WordPress 3.4 was just released and as always you should upgrade, if for nothing else, just to ensure you have the security fixes. As for functionality improvements, there is nothing really exciting about this release. You can preview theme changes before publishing them and change the size of the header in the default theme now–although you are still stuck with the massive amount of wasted space above the header unless you make code changes like demonstrated here. You can also create nice looking Twitter embeds by pasting the tweet permalink on a line in the editor–been doing that for a while now with the Blackbird Pie plugin.
In this video I show how to quickly install a WordPress blog and then replicate it multiple times resulting in multiple independent WordPress installs using a single database. If you need hundreds of WordPress installs, then the using the network feature (multiple blog feature) in WordPress is the way to go. However, if you only need a few then installing separate blogs may be a lit simpler and easier for you to manage.
WordPress 3.3.1 is now available. This maintenance release fixes 15 issues with WordPress 3.3, as well as a fix for a cross-site scripting vulnerability that affected version 3.3. Upgrade now, but if you are not extremely tech-savvy, then view this first!
WordPress version 2.9.1 was just released and should fix the annoying scheduled post problem. The problem was scheduled posts weren’t being published on some 2.9 installs — including a couple of my own installs :-(. Instead, when you looked at the list of posts you would just see errors reading “missed schedule” or something similar. There is a way of fixing the problem by editing a core file, but no need now…just upgrade to 2.9.1 and all should be well. Remember…backup, backup, backup before pressing the upgrade button–chances are you will have no problems, but if you do, will be glad you backed up.
If you have upgraded to WordPress 2.9 and are running into problems, it’s usually due to incompatible plugins or themes. If you’ve upgraded and can’t login now, you can search this site for video tutorials on how to disable the plugins. If that doesn’t work, then you can try to ftp to your site and rename the current theme you are using–this will result in WP using the default theme. If that doesn’t work, then you can contact me and I’ll look at it for you for a small fee…if I can fix your site, you pay the fee–no more than $50–if I can’t fix your site, then you pay nothing. If interested, use the contact link in the nav bar.
WordPress 2.9 has just been released as stable. I upgraded this site and all seems to be well. See the following post for some of the cool new features.
There is a new WordPress security vulnerability that makes it very easy for anyone to launch a dos attack on your WordPress site. See the details here: http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2009/Oct/263
An upgraded version of WordPress was released today to address this problem; version 2.8.5.
This security vulnerability impacts ALL WordPress versions prior to today’s release, so if you are running WordPress an upgrade is a must.
See the following posts on this site for upgrade information:
Upgrade using auto-upgrade: http://educhalk.org/blog/how-to-upgrade-wordpress-27/
Upgrade using Cpanel: http://educhalk.org/blog/how-to-upgrade-wordpress-to-27-using-cpanel/
I just upgraded this site to WordPress 2.8 yesterday and everything went smoothly…upgraded a few other sites as well with no problems and fixed a couple of botched upgrades for clients…problems mostly related to incompatible plugins. I have noticed a couple little annoyances (for example, in the post writing window, once I switched to single column now it won’t go back to 2 columns), but no show-stoppers.
If you are upgrading, be sure to:
- Backup you database first just in-case you have problems and need to recover.
- If you want to be “extra safe”, backup your WordPress source code…or at least, your wp-content directory
How to upgrade WordPress 2.7 Using the New Auto-Upgrade Feature