WordPress 2.8.5

October 21, 2009 by  
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WordPressWordPress 2.8.5 was released last night. Updates were mainly for security reasons:

  • A fix for the Trackback Denial-of-Service attack that is currently being seen.
  • Removal of areas within the code where php code in variables was evaluated.
  • Switched the file upload functionality to be whitelisted for all users including Admins.
  • Retiring of the two importers of Tag data from old plugins.

Also, if you think you may have been hit with one of the recent exploits, WordPress suggests you take a look at the WordPress Exploit Scanner plugin. Read more about the latest release here.

I updated all of my blogs today with no problems, and suggest you should to asap. Be sure to make a backup of your database as a safety precaution.

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Embedding YouTube videos in WordPress MU

June 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Scripts and Coding, Wordpress

wp-mu-logoAfter working with WordPress Mu, I found that I was unable to embed YouTube videos into a post. Instead, WordPress MU would strip my content out without any warning. After surfing around, I found the solution here:
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WordPress Plugins for Portfolios

May 6, 2009 by  
Filed under Scripts and Coding, Wordpress

wordpress-logoWordPress is a great tool you can use to build a web portfolio. Since a portfolio may have more “static pages” as opposed to blog posts, you will find yourself using the “add a new page” feature more often. I found some nice WordPress plugins that may help you organize your portfolio better.

I’m going to assume that you already know how to install and use WordPress. If not, see this great “New to WordPress – Where to Start” guide first.

  • Breadcrumb NavXT add breadcrumb links at the top of your posts. To use, you need to add in a short snippet of code in your ‘page.php’ template. (Sample – See Home > Portfolio > Photography)
  • List Pages Shortcode allows you to use a nice shortcode in a page and display all of its child pages. For example, adding [child-pages sort_column="post_title"] to a page will list all the child pages of the parent page. (Sample)
  • Recently Updated Posts displays the last blog posts and pages you updated. It’s pretty handy since static pages need to be updates all the time. (Sample – see recently updated)
  • WP Lightbox 2 displays your graphics/photography in a nice lightbox. (Sample)
  • WordPress Database Backup is an easy-to-use on-demand database backup script. Since all your changes are stored in a database and not physical files, being able to back them up periodically is a good idea.

After downloading a plugin, unzip the file, and upload the content into the /wp-content/plugins/ folder of your WordPress installation. These plugins were pretty easy to install, but please read the README files first.

WordPress and these plugins should help you get your web portfolio up in no time. Be sure to check WordPress.org for more plugins.

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Web Design Volume 4

April 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Links and Resources, Wordpress

Web Design MagazineI was at Costco and glanced at their magazine selection. My eyes quickly passed by all the celebrity gossip magazines and when I saw Web Design Volume 4 I quickly jumped for joy. I browsed through a few pages, and knew I definitely had to have it. There’s lots of great tips on web design and awesome step-by-step tutorials. I highly recommend getting this. I’m really enjoying the section that talks about WordPress and its history. It just brought back so many memories of my early blogging/web designing days. Michel V and b2 were mentioned in this article. Yup, that’s how WordPress all started. ;)

This bookazine is $29.99, but with a Costco membership, it’s $21.99. Enjoy!

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Wordcamp SF 2009

April 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Geek Get-Togethers, Wordpress

Wordcamp SFI’m so excited to be attending Wordcamp SF for the first time! I’ve been using WordPress way before it was even WordPress and the evolution of the software has been amazing to watch all these years.

It was originally written by Michel V and called b2 (then cafelog). I use to help him beta new versions of b2. Michel moved onto new projects and stopped developing b2, and that’s when Matt Mullenweg stepped in. WordPress has come such a long way. To me it’s like watching a child grow up!

I hope to see you at Wordcamp SF 2009! It’s on Saturday, May 30th. And I will most likely organize a Tweetup the night before, so keep an eye out. :)

WordCamp San Francisco is a conference organized by the creators of WordPress for our users and developers. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. The event is open to WordPress.com & WordPress.org users alike.

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Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word at PodCamp Hawaii

October 26, 2008 by  
Filed under Multimedia, Tech News, Wordpress

I was out today, so I missed all the sessions from Podcamp Hawaii! So I’m trying to catch up, starting with Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word session. I really love hearing about WordPress news.

Stream videos at Ustream

What I’m really excited about is WordPress 2.7, Automatic Updates, and BuddyPress! Check out the session, it’s very interesting.

