-shirts and hoodies for sale in the WordPress Shop. They warn that if you want your WordPress goodies to arrive in time for the holidays you need to order them now, and list the shipment arrival dates for countries around the world.
Are Spammers Giving Up? Wired reports “Spammers Giving Up? Google Thinks So”, a report that claims Google thinks that email spam growth is stabilized or dropping, while others claim it is still growing. With the threat of Akismet and their competition growing, any chance we’ll see the same drop for blog comment spam?
Are You Willing to Stop Using Akismet for a Day? Mark of Akismet asks if you are willing to turn off Akismet for a day. Jesper Rønn-Jensen is turning off all comment spam protection on December 15 to experience what it is really like to go without Akismet for just 24 hours. I asked my readers if they were willing to naked for a day, as did others such as PlanetOzh and Quick Online Tips, and the response was a resounding “no”. Still, if you do decide to experiment, Mark asks you to report in to Akismet and let them know what the experience was like to be “comment spam protection free” for a day.
New WordPress Baby: Congrats to Ryan Boren and family for the joyful addition of Chase Boren to the WordPress family!
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 Austin WordPress Meetup Group – November 26, 2007
- WordPress 2.0.+ – December 1, 2007
- Blog Business Summit Now in Seattle – December 5-6, 2007
- The New York City WordPress December Meetup – December 15, 2007
- The Baltimore-Washington WordPress December Meetup – December 22, 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.
Best WordPress Mashables: The Best of Mashable: WordPress by Mashable lists their “best” articles on WordPress over the past year.
WordPress 2.4 Digest: This week, Westi reported on fixes, development, and features for WordPress 2.4 including changing the verb “Login” to “Log in” as well as improvements to the login process, a new
get_user_by_email() function and improvements and fixes in the
get_user functions, improved support for
mt_allow_comments, and a warning that the change to the login value stored in the database will make reverting upgrades messy and may require resetting passwords, so back up your users table before updating to the latest trunk. You can also follow along in the weekly Trac Timeline for WordPress 2.4 development.
Flickr Offers Edit Photos Online: WordPress users who suffer from the inability to edit their images via the WordPress Administration Panels might try the new Flickr Photo Editor. Using Picnik, Flickr members can edit their photographs online, and through a variety of WordPress Plugins or Flickr tools to include the images in your WordPress blog.
WordPress Survival Guide: Ninja Blog Setup offers the “WordPress Blogger’s Survival Guide”, a fast list of things-to-do-when-WordPress-doesn’t.
LiveJournal Sold to Russian Company: One of the oldest blogging platforms, Live Journal, has been sold by Six Apart to a Russian company, SUP, who promises expansion and improvement to the “pioneering online community”. Blog services, networks, and communities are changing hangs, becoming investment commodities.
Upgrade WordPress Tips: All Things Marked offers a how-to on updating WordPress with minimal downtime with the reminder to create a “We’ll be right back” temporary “landing page” to greet visitors who arrive during the “5 minute” upgrade. :D
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.
Akismet Answering Comment Spam Questions: Mark is answering questions about comment spam on the Akismet blog, beginning with It really is spam?. He explains what comment spam used to look like, and how it is grown, and covers important points you need to know about including how the nofollow doesn’t work, comment spam/trackback spam association, spam economics, pingbacks/trackbacks and content theft, and how Akismet works best when we all work together.
Last Week’s WordPress Wednesday News: Last week’s WordPress Wednesday News report covered Will You Turn Off Akismet? WordPress 2.4 Delayed, and More WordPress News, if you would like to catch up with the news on WordPress.
WordPress.com November Stats: The November Wrap-up for WordPress.com blogs and service is out with 198 thousand new blogs and 207 thousand new users. The amazing server that handles WordPress.com blogs clocked 20 million spam comments blocked, 2.9 million logins, and 585 million pageviews total. Out of the 1,935,373 blogs counted, there were 554,812 active (human viewed) blogs in November.
New WordPress Theme for WordPress.com: WordPress.com announced a new Theme, The Journalist, has been added to its collection. It’s a simple, black-on-white, journalist/writer design with a fixed-width, two column layout and Widget support.
What’s Hot on WordPress.com? The hottest blogs on WordPress.com were:
- CNN Political Ticker
- POPSEOUL! entertainment, style and beauty in seoul
- Scobleizer — Tech geek blogger
- Les Amateurs de Stars
- Club Penguin Cheats l Glitches l Secrets
- AntonioGenna.net Blog
- Lolcats ‘n’ Funny Pictures – I Can Has Cheezburger?
- Charlotte was Both
The hottest blog posts on WordPress.com were:
- La system tray di Plasma e il problema con le GTK+
- Huckabee won’t give thoughts on Mormonism
- Papervision3D 2.0 Alpha – Great White
- Edit your photos! On Flickr!
- A Thompson-Huckabee Ticket?
- Rivals Pounce Hard on Romney for Employing Firm With Illegal Immigrants
- Deron Williams for MVP?
- Poor Joo Jinmo – Jo Insung shows his true colors
- Call of Duty 5 y Guitar Hero IV
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?.
WordPress Plugins and Themes News
Perishable Press shares their “WordPress Core Hacks Used” on their newly upgraded design including customization of the default “read more” link, customizing password-protected posts and default links for individual post-comment feeds and quicktag buttons.
Interesting WordPress Plugins: Some interesting WordPress Plugins I’ve stumbled across recently include:
- Blog Metrics WordPress Plugin: The Blog Metrics WordPress Plugin now compare all time stats to last month’s stats giving you an improved timeline for your blog statistics.
- Title Capitalization WordPress Plugin automates the capitalization of post titles – just in case you forget.
- WP-Members WordPress Plugin restricts access to content on WordPress blogs to registered members only.
- Theme Test Drive WordPress Plugin allows test driving WordPress Themes out of the public eye.
- Different Posts Per Page WordPress Plugin allows you to customize the number of posts per type of pageview via the WordPress Administration Panels such as 5 posts on your blog’s font page, 10 on the category pageview, 20 on archive, and so on. You can also sort them by ascending or descending order.
- Gengo WordPress Plugin allows you to blog in various languages on your WordPress blog.
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.
Most Popular WordPress Themes: The WordPress Theme Viewer was down at the time of publishing this news summary.
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.
- ZEPREZ WordPress Video Guides – How To Upload Files and Images In WordPress
- Seven Reasons to Write a WordPress Plugin
- Simple Thoughts – How To Improve Performance of Highly Commented WordPress Blogs
- Daily Blog Tips – Place an RSS button on single posts
- The Undersigned – WordPress: Conditional tags
- Likoma Video – Adding Subscribe2 WordPress Plugin to Your Blog
WordPress Community News
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 for Dummies: WordPress for Dummies was officially released Monday, October 29 by Lisa Sabin-Wilson and is available in bookstores and online.
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? WordPress Consultants on Automattic is a list of experts you can hire to help you with WordPress Themes, WordPress development, WordPress Plugins, or other WordPress-related expertise. Also see the WordPress Jobs listings, the WP-Pro mailing list.
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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Past WordPress Wednesday News Reports
- WordPress Wednesday News: Will You Turn Off Akismet? WordPress 2.4 Delayed, and More WordPress News
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordCamp Melbourne Sold Out Success, WordPress 2.4 Delayed, Security News, Rumors and Scams, and More
- 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.