WordPress 2.9.1 Coming Soon, Adds Fix for Missed Schedules Post and Cron Jobs

seems to have a bug which is annoying the hell out of people. The problem is occurring with scheduled posts and missed cron jobs. Some users reported that scheduled posts were either missed or posted in the past.

The main reason why this is happen is because of some code introduced at the last minute, which in turn has apparently broken the WordPress cron. This is only affecting a minor percentage of users.

If you are experiencing a problem with scheduled posts or other Cron jobs not running on your blog, you can find the patched files on this page, along with the description of errors. WordPress might release 2.9.1 in a day or two to fix this issue. In the meantime you can use the files from the page above to fix the missed schedule posts and cron jobs issue with WordPress 2.9.

How To Disable oEmbed Support in WordPress 2.9

A few hours back we told you about a new feature in called oEmbed, which allows you to embed videos, images and polls into posts by just adding the URL to the post. However, not many of you might want this feature and want to disable this.

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By default oEmbed is enabled in WordPress 2.9, to disable it visit the Settings > Mediapage and uncheck the boxes in the Embeds settings. To enable oEmbed, just visit the same setting page and check the boxes under Embeds settings.

oEmbed is a really useful feature in WordPress 2.9, however traditional WordPress installations have disallowed users from embedding videos for authors and contributors. Disabling oEmbed will help you restrict authors and contributors from adding videos to their posts.

Upgrading to WordPress 2.9 and WPAU Update

is out, and my inbox is really full, with questions whether WordPress Automatic Upgrade still works, and whether it will allow you to upgrade to WordPress 2.9. As I have answered this question in the past, WPAU hardly relies much on the underlying code in WordPress and mostly works on its own.

So the answer to whether WPAU will work to upgrade WordPress 2.9 is a big YES. I personally upgraded few of my blogs using WPAU, since I prefer it to the inbuilt upgrade.

If you have been using WPAU, you can rest be assured that it will continue working for any future updates in WordPress. I promise to update it, if and when it stops working with any new versions of WordPress.

If you are looking to upgrade the manual way, visit the WordPress Codex entry and follow the instructions to upgrade your blog to WordPress 2.9. Please remember, no matter which option you choose to upgrade to WordPress 2.9, always make sure to make backups of your database and theme files, WITHOUT FAIL.

Asides, I have been monitoring the WordPress forums for any problems with an update to WordPress 2.9 and haven’t seen any major one’s right now. One issue I did see was that you will require to have at-least MySQL 4.1.2. My advice would be to use a web host who supports both PHP 5 and a higher version of MySQL.

Have you upgraded to WordPress 2.9? Did you come across any issues with it? Do let me know through your comments.

How To Embed Videos, Images and Polls in WordPress 2.9 Using URL

WordPress 2.9 supports oEmbed, a new feature which fetches information from video and image providers with just the help of the URL. Starting with , you do not need to add the embed codes into your post and can just include the video using the URL.

Here is a step by step tutorial on how you can embed videos, images and polls in WordPress using URLs, rather than having to copy and paste the full embed codes, this will ensure that users who do not have support for unfiltered HTML will be able to insert videos into WordPress posts.

Insert Videos in WordPress using URL

Step 1: Create a new post in WordPress.

Step 2: Go to or to any other supported oEmbed providers in WordPress 2.9 and copy the URL of the video or image you want to include in your post.

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Step 3: Paste the URL of the video directly into the post, make sure it is not hyperlinked. Save or publish the post as usual.

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You will only see a URL inserted into the post edit area, but that is fine as all the magic happens under the hood, so after you have inserted the video, visit the post and the video will automatically be embedded into WordPress.

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If you view the source of the page, you will see that the URL has been converted into an actual embed code using oEmbed technology. Super cool right :-). You can also insert images and polls using the same method.

The supported providers for oEmbed inserts include, YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, blip.tv, Flickr, Viddler, Hulu, Qik, Revision3, Scribd, Photobucket, PollDaddy, Google Video and WordPress.tv.

WordPress 2.9 “Carmen” Released [Downloads]

WordPress 2.9 the latest version of WordPress has hit the roads, you can download or upgrade to WordPress 2.9 Carmenright away, the new features include a global trash feature, which allows you to store deleted posts in a trash. An inline image editor to edit images and more.

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This version of WordPress is named Carmen, who is a Jazz vocalist. WordPress 2.9 also includes a cool new feature to embed videos using oEmbed technology and batch plugin and compatibility checking. For more info on this release, visit the official release post on the WordPress development blog.