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WordPress 2.6.2

September 9, 2008 by  
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WordPress 2.6.2 is out. There are security updates fixing the dangers of SQL Column Truncation and the weakness of mt_rand(). For a full list of bug fixes, go here.

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WordPress Visual Editor

April 27, 2008 by  
Filed under Multimedia, Tips and Tutorials, Wordpress

Wow, my name was mentioned on The Neal Show! Thanks Jeff! Thanks Neal!

As for the media upload problem, it may be the Visual Editor breaking the code. I remember embedding a flash video once and my post just kept breaking every time I edited it. I ended up turning the Visual Editor off so I can paste HTML code without the editor changing it.

If you’re still running a WordPress version older than 2.5, you can turn off the visual editor by doing this:

  • Go to the “Users” tab, and find your author (usually ‘admin’).
  • Click on “Edit.”
  • Uncheck “Use the visual editor when writing. (See image above.)
  • Click on “Update User”

This will then give you only the basic buttons when editing.

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WordPress Image/Media Uploader Error

April 25, 2008 by  
Filed under Daily Ramblings, Wordpress

I just upgraded to WordPress. 2.5.1. But I can’t seem to get the WordPress Image Uploader to work at all. I keep getting this error in both version 2.5 and 2.5.1:

Wordpress 2.5 Error

And it doesn’t look like I’m the only one either!

I’ve tried all the fixes, but only one worked for me. I ended up removing the flash uploader entirely. If you’d like to do that also, try this.

  1. Download this No-Flash-Uploader plugin.
  2. Upload it to your plugin’s directory
  3. Activate the plugin.

And now you should be able to upload images. Worked like a charm. No use making a simple process harder. ;) You can only upload one image at a time anyhow.

Now that this is sorta fixed, I’ll start updating all of my blogs!

Jeff’s tweet motivated me to get to the bottom of this. ;)

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WordPress 2.5 Released

March 31, 2008 by  
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Yay! WordPress 2.5 is out! Go updated! :) I will have to do that later today. :) Their new website design is very nifty too!

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WordPress 2.5 RC2

March 27, 2008 by  
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WordPress 2.5 RC2 is coming! Check out the video about the new features! I love the cleaner new look.

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WordPress 2.5

March 18, 2008 by  
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WordPress 2.5 looks great! I can’t wait until it’s released.

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WordPress 2.3 Beta 1

August 28, 2007 by  
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WordPress 2.3 Beta 1 is out, but is only recommended to advanced users. It’s a rough version and extensive testing will be needed.

WordPress 2.2.1

June 23, 2007 by  
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WordpressHow funny… I just finished upgrading all my blogs to WP 2.2 a few days ago, and now WP 2.2.1 is out. heh

WordPress 2.2.1 is now available. 2.2.1 is a bug fix release for the 2.2 series. Since 2.2 was released a month ago, the WordPress community has been improving fit-and-finish by identifying and fixing those little bugs that can be so annoying and by fine-tuning some small details. The result is a nicely polished 2.2.1 release. The full list of bugs fixed in 2.2.1 is available here. Here are some highlights.

WordPress Plugin: WP-DB-Backup

May 22, 2007 by  
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WP-DB-Backup is one plugin you should get for your WordPress blog. It allows you to back up your blog database easily with just one click.

WordPress 2.2

May 17, 2007 by  
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WordPress 2.2 is out! This version includes a number of new features and over 200 bug fixes. Download it now.

Amusing WordPress Themes

March 23, 2007 by  
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I found these WordPress themes to be very unique and amusing!

Google Summer of Code

March 22, 2007 by  
Filed under Scripts and Coding, Wordpress

I read this on WordPress and thought it was a nifty idea. If you’re a computer student interested in making some money and learning at the same time, check out this offer:

Looking for something fun to do this summer? All college and university students around the world are invited to apply to get paid $4,500 USD to work on your favorite open source project this summer. WordPress is among the 131 accepted to Google Summer of Code, of more than 300 projects that applied.

WordPress Plugin Directory

March 18, 2007 by  
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I love the new WordPress Plugin Directory!  It’s so much cleaner and makes finding/creating a wordpress plugin much easier.

WordPress 2.1.1 Dangerous, Upgrade to 2.1.2

March 2, 2007 by  
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Important annoucement to those who downloaded WordPress 2.1.1 recently:

If you downloaded WordPress 2.1.1 within the past 3-4 days, your files may include a security exploit that was added by a cracker, and you should upgrade all of your files to 2.1.2 immediately.

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