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WordPress 2.7

As predicted by me old mucker Mr Corey, I am letting you know that I have now installed WordPress.org 2.7 – this is a major milestone and gives an entirely new look to the dashboard.  Get it here and learn about the install here and the upgrade here.  WordPress.com users were upgraded a few days ago.  Learn more here: http://wordpress.org/development/2008/12/coltrane/

WordPress 2.6.3

When I dipped in to upgrade some plugins this evening, my dashboard kindly told me that I needed to upgrade from WordPress 2.6.2 to WordPress 2.6.3. Get the latest version here.

In short, it seems that the library used to fetch the dashboards feeds, named Snoopy, has a vulnerability and this upgrade fixes that.

So, if you are running WordPress 2.6.2 or earlier (especially if you are running an earlier version) then you should upgrade soonest.

WordPress 2.6.2

Another quick heads up peeps.  WordPress 2.6.2 is out and you should update ASAP – especially if you

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allow registrations on your blog.

See the WordPress Dev Blog for details, but in short the new update fixes the SQL Column Truncation vulnerability and the weakness of mt_rand().  Apparently other PHP apps are vulnerable too – read the WP Dev Blog entry.

This version also fixes a bunch of new bugs.  I’ll be updating in the next 24 hours and would advise you to do the same.  Don’t forget to deactivate and then reactivate your plugins – and if you haven’t upgraded for a few versions, check their compatibilities.

WordPress.org 2.6.1

Quick Note: WordPress 2.6.1 is out.  If you are running an older version, especially if you haven’t even

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gone to 2.6.0 yet, you should upgrade – you’re missing out on new functionality and you may be at risk of having your site taken over.

Things to remember when upgrading: deactivate your plugins first, not all plugins work with all versions and you may need to find alternates.  Check that your themes will support the latest versions and that any custom code you may have inserted (you did comment the code, didn’t you?) won’t produce conflicts.

Finally, read the documentation for upgrading.  If you are new to WordPress.org and need to know how to install it, there is documentation for that, too.  If you get stuck, the WordPress.org forums are a source of knowledge and help – search first and then ask your question in the right sub-forum.

WordPress 2.6 & Spam Karma 2

It’s been a while since I wrote anything here, but here are two important announcements for anyone running the .org version of WordPress.

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Firstly, WordPress 2.6 is now out.  There are, as usual, lots of new things in this release and they ae all listed here.  One thing I noticed is that I have had to add to my .htaccess file because all my previous URLs stopped working.  For example, the URL to this post is http://www.lostaddress.org/2008/07/17/wordpress-26-spam-karma-2/ and under the previous release of WP, the URL would have been http://www.lostaddress.org/index.php/2008/07/17/wordpress-26-spam-karma-2/ – spot the difference?  If you were using a similar method, make sure you check your links!  So download it, install it and check out the changes (and fix things where necessary).

Secondly, the excellent Spam Karma 2 plugin has been sort of discontinued.  The plugin creator and developer, Dr Dave, no longer has enough time to dedicate to the development of the plugin.  Instead, he has opened up a Google Code page and is looking for others to continue the delopment of the project.  If you have the mad skillz and time required, please contact Dr Dave. The plugin is now released under the GPL version 2.

For anyone using the plugin, or planning to use it, all you need to know is that it hasn’t had significant work done to it in quite some time (apart from keeping up with WordPress releases) and it still works as well as ever.  Spam Karma 2 is an excellent anti-spam tool which gives a great alternative to Akismet.  I’ve been using it for ages and have only had to worry about the occasional manual spammer.

So, not terribly exciting, but informative.

WordPress 2.5.1

For all those of us running WordPress.org, just a heads up to say that a point released is available. WordPress Logo

Previous big number release was 2.5 and this is 2.5.1.

The Developer’s Blog has full details of the reasons for this upgrade, but in short:

  • Performance improvements for the Dashboard, Write Post, and Edit Comments pages.
  • Better performance for those who have many categories
  • Media Uploader fixes
  • An upgrade to TinyMCE 3.0.7
  • Widget Administration fixes
  • Various usability improvements
  • Layout fixes for IE

There are also security fixes and a host of other fixes, improvements and upgrades.  If you are running an older version, be warned that you are at risk from malicious people.  If you are new to blogging, then WordPress.org is a great platform for self hosted blogging and is pretty easy to set up and maintain.

Get it here.  If you are running an older version, the quick upgrade instructions are here and the longer instructions are here.  The really really really quick version (via SubVersion) is here.