WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane”

“The first thing you’ll notice about 2.7 is its new interface. From the top down, we’ve listened to your feedback and thought deeply about the design and the result is a WordPress that’s just plain faster. Nearly every task you do on your blog will take fewer clicks and be faster in 2.7 than it did in a previous version. (Download it now, or read on for more.)

Next you’ll begin to notice the new features subtly sprinkled through the new interface: the new dashboard that you can arrange with drag and drop to put the things most important to you on top, QuickPress, comment threading, paging, and the ability to reply to comments from your dashboard, the ability to install any plugin directly from WordPress.org with a single click, and sticky posts.

Digging in further you might notice that every screen is customizable. Let’s say you never care about author on your post listings — just click “Screen Options” and uncheck it and it’s instantly gone from the page. The same for any module on the dashboard or write screen. If your screen is narrow and the menu is taking up too much horizontal room, click the arrow to minimize it to be icon-only, and then go to the write page and drag and drop everything from the right column into the main one, so your posting area is full-screen. (For example I like hiding everything except categories, tags, and publish. I put categories and tags on the right, and publish under the post box.)

It’s all about you. It’s the next generation of WordPress, which is why we’ve bestowed it with the honor of being named for John Coltrane. And you can download it today.

Last, but certainly not least, this may be the last time you ever have to manually upgrade WordPress again. We heard how tired you were of doing upgrades for yourself and your friends, so now WordPress includes a built-in upgrade that will automatically notify you of new releases, and when you’re ready it will download them, install them, and upgrade your blog with a single click.

(As with any interface change it may take a little bit of time to acclimate yourself but soon you’ll find yourself whizzing through the screens. Even people who have hated it at first tell us after a few days they wonder how they got by before.)

The Story Behind 2.7

The real reason Coltrane is such a huge leap forward is because the community was so involved with every step of the process. Over 150 people contributed code directly to the release, our highest ever, with many tens of thousands more participating in the polls, surveys, tests, mailing lists, and other feedback mechanisms the WordPress dev team used in putting this release together.

For some of the back story in the development of 2.7, check out these blog posts (thanks to WeblogToolsCollection for the list):

This was interesting to us, a blogging software release we actually blogged about, but the process was hugely informative. Prior to its release today Crazyhorse and 2.7 had been tested by tens of thousands of people on their blogs, hundreds of thousands of you count .com. The volume of feedback was so high that we decided to push back the release date a month to take time to incorporate it all and do more revisions based on what you guys said.

For those of you wondering why we didn’t call this release 3.0, it’s because we abhor version number inflation. 3.0 will just be the next release after 2.9. The major features in new point releases approach also works well for products like OS X, with huge changes between a 10.3 and 10.4.

The Future

Those of you following along at home might have noticed this was our second major redesign of WordPress this year. Whoa nelly! While that wasn’t ideal, and I especially sympathize with those of you creating books or tutorials around WordPress, there’s good news. The changes to WordPress in 2.5 and 2.7 were necessary for us to break free of much of the legacy cruft and interface bloat that had built up over the years (gradually) and more importantly provide us with a UI framework and interface language we can use at the foundation to build tomorrow’s WordPress on, to express ideas we haven’t been able to before. So at the end of 2009 I expect, interface-wise, WordPress to look largely the same as it does now.

That said, we couldn’t be more excited about the future with regards to features. Now that we’ve cleared out more basic things, we are looking forward in the coming year to really tackling media handling including audio and video, better tools for plugin and theme developers, widgets, theme updates, more integrated and contextual help, and easier integration with projects like BuddyPress and bbPress.”

Matt Mullenweg. WordPress.org

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WordPress 2.7 Release Candidate 1

“With the release of RC1, we’re in the final leg of development before the release of 2.7.  280 commits since beta 3 have polished the new admin UI (including new menu icons created by the winners of our icon design contest) and fixed all known blocker bugs.

We think RC1 is ready for everyone to try out.  Please download RC1 and help us make the final release the best it can be.  As always, back up your blog before upgrading.”

Ryan Boren. WordPress.org

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BlueSense: New Adsense Ready and SEO WordPress Theme

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A very fast loading and search engine optimized Adsense Ready WordPress Theme, BlueSense is specifically designed for all types of niche websites and will suit a wide variety of content and user preferences.

Built for heavy monetization with Adsense, the entire theme’s colors are perfectly blended with Adsense units on both homepage and single post pages for a maximum click through rate.

