The wait for WordPress 3.3 is over. If you have logged on to your WordPress site this afternoon, you have probably seen the prompt to update your website to WordPress 3.3. This new version does offer many improvements over the previous WordPress release.
WordPress 3.3 is more user-friendly than WordPress 3.2. It helps new users get started with it quickly. The new welcome page is pretty useful if you are new to this platform and want to get started as quickly as possible. This page provides new users with a crash course on what WordPress 3.3 has to offer.
After weeks of waiting, WordPress 2.9 is finally released and available for download. The new release has tons of cool new features (my favorite one is the trash feature). It also promises to help keep your WordPress website optimized and protected. This video from the people at WordPress.com puts it best:
Time to get another update to keep your blog up to date against the latest security attach and glitches. The changes are not major, but at least one serious security issue has been fixed. Here is what the people at WordPress had to say about this issue. This update includes:
A fix for the Trackback Denial-of-Service attack that is currently being seen.
Removal of areas within the code where php code in variables was evaluated.
Switched the file upload functionality to be whitelisted for all users including Admins.
Retiring of the two importers of Tag data from old plugins.
In case you missed it, WordPress 2.8 was released a few days ago and generated a lot of good and bad buzz on the Internet. WordPress 2.8 is another decent upgrade that brings you better theme, plugin, and content management capabilities. But I for one can tell you that it hasn’t been the easiest WordPress to upgrade to. There are a lot of incompatible plugins out there, and that could easily lead to your install breaking if you don’t deactivate these plugins before performing your upgrade. If your plugin is not on WordPress 2.8 compatibility list, there is a chance it may not be compatible with WordPress 2.8. If that’s the case, you need to deactivate it before installing WordPress 2.8. The best way to go about doing is by deactivating all your plugins and activating them one by one to figure out which one’s not compatible. The same process applies to your themes as well.
WordPress 2.8 New Features:
WordPress 2.8 now comes with everything you need to manage your themes more effectively.
WordPress 2.7 introduced us to better plugin management capability in WordPress back-end. WordPress 2.8 now allows you to browse and manage your themes more effectively. You can use this new feature to find new themes and install them on your blog with a click of a button. What I love about this feature is that you can upload your themes too. That comes handy if you own a premium theme. The theme preview feature has also been improved to make it easier to preview all kinds of themes without you needing to activate them first.
Not a big change but you can now easily change your permalink structure from your post page. You can also view your post live with a click of a button.
If you are into coding or just want to go through your plugins’ or themes’ code, you are in luck. The new WP 2.8 makes it even easier to go through others’ codes and find out possible errors.
The addition of color coding and function look up is a big plus.
I had heard about all the issues with TinyMCE’s glitches when it comes to working with WordPress. But I had never personally experienced any glitches with it until I upgraded WordPress Jedi to WordPress 2.6.2. What happend was that TinyMCE’s HTML tab became disabled. It pretty much crippled me as I write code in Microsoft Expression and put it on WordPress. So let me tell you it’s not a pleasant thing to deal with, especially if you are late for work.
But the solution is not that hard really. It’s often a cache file that break things with TinyMCE. I found that there was a file in my content folder, under upload folder, inside the JS_cash called tiny MCE. Now it’s usually there on all my blogs, but if you remove it, it solves the issue with TinyMCE. I know that some of my friends have fixed their issues by doing a clean re-intall but I certainly don’t recommend that. So there you have it. A tiny thing like that can really cripple you and your blogging performance.
WordPress 2.6.1 has been released and over 60 bugs have been fixed. The focus for this release is to make some minor fixes for Farsi and Hebrew blogs. Also some IE7 glitches have been taken care of as well. My favorite fix is the one that takes care of the HTML issues in feed. I run multiple blogs and I have always wondered why the RSS feed breaks with some feeds. I never actually thoroughly checked the widget.php file, but I always knew it would be a really small fix. Read the rest of 60 fixes here.