WordPress 2.6 downloaded 3 million times

November 15, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.6 downloaded 3 million times

Amit Agarwal has posted an animated screenshot of the WordPress download counter passing the 3 million downloads mark as of November 13 at 9:25 pm PST.

Since the counter is reset every time a new version of WordPress comes out, that means there have been over 3 million downloads of WordPress 2.6. WordPress keeps getting bigger and better!

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WordPress 2.6.3

October 24, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.6.3 provides a security fix for a vulnerability found in the Snoopy library, which according to the project page is a “PHP class that simulates a web browser”.

Since this is a security upgrade, it’s best that you download the latest version immediately. But since only 2 files were updated, i.e. wp-includes/class-snoopy.php and wp-includes/version.php, you can also just grab those and replace the ones on your server.

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Is WordPress getting too “fat” and vulnerable?

September 18, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Vladimir Prelovac has written a very insightful critique about the direction of WordPress development. He states several concerns with what this piece of blogging software is turning into. First we have bloat:

But more importantly, I have noticed that WordPress is not developing “far” anymore, and it started going “wide” instead. By this I mean there are less inventions and new technologies with every update. There is just more functionality that relies on current existing technologies.

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WordPress started out like Google, but is now becoming more and more like Yahoo. It stopped going “far” and started becoming fat (”wide”). It is becoming slow and clumsy.

Second, we have security issues, most notably with WordPress plugins. Jeff Chandler at Performancing suggests the WordPress community could adopt phpBB’s plugin validation system.

All in all, Vladimir wants WordPress to focus on speed, simplicity, and security in future WordPress versions.

You’ll find Matt Mullenweg’s answers in the comments section. He mentions WP 2.3 is a lot more bloated and insecure than WP 2.6—better beware of this fact for those who haven’t upgraded! He also says he’s aware of speed issues, hence the integration with Google Gears, and the constant drive towards improving the backend:

I’m obsessed with speed. On the backend WP has done a ton to speed itself up, as evidenced by the fact that it now runs the largest blogs in the world. More than 1.6 billion pageviews a month are going through WordPress.

As for plugins, this is what Matt had to say:

There are some automated things we do to watch out for bad stuff but ultimately I think we need a human team of volunteers to keep an eye on plugin changesets. Is this something you’d be interested in helping out with?

What do you think? I think that as long as there is a strong community backing up WordPress, such issues will never go unnoticed. I can only hope that this same community continues to help out with new initiatives, such as plugin and theme inspection.

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Be sure to add these CSS declarations to your WordPress 2.5/2.6 stylesheets

August 20, 2008 | 1 Comment

Versions of WordPress 2.5 and 2.6 have added arbitrary new CSS classes for styling uploaded images (WP 2.5) and their captions (WP 2.6). The WordPress Codex has a page that provides CSS declarations you can add to your custom theme if you’re not too familiar with tweaking your stylesheets.


.aligncenter,
div.aligncenter {
   display: block;
   margin-left: auto;
   margin-right: auto;
}

.alignleft {
   float: left;
}

.alignright {
   float: right;
}

.wp-caption {
   border: 1px solid #ddd;
   text-align: center;
   background-color: #f3f3f3;
   padding-top: 4px;
   margin: 10px;
   /* optional rounded corners for browsers that support it */
   -moz-border-radius: 3px;
   -khtml-border-radius: 3px;
   -webkit-border-radius: 3px;
   border-radius: 3px;
}

.wp-caption img {
   margin: 0;
   padding: 0;
   border: 0 none;
}

.wp-caption p.wp-caption-text {
   font-size: 11px;
   line-height: 17px;
   padding: 0 4px 5px;
   margin: 0;
}

Also check out the links posted for more help on CSS, HTML, and WordPress blog design in general.

(Via)

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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 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 MU 2.6

July 29, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress multi-user or WPMU is now version 2.6, whose code was based on the standard WordPress 2.6 release. You’ll find similar new features like the return of the “Press This!” bookmarklet, Google Gears support, theme previews, and so on. Donncha O Caiomh has more details.

Download WordPress MU 2.6 here.

