WordPress 2.8.1 Beta 2

June 29, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The second beta of WordPress 2.8.1 is already out. This comes just days after the download counter for WordPress 2.8 crosses 1 million, just 12 days!

The list of bug fixes in this beta are mentioned here.

Download WordPress 2.8.1 Beta 2

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WordPress 2.8.1 Beta 1

June 22, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Almost two weeks after the big release comes the first beta of WordPress 2.8.1. The bug fixes are listed here, which includes memory fixes and added security.

Instructions for upgrading from WordPress 2.8 to WordPress 2.8.1 beta 1 can be found here. If you still haven’t upgraded to WordPress 2.8 and are more of a cautious user, you might want to wait until WP 2.8.1 comes out.

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Super-Awesome WordPress 24-Hour Has-Patch Marathon

April 14, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The WordPress developers are inviting everyone to help contribue to the lower-priority open tickets for WP 2.8 in a 24-hour marathon starting April 16 at 8am Pacific time.

To keep things moving, we’re announcing a new kind of event, related to bug hunts, but with a different slant. We need a sprint to clear out these tickets. Thursday is the day (and Friday for those over the date line). Core devs will spend 24 hours going through all the tickets tagged with has-patch, and committing those that have been tested and work. So how can you get in on the Super-Awesome WordPress 24-Hour Has-Patch Marathon?

Write a patch. There are dozens of tickets for discrete little pieces of correction (change … to actual ellipses in admin interface, change the ‘go back’ link to a ‘view page’ link, etc.), dozens that are browser-specific bugs, dozens that might be more challenging. Pick the one you want to work on, add a comment to the thread so other marathon contributors know someone is working on it, and get the patch submitted before the marathon ends. If you start coding now, your patch could be in by the weekend!

Test a patch. There are, as of right now, 177 tickets marked with has-patch. Patches can’t be committed until they’ve been thoroughly tested. If you’re already running the nightly build start testing out these patches in as many operating system/browser combinations as you have. Only have one? Hey, it’s probably more than has been tested already! If you’re not already running the nightly build, you can download it here to set up a test blog. Don’t forget to add what you found to the comment thread for each ticket. If it doesn’t work, be specific about what is not working so that others can jump in and fix it.

Check out all the tickets tagged as has-patch here. Great way to help out with the devs without committing too much of one’s time.

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WordPress 2.7.1

February 11, 2009 | No Comments Yet

As expected, the official release of WordPress 2.7.1 is now out. You should be getting a notification in the administration panel for you to upgrade, which you can do so either manually or automatically. You don’t even have to visit WordPress.org to get the download file. There’s a link under Tools > Upgrade.

You can check out the list of closed tickets and changed files for WP 2.7.1.

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WordPress 2.7 Beta 2

November 6, 2008 | 1 Comment

Just a few days after releasing the first beta, WordPress 2.7 Beta 2 is now out! Based on the announcement, it looks like bug fixes were the focus of this beta release.

And since you can automatically upgrade to the latest version of WordPress from within the admin panel, check it out:

If you have already installed beta 1, you can update to beta 2 via the Tools -> Update menu. Beta 1 does have a bug in the automatic upgrade that breaks certain setups, so be prepared to download and install Beta 2 manually if you experience problems.

Keep this in mind even if you haven’t installed the beta yet, but plan to upgrade to WP 2.7 in the future.

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WordPress 2.6.2

September 9, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.6.2 is a security release which tackles problems with SQL Column Truncation and mt_rand().

Since WordPress 2.6.1 was an optional update—first time in the history of WordPress—is WP 2.6.2 the same way? Here’s the answer:

If you allow open registration on your blog, you should definitely upgrade. With open registration enabled, it is possible in WordPress versions 2.6.1 and earlier to craft a username such that it will allow resetting another user’s password to a randomly generated password.

The dev blog also notes that this vulnerability is also applicable to other PHP-based applications.

