WordPress 2.9 Beta 2 Released [Downloads]

The WordPress team has just released 2.9 Beta 2. You can download and test the latest version of WordPress right away.

The new beta includes several fixes which can be seen here. Do not use this on your production blog as there may still be bugs in it.

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Fix Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance WordPress Error

Quite recently while I was upgrading one of my blogs using the inbuilt upgrading option, I assumed everything would go fine, however when I went to blog I kept seeing a message saying Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute..

Since I was doing a upgrade I thought this message would go away shortly, however it did not.

Well I did a bit of research and found that the above error is because of a maintenance file that WordPress adds to the root directory whenever it is auto-upgrading.


Most of the time it deletes the maintenance file, however sometimes it may not be able to do that and users will see the above message when they visit your blog.

To fix this error you will need to login to your FTP server and search for a file called .maintenancewithout the quotes, this file should be in the root directory of your WordPress installation.

Once you find the file delete it from your FTP server. Once you do that your blog will return to normal, hope this solves your problem too.

Downgrade or Uninstall WordPress 2.8

2.8 is out, however lots of users are facing problems with the new installations, if you are someone who is facing problems and looking for a way to downgrade or uninstall WordPress 2.8 and use WordPress 2.7.1.

Here are the steps to downgrade WordPress 2.8 to WordPress 2.7.1, I assume that you have backups of your database with you, without the database  do not downgrade.

Note: I am providing these instructions for your reference, I take no liability if something goes wrong with your downgrade.

Most of the problems happening in installs in WordPress 2.8 is because of incompatible plugins and themes, please make sure you switch to the default theme and disable all plugins to see if it solves your problem before you make a decision to downgrade.

The downgrade process may take about 30minutes to an hour, so be prepared to have some downtime on your blog.

Step 1: Backup your current database and store it in a safe location, if anything goes wrong you can fall back on it later, here are some instructions on backing up your database, here are some questions with relation to Backing up WordPress.

Step 2: Delete all WordPress 2.8 files, to do this login to your FTP server and delete all files in the WordPress install except for wp-content folder and the wp-config.php file, you may also want to leave out other folders that are not related to WordPress.

Step 3: Download the WordPress 2.7.1 files and extract them to your local drive, upload all the files excluding the wp-content to your FTP server.

Step 4: Delete all the database tables in the WordPress database. Please make sure you have backups of your database before you do that.

Step 5: Restore the database backup you have before you upgraded to WordPress 2.8, you can find instructions on restoring your Database.

Step 6: Make sure everything works again and nothing is broken.

That’s it, hopefully this helps users who are seeing problems with their upgrade to WordPress 2.8.

WordPress 2.8 Release Date Is June 10th?

2.8 which packs in several interesting features may be finally coming out on June 10th 2009.

The WordPress development blog updated with their IRC chat meeting where the target date for WordPress 2.8 was set as June 10th, this may in the end not turn out to be the final release date, so don’t keep your fingers crossed.

However this version of WordPress packs in several features including a theme browser and installer, much more customizations to the admin dashboard, a better widgets API among other things.

If you have not yet had the chance to take a look at WordPress 2.8 or its features, do take a look at a Hands-on Review of WordPress 2.8 I did on Weblog Tools Collection, it would better help you make a decision on whether or not you should upgrade to WordPress 2.8 whenever it comes out.

What do you think, will you upgrade to WordPress 2.8 when it comes out? Are the features interesting enough for you to upgrade, do let me know your thoughts.

Hide Categories And Posts From Appearing On Homepage and Archives In WordPress

Quite recently I was revamping my personal blog, as a part of the process I wanted to remove certain posts from appearing in the navigation, the best way I thought would be to un-publish them.

However I searched around for a better solution to it and came across a gem of a solution called Advanced Category Excluder, which allows users to exclude categories and more from appearing in your home page, , RSS feeds and more.

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Ultimate Tips and Tricks for WordPress 2.7

We usually put whenever a new product is released, however we did not do it this time, and we have a very good reason for it. One of our past Techie Buzz authors and blog colleague Karthik has already put up a really good list which every user must read to make the move to 2.7 as smooth as possible.

The list of tips and tricks include:

  • Links to tips and tricks to learn what’s new in WordPress 2.7
  • Handy instructions and tips to tricks to upgrade to WordPress 2.7.
  • Advanced resources and tips and tricks for using WordPress 2.7.
  • Know which plugins are compatible with WordPress 2.7

The tips include several things you should know, including some of the best features in WordPress 2.7, part of which we had covered in our WordPress 2.7 review, notes on making your themes compatible with WordPress 2.7 among other things.

So head out to Shankrila and read the Top WordPress 2.7 tips, hacks, plugins & resources.

How To Use WordPress 2.7 Threaded and Paged Comments Feature In Your Theme?

has been released and its time to start making use of the new features, in our WordPress 2.7 review we had told you about one of the new features available was inbuilt support for threaded and paged comments, however this feature will require you to make changes to your theme.

Here is a simple tutorial you can use to change your current theme to use the inbuilt threaded comments and paged comments feature in WordPress 2.7.

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WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane” Finally Released

A few days ago we told you about folks announcing the release of WordPress2.7, however the release to self hosted WordPress users was delayed for some reason. That said the WordPress team has finally released WordPress 2.7 to users today and you can download and use it immediately.

If you are unaware of the features available in WordPress 2.7, do take a look at our WP 2.7 hands-on review, that walks you through some of the best features available.

Sadly this is the last time many of you will be using WPAU to automatically upgrade your blog, so it is time to finally say Adios to WPAU, Rest in Peace.

Update: I was able to update my personal blog to WordPress 2.7 using WPAU, so there should be no issues there while doing the final upgrade :-)

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WordPress 2.7 To Be Released Today and Few WPAU Updates

2.7 is finally slated to be released today yesterday and many people including me are excited about this, this release brings in a new era for the WordPress platform, adding in several new exciting features, which were available as plugins earlier on.


Should you upgrade to WordPress 2.7? Well we did a WordPress 2.7 hands-on review that tours some of the most exciting features in WordPress 2.7, take a look at it and decide for yourself.

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WordPress Blogs Showcase

The platform has been powering millions of blogs for quite sometime now, and have been appreciated tons of time. Over the past few months WordPress has been adding several new features to their blogging platform and people are already awaiting the arrival of WordPress 2.7, a platform that brings a huge change to how people blog.

If you are still not aware of the changes in WordPress 2.7, you may want to read our hands-on review of WordPress 2.7. That said WordPress has added a new feature called Showcaseon their website, that showcases blogs running on the WordPress platform.

Don’t Miss: 15 Must Do Tweaks For A New WordPress Blog

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