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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 2.6

July 15, 2008 | No Comments Yet

After 3 betas and one release candidate, WordPress 2.6 “Tyner” is here. Automattic also put up a short video tour of the new version:

Discussed in the WP 2.6 announcement post are the highlighted features we’ve all been expecting for a few months now:

  • Post Revisions: Wiki-like tracking of edits
  • Press This!: Post from wherever you are on the web
  • Shift Gears: Turbo-speed your blogging
  • Theme Previews: See it before your audience does
  • and many other smaller features and improvements

Ryan Boren discusses in depth SSL and Cookies in WordPress 2.6, which I’m sure is the first of many blog posts to tackle the new stuff under the hood.

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WordPress 2.6 Release Candidate 1

July 14, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The final version of WordPress 2.6 draws closer than ever as Release Candidate 1 is released.

According to Ryan Boren, here are the latest features included since beta version 3:

  • Media uploader and gallery improvements
  • Image caption and image editing fixes
  • Press This fixes
  • Ability to toggle between the flash uploader and a regular browser uploader
  • Notification bubble on the Plugins menu when plugin updates are available

The complete list of changes can, of course, be found in the WordPress Trac.

Download WP 2.6 RC1 here.

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WordPress 2.6 Beta 3, WordPress MU 2.6 beta 1 (2.6 final is 1 week away!)

July 10, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The Automattic team continues to push out new updates for the WordPress 2.6 branch, WordPress MU included. Once more Ryan Boren is the bearer of the new beta release, download the zip file here.

He also writes that the final release of WordPress 2.6 is just 1 week away, contrary to the belief that it would come out last July 7. That’s still a reasonable delay, considering everybody’s still getting used to 2.5!

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WordPress.com now supports Google Gears

July 3, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress.com announces they now officially supports offline access through Google Gears. This means a faster and more enjoyable blogging experience.

To enable this feature, simply hit “Turbo” in your dashboard.

After that Gears will download around 200 files and store them on your PC. It will also update them when needed automatically in the background, no other actions are required.

For users using self-hosted WordPress, this feature will be coming soon in WordPress 2.6.

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WordPress 2.6 Beta 2

July 3, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.6 beta 2 is out. Ryan Boren posts the new features once more, also found at the WordPress Trac. Get it here.

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WordPress 2.6 Beta 1

June 24, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Excited about the next new release of WordPress? Try WP 2.6 Beta 1.

Ryan Boren lists the new features, which were mentioned previously here. Most notable ones are: post revisions, the “Press This” bookmarklet, offline access using Google Gears, theme preview, sortable galleries, etc.

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Sneak peeks of WordPress 2.6 features

May 30, 2008 | 2 Comments

Although we’re still a few months away from the next major release of WordPress, we can’t help being curious and excited about what’s coming up, can we?

Milestone 2.6

WordPress 2.6 is set to come out on August 7, 2008, according to the WordPress Trac page. Progress is currently at 7%, clearly a long way from completion.

Curious about other releases? Here are the tickets for WP 2.5.2 and WP 2.7.

2.6 Test Run

A live installation of WP 2.6 is up at Chris Johnston’s demo site. Username is admin, password is demo. If you want to test them on your own server, check out the Nightly Builds through the WP testers mailing list.

WordPress 2.6 Features

Several bloggers have brought up some of the major improvements with WP 2.6:

Post revisions
Keep track of a blog post’s revision history.

Identicons, MonsterID, and Wavatar support
Generate special gravatar icons for commenters who have none.

Google Gears support
Add Google Gears functionality for offline blogging.

wp-config.php location can be moved one level higher than WP install

Add sorting to gallery items
Integrate the Reorder Gallery plugin to the 2.6 core.

SHIFT+Click checkbox selection
Select multiple rows of posts, categories, comments, tags, etc. Gmail-style.

Press This bookmarklet
Quick posting bookmarklet that disappeared in 2.5 and will return to 2.6.

Further Reading

More information can be found at the following websites: Quick Online Tips, WordPress Expert, planetOzh, The Blog Herald.

Also visit the Codex page for WordPress 2.6 for further updates.

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