Other classic features of this Adsense Ready Theme:

  • Separate Ad Blocks with easy editing and insertion of Adsense code. These ad blocks can also be used to insert other types of advertisements as well.
  • Ease of use and convenience. You just need to insert your Adsense publisher ID in the existing ad units and you’re ready to go. It only takes 20 seconds to set up BlueSense perfectly.
  • Well blended link units within the horizontal menu bar attracts navigational-style clicks from most visitors.
  • Optimized Ads on the single post page. This includes a 468 x 60 Banner across the top of the post, a wide 160 x 600 skyscraper beside the post and a 336 x 280 rectangle below the post.
  • Adsense unit colors are already blended with blog link and text colors. No need to pick and match colors on your part.
  • Search Engine Optimized and dynamic individual page titles, which places your keyword post titles before the blog name.
  • Compatible with WordPress 2.0+ and above.

Important User Notes

Remember to change the Publisher ID for the default Adsense units after you upload the theme! You’ll need to get your publisher id (e.g. pub-xxxxxx) and insert this in all the Adsense units, which are found in the following files:

For Single Post Pages:

  • Single_bottom_adverts.php – (336 x 280 Rectangle)
  • Single_top_adverts.php – (468 x 60 Banner)

For Link Unit in the Menu Bar:

  • Header_adverts.php – (Link units)

Customizing the Header with your own Banner

To insert your own header image, you need to take the following steps:

  1. Go to your stylesheet (style.css) and look for this “#header“. You should see the following code:

    padding-top: 0px;
    background: #ffffff
    height: 130px;

  2. Insert this code (in bold): url(’header.jpg’) top center no-repeat; right after “background: #ffffff ” on the same line.
  3. The new header section should look like this (The new code is highlighted in bold).:
    margin-bottom: 0px;
    margin-top: 0px;
    text-align: center;
    padding-top: 0px;
    background: #ffffff url(’header.jpg’) top center no-repeat;
    height: 130px;
  4. The header image that you want to use must be uploaded to the same folder as the other theme files and should be named ‘header.jpg
  5. The header image size should be 815 (width) x 130 (height) but you can easily change the height of the image.

This theme is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license and requires you to keep the author’s credit link.

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AdSense Revenue Sharing

ss1 AdSense Revenue Sharing is a wordpress plugin which allows you to easy display ads in your posts by using a quicktag and share your adsense impressions with your friends and co-authors. To dispaly the ads you can either insert anywhere in your post or use the quicktag button. For configuration go to Options > Revenue Sharing.

  • Nice admin area with live ad preview
  • Add as many co-authors as you desire
  • Simple add/edit/delete/reset co-authors
  • Fast insert your ads in you posts and pages
  • “Show all” feature to insert one ad at the end of every post

Download: AdSense Revenue Sharing 1.2 »

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Firefox AdSense Plugin

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If your WordPress blog uses AdSense, and you love Firefox you will love this plugin. Makes you money and makes the web a better place. When a user downloads and installs Firefox through your referral, we’ll credit your account with up to $1.00 (more details »).

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Description

AskApache Firefox Adsense is a simple plugin that displays a Firefox AdSense Ad (Google Referrals) on your blog.

The cool thing is that it will only show the ad to users that are not using Firefox, and only to users running Windows. Those are the requirements to getting paid by Google, and it doesn’t show the Ad to the intelligent people already using Firefox (or running linux/non-windows).

Google:

Firefox plus Google Toolbar: When a user you’ve referred to Firefox plus Google Toolbar runs Firefox for the first time, you’ll receive up to US$1 in your account, depending on the user’s location. Your referral must be a Windows user, who has not previously installed Firefox, in order for you to receive credit.

Installation

  1. Upload aa-firefox-adsense.zip to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Unzip into its own folder /wp-content/plugins/aa-firefox-adsense/aa-firefox-adsense.php
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress by clicking “AskApache Firefox Adsense”
  4. Go to your Options Panel and open the “AskApache Firefox Adsense” submenu. /wp-admin/options-general.php?page=aa-firefox-adsense.php
  5. Enter in your google firefox adsense code and hit the “Update Values” Button.
  6. Add the code on your pages by including <?php if(function_exists(‘aa_firefox_ad’))aa_firefox_ad();?> in your templates (1 per page, 1 ad per page).

Download: AskApache Firefox Adsense Plugin »

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WordPress 2.5.1

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Version 2.5.1 of WordPress is now available. It includes a number of bug fixes, performance enhancements, and one very important security fix. We recommend everyone update immediately, particularly if your blog has open registration. The vulnerability is not public but it will be shortly.

In addition to the security fix, 2.5.1 contains many bug fixes. If you are interested only in the security fixes, you can download these corrected copies of wp-includes/pluggable.php, wp-admin/includes/media.php, and wp-admin/media.php. Replace your existing copies of these files with these new copies.