Aside from security fixes, WP 2.6.2 contains a number of bug fixes as well.

Download WordPress 2.6.2 now.

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WordPress 2.6.1

August 16, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.6.1 is finally out. Here’s a nice tip if you’ve been wondering about when you should upgrade:

With 2.6.1, we’re continuing our trend of releasing a maintenance release shortly after a major release in order to get fixes for the inevitable “dot zero” bugs into your hands without a long wait. If you’re happy with 2.6, however, keep on using it. You need not upgrade to 2.6.1 if 2.6 is getting the job done.

If you’re an early adopter, you probably made the move to WP 2.6 already, and you may not have to upgrade immediately since this is not an urgent security release. If you haven’t, waiting for the “dot one” release ensures a lot more bug fixes than the “dot zero” release. Check out the the list of 60 bug fixes here.

Download WordPress 2.6.1 here.

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WordPress 2.6.1 Beta 2

August 13, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Beta 2 of WordPress 2.6.1 is out. The team is approaching 60 bugs fixed for the official 2.6.1 release. You can the new fixes since beta 1 here.

Grab WP 2.6.1-b2 here.

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WordPress 2.6.1 Beta 1

August 8, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.6.1 Beta 1 is out. You might want to grab it now, or wait until an official release arrives, which Ryan Boren says will arrive around the time of this year’s WordCamp San Francisco.

Here’s another tip from him:

With 2.6.1, we’re continuing our trend of releasing a dot one release about a month after dot zero. We want to get fixes for the inevitable dot zero bugs into your hands without a long wait. If you’re happy with 2.6, you can ignore 2.6.1.

There are over 50 fixes, a lot of which address the typos in code and major bugs—like the 404 error that turns up when your permalink structure is /index.php/%postname%/.

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WordPress 2.6 bugs and fixes

July 28, 2008 | 4 Comments

It’s only been a few days since the release of WordPress 2.6 and already we are hearing about some major bugs and problems. Whether you’ve upgraded already or not, it’s best to be aware of these issues so that you can address them immediately. Here are some of the major ones being discussed around the blogs:

Missing Categories

If you run a big blog with lots of categories, chances are your categories have mysteriously disappeared. David Cumps wrote a fix, which requires phpMyAdmin knowledge.

get_posts Not Working

If you have a custom theme that uses multiple loops, chances are it uses get_posts. Unfortunately there are several problems with the function in this version, so you might be better off using query_posts instead.

index.php Permalinks Not Working

If your permalink structure involves “index.php“, chances are your blog post links (but not your blog pages) are broken.

More stuff to be fixed in WordPress 2.6.1

Don’t forget that if you have custom themes and plugins installed, check first to see if they’re compatible with the latest version of WordPress before you start complaining. Then search for your problem first in the Support forum.

Visit the 2.6.1 roadmap for a detailed list of the bugs squashed. Also visit the WordPress Development Updates blog for up to the minute information from the WP team.

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WordPress 2.5.1 Released, But You Can’t Reset Passwords and 2.5.2 is Close Behind; Will You Update?

April 28, 2008 | 1 Comment

Just as Filipino bloggers trooped to U.P. Diliman for the 4th iBlog Summit, WordPress 2.5.1 was released. It has over 70 security fixes and enhancements, including a SECRET_KEY in the wp-config.php file explained in-depth by Ryan Boren.

Now it seems people are debating whether one should hold off for the next WordPress version for several reasons. First, there’s a bug that can potentially lock people out of their blogs should they wish to reset their passwords. This can be fixed by manually editing the password through phpMyAdmin, and there’s a patch for the WordPress update itself.

Second, there’s talk that WordPress 2.5.2 will soon be out. This could frustrate a lot of bloggers who aren’t really comfortable with updating WordPress.

So will you upgrade to 2.5.1 immediately, or wait until 2.5.2 comes out? I’d say it has a lot to do with how confident you are in the blog security of your current installation.

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