WordPress upgrade notifications from Google Analytics?

December 1, 2009 | No Comments Yet

If you’ve been blogging for a while now you’ll know that Google Analytics is an indispensable part of your website, so perhaps it’s not surprising that the service has this new feature: software version notifications for your CMS.

One of the great things about working at Google is that we get to take advantage of an enormous amount of computing power to do some really cool things. One idea we tried out was to let webmasters know about their potentially hackable websites. […] This time, however, our goal is not just to isolate vulnerable or hackable software packages, but to also notify webmasters about newer versions of the software packages or plugins they’re running on their website. [..] This is where we think we can help. We hope to let webmasters know about new versions of their software by sending them a message via Webmaster Tools. This way they can make an informed decision about whether or not they would like to upgrade.

I’m not sure this is any better than installing a plugin such as Update Notifier that sends emails whenever your WP installation or WP plugins need updating. After all, it still depends on the generated version meta tag which both WordPress and hackers use to check.

The upside here, though, is that at least Google is now looking into ways they can help with website maintenance, particularly security. And not just for WordPress, but for all other content management systems out there. Both CMS developers and webmasters stand to gain from the knowledge and resources Google can spend on this.

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled as this new feature will be rolling out “soon”.

(Via WPLover)

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WordPress Plugin: Upgrade Notification by Email

September 8, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Upgrade Notification by Email does exactly what it is called: anytime WordPress sends out a new update, your blog administrator’s email inbox will receive a notice that you should upgrade. Now you have no excuse to install the latest, most secure version of WordPress on your website as soon as possible.

This plugin is for you if you don’t look inside of your Admin Panel every day (for example you have tens of wordpress installations) but still want to have wordpress up to date. After installation plugin will check every day if newer version of wordpress is available and if yes, will send email to blog’s admin with notification.

Download Upgrade Notification by Email

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