WordPress 2.9.1

January 5, 2010 | No Comments Yet

A beta and release candidate later, WordPress 2.9.1 is finally out. It addresses several issues including errors with cron, pingbacks, and scheduled posts. The entire list of fixes can be viewed here.

If you still have reservations about moving up to WP 2.9, this release should stabilize the upgrade now.

Download WordPress 2.9.1 or upgrade from within your admin panel. Interesting fact: WP 2.9 has passed one million downloads already!

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Errors and blank screens on your WordPress blog? You could have been hacked

April 8, 2009 | No Comments Yet

An important security issue for sites running WordPress: if you get this error “Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_VARIABLE” or blank screens on your blog, there’s a very good change that you may have been hacked.

Design and Promote has a detailed list of bringing back your site into pristine condition, but if you can’t do that on your own, you can pay them $100.00 for the service. Either way, the first and most important step is finding out if your site has been compromised.

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10 ways to secure your WordPress administration panel

January 27, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Sergej Müller and Alex Frison on Smashing Magazine have written a 10-step guide to protecting and ensuring your WordPress admin area is as safe as can be. Here’s the list:

  1. Rename and upload the wordpress Folder
  2. Extend the file wp-config.php
  3. Move the wp-config.php file
  4. Protect the wp-config.php file
  5. Delete the admin User Account
  6. Choose strong passwords
  7. Protect the wp-admin Directory
  8. Suppress Error Feedback on the Log-In Page
  9. Restrict Erroneous Log-In Attempts
  10. Keep Software Up to Date

Read the whole thing here.

It’s best if you perform these safety measures right after installing WordPress, and add it to your routine in case you’ve got a slew of WP-powered sites.

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