If you download the entire 2.5.1 release, you will be getting over 70 other fixes. 2.5.1 focuses on fixing the most annoying bugs and improving performance. Here are some highlights:

  • Performance improvements for the Dashboard, Write Post, and Edit Comments pages.
  • Better performance for those who have many categories
  • Media Uploader fixes
  • An upgrade to TinyMCE 3.0.7
  • Widget Administration fixes
  • Various usability improvements
  • Layout fixes for IE

Secret lives of blogs

Since 2.5 your wp-config.php file allows a new constant called SECRET_KEY which basically is meant to introduce a little permanent randomness into the cryptographic functions used for cookies in WordPress. You can visit this link we set up to get a unique secret key for your config file. (It’s unique and random on every page load.) Having this line in your config file helps secure your blog.

Many thanks to Steven Murdoch for responsibly reporting the security issue (CVE-2008-1930) and Alex Concha for reporting an XSS issue.

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WordPress 2.5

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WordPress 2.5, the culmination of six months of work by the WordPress community, people just like you. The improvements in 2.5 are numerous, and almost entirely a result of your feedback: multi-file uploading, one-click plugin upgrades, built-in galleries, customizable dashboard, salted passwords and cookie encryption, media library, a WYSIWYG that doesn’t mess with your code, concurrent post editing protection, full-screen writing, and search that covers posts and pages.

For a short overview of the features with screenshots, it’d be best to visit our sneak peek announcement for RC1. Or check out a 4-minute screencast of the new interface in action. If you just want to jump straight to the good stuff here’s where you can find 2.5 upgrade and download information.

If you want to see everything I would grab a cup of coffee or a mojito, because this post is epic.

User Features

Cleaner, faster, less cluttered dashboard — we’ve worked hard to take your feedback about what’s most important in the dashboard and organize things to allow you to focus on what’s important — your blog — and get out of your way. In collaboration with Happy Cog and the community we’ve taken the first major step forward in the WordPress interface since version 1.5.

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Blogging Wars – WordPress vs. Blogger

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“There’s a war going on in the blogosphere, and it has nothing to do with bloggers dissing each other on their respective websites. The war is about control of the blogosphere by several great, many good, and tons of terrible blogging platforms. The average newbie now has “too many” options to choose from, and the battle for blogging supremacy is hotter than ever.

At my website and blogs, I’m always asked the question “Is WordPress better than Blogger?”. The answer, of course, is “Yes”. But to really understand why, it’s important to look at both blogging platforms side-by-side and see which one you really need. Here’s the comparison scale:

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Adsense Injection – The WordPress Plugin

adsense-example “I was looking for a simple simple WordPress plugin that just inserted Adsense code randomly into a pre-existing blog. All the ones I found would only replace an Adsense comment with Adsense code. That’s great if you want to go through every article you have and post little adsense tags, but for a site that has some bulk to it, it sucks.

It also increased banner blindness by keeping the ads in the same place time after time.

My new Adsense Injection plugin just takes a random paragraph (or br tag) break in your article and inserts adsense code. It does one per story on multi-post pages (home, archive, category) and let’s you pick how many to show on single post pages. It lets you pick how many total ads to show at any time as well (0-3) and it lets you set the formats and colors you want it to randomly select from.

I’m using it on this blog if that gives you an idea of how it works.

Version 2.0 Let’s you show YPN ads as well as Google, although I can’t test it because they wouldn’t give me an account in their precious beta launch. : (

If you want to keep ads from displaying on specific posts, use the tag in the post HTML somewhere. I do that on a few posts on this site. Go look for them. It’s like a treasure hunt where no one wins!

If you want to keep ads from displaying above a certain point in a post, use the tag in the post HTML where you want it to start.

Here’s an example of how to fill out the Adsense Injection Options page. Use your own adsense ID.”

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Download: Adsense Injection v. 2.0

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WordPress 2.3.3

wordpress-icon-96 WordPress 2.3.3 is an urgent security release. If you have registration enabled a flaw was found in the XML-RPC implementation such that a specially crafted request would allow a user to edit posts of other users on that blog. In addition to fixing this security flaw, 2.3.3 fixes a few minor bugs. If you are interested only in the security fix, download the fixed version of xmlrpc.php and copy it over your existing xmlrpc.php. Otherwise, you can get the entire release here.

Also, there is a vulnerability in the WP-Forum plugin that is being actively exploited right now. If you are using this plugin, please remove it until an update is available from its author.

Since we are talking security, remember to use strong passwords and change them regularly.  While you’re updating WP and your plugins, consider refreshing your passwords.

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