Visit our tips and tricks section for WordPress 2.9 for interesting tips in using WordPress 2.9

How To Edit Images in WordPress 2.9

2.9 includes a really good basic image editor which can come in very handy. The image editor allows you to crop images, flip images and rotate them with ease.

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To edit images in WordPress, click on the Edit Imagebutton when the image is uploaded. Once you do that a new Image editor will be displayed.

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To select an area to crop, just click your mouse on the image and drag it as required, click on the scissor image to crop. You can also rotate and flip the image using the available buttons. Another interesting and useful function is the ability to undo or redo your changes.

The image editor allows you to apply the change to all the image sizes or just the image thumbnail.

Trash and Restore Comments in WordPress 2.9

Just like trash feature for posts, 2.9 also includes a trash feature for comments too. It works in a similar way to posts. In WordPress 2.9 you can trash and restore comments, by default the comments are stored in trash for 30 days, however you can always update this.

Trash Comments in WordPress 2.9

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In WordPress 2.9, the delete functionality has been replaced by Trash, clicking on the Trash link will move the comment status to Trash, and store it for 30 days or as long as you have set it up to.

Undo Trash Comments in WordPress 2.9

Undo Deleted Comments in WordPress 2.9

Another interesting feature in WordPress 2.9 is the ability to quickly Undo your Trash action, similar to what you can see in .

Browsing Trash Comments in WordPress 2.9

Browse Trash Comments in WordPress 2.9

To browse trashed comments, just click on the Trash link in the Edit comments page.

Restore Deleted Comments in WordPress 2.9

Restore Deleted Comments in WordPress 2.9

Restoring Trash Comments in WordPress 2.9 is pretty easy, just visit the Trash comments and click on the Restore link to restore it back. Bulk actions are also available for restore.

Disabling / Limiting Trash Comments in WordPress 2.9

Trash feature is an excellent addition to WordPress, however, if you want to disable the trash feature or limit the number of days deleted comments are stored in Trash, you can do it by adding a small constant.

This is similar to how you would limit post, you can read about it in our earlier post: Disabling or Limiting Trash feature for posts. One thing to note is that, both the posts and comments use the same constant, so you cannot disable it for one and expect it to be working for the other.

If you decide to disable trash feature, it will be disabled for both post and comments.

How To Restore Deleted Posts in WordPress 2.9

Quite recently we told you about a new Trash feature that will be introduced in 2.9 and how you can disable or limit the trash functionalities.

A good thing about the Trash feature is that it will allow you to restore deleted posts and add them back to your site. In this post we will see how you can restore deleted posts in WordPress.

Browsing Trash Posts

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To browse trashed posts or page in WordPress you will have to click on the trash link at the top of the page in Edit Posts or Pages.

Restoring Deleted Posts From Trash

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To restore deleted posts from the trash, just browse under the post title and click on the restore link to restore the post.

The trash function in WordPress 2.9 is really useful and can come in pretty handy. What do you think about it?

How To Limit or Disable Trash Feature in WordPress 2.9

2.9 introduces a new feature which allows you to Trash a post instead of actually deleting it. If you use WordPress 2.9, you will see that the delete link has been replaced by Trash.

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Change Trash Retain Limit

By Default WordPress 2.9 is set to retain the Trash posts for 30 days, unless you manually delete it. To curtail the number of days trash post is stored for, add this line to your wp-config.php file.

   1: define('EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS', 7);

Doing this will limit the trash to only 7 days, change the number to limit to any other number of days you want.

Disabling Trash Feature Completely

If you do not want the trash feature, you can always disable it. However, you will need to add a line to your wp-config.php file.

   1: define('EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS', 0);

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Doing this will ensure that no posts are store in the trash. In addition to that, the Trash link will display Delete Permanentlyinstead.

WordPress 2.9 Review

I just did a hands-on review of 2.9 on Weblog Tools Collection. I tried to cover as many new and interesting features in it. The new features I covered include:

  • New Image Editor for WordPress 2.9
  • Trash Post Feature in WordPress 2.9
  • New oEmbed introduction in WordPress 2.9
  • Automatic Database Repairing in WordPress 2.9
  • Duplicate Content Tackling with rel=canonical
  • New features for plugin and theme developers

So head over to WLTC and read the Hands-on review of WordPress 2.9.