WordPress 2.7 Beta Hands On [Reviews]

The WordPress team announced the availability of WordPress 2.7 beta 1, and I was pretty excited to give it a whirl, so I installed it on my local PC and was more than amazed at what is in store for users with WordPress 2.7.

Here are my impressions on WordPress 2.7, remember this is just a beta version, so do not install it on your main blog yet.

Improvised Dashboard

The first thing I noticed after logging in was a improvised dashboard which was way much better than any earlier versions of WordPress.

The new dashboard has easy navigation links in the left hand side, which is a change from the regular top menu navigation the earlier versions had. The dashboard widgets have been rearranged and look pretty in WordPress 2.7.

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YARPP: Best Related Posts Plugin For WordPress

Related posts are definitely a great way of garnering more page views for any website, they help you engage the readers into similar topics. Having used quite a few related posts plugin over the last two years, I was really quite disappointed at the output they provided with.

That was until I came across YARPP which is ironically known as Yet Another Related Posts Plugin, but mind you don’t just go by the name, it is really not just yet another plugin, it is the best related posts plugin ever written for WordPress.

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WordPress 2.6.3 Released, Fixes A Vulnerability in Snoopy

The WordPress team has released WordPress 2.6.3 which fixes a vulnerability found in Snoopy, a popular library to communicate with http and https protocols from PHP.

The vulnerability is low risk, however it is better to upgrade to the latest version. However the upgrade includes changes to only two files, which you can easily download and upload to your FTP site.

Download the files below, to upgrade to WordPress 2.6.3.

  1. wp-includes/class-snoopy.php
  2. wp-includes/version.php

Important Note: Only upload the files if you using the WordPress version 2.6.2 currently, if you are using a earlier version, perform a full upgrade to WordPress 2.6.3.

Managing Your WordPress Comments From The Desktop?

I have been using Windows Live Writer to post content to the blog, and love it for providing me with a wonderful desktop environment to post content to the blog. The primary reason for me visiting the WordPress dashboard has been to moderate and reply to comments most of the time. Quite some time ago I had written a plugin that provided a API for anyone, to write applications for managing comments from the desktop, but I did not promote it as much as I would have liked.

Of late I have been following a very interesting being developed by Daniel Dura called WordPress Comments Moderator, which allows users to manage comments, including moderating it, spamming comments, deleting comments and replying to them all from the comfort of the desktop.

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WordPress 2.6.2 Released, Mandatory Update

WordPress team has released a new update to the 2.6 branch which addresses issues when your blog has public registrations open.

If you allow open registration on your blog, you should definitely upgrade.  With open registration enabled, it is possible in WordPress versions 2.6.1 and earlier to craft a username such that it will allow resetting another user’s password to a randomly generated password.  The randomly generated password is not disclosed to the attacker, so this problem by itself is annoying but not a security exploit.  However, this attack coupled with a weakness in the random number seeding in mt_rand() could be used to predict the randomly generated password.

This definitely looks a problem good enough to upgrade your WordPress right away, The exploit is not yet known and it is advised that you upgrade before the finder of the exploit makes the findings known to general public.

We have already updated to the latest version, since we have public registration open using WPAU, if you want to upgrade to WordPress easily, try this Google search and you will find what we are talking about

Download WordPress 2.6.2

Fix for Future Posts Not Posting In WordPress

Over the past few days we were facing a issue with the future posts feature in WordPress, while the future posts correctly showed a timer to the scheduled time, once it reached the scheduled it started in reverse direction and the timer went from 1 minute to 2 minutes and so on.

wordpress-logo To top that, we also had a issue where few of our post dated future posts published ahead of time. This was particularly frustrating and we checked several things such as server time, WordPress time stamp and other possible places where we could find out the problem.

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WordPress 2.6 Has Been Released

WordPress 2.6 has been released today almost a month ahead of the schedule release date. This version is code named Tyner. There are several new features included in this release which include.


If you are looking for a detailed introduction to WordPress 2.6, visit the post I wrote at Web Log Tools Collection, where I detail WordPress 2.6 features.

You can also learn about the latest features included in WordPress 2.6 by watching the video created by the WordPress development team.


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Happy Birthday WordPress

Well it’s been a really long weekend and I had quite a break and relaxation for past 4 days. Posting for last 3-4 days has been quite low, but now it’s back to work and blogging.

Oh and I also released a plugin over the weekend don’t forget to check out the awesome WordPress,Happy Birthday,WordPress Birthday