WordPress weekly digest #1 (10 dec, 2010)

Every Friday I will bring you some of the most important (and hopefully interesting) developments in the world of WordPress in an easy to read and short digest.

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WordPress 3.0.2 and 3.0.3 security patches released

WordPress released 2 security patches last week.

3.0.3  is maintenance release and fixes a moderate security issue that could allow a malicious Author-level user to gain further access to your site.  It addresses a handful of bugs, and provides some additional security enhancements.

If you run a self hosted WordPress website then you are advised to upgrade.

WordPress 1.3.8 for Android phones released

This a few weeks old but I thought it worth a mention. This lets you write, edit and publish posts via your Android phone. I have used this on my HTC HD and it works very well.  For more information take a look at http://android.wordpress.org/.

There is also a WordPress app for iphone, ipod touch and ipad at http://ios.wordpress.org/

WordPress theme developers come under attack

Woothemes – one of the leading WordPress theme developers – was taken down this week by a denial-of-service attack.

A message on the temporary Woothemes staging website reads

“Our server is still under attack and has been since Monday at 9pm GMT. Other theme providers like Templatic and Theme-junkie are also under attack, so it is not just us. “

Tumblr goes down for 24 hours

Hosted blogging service Tumblr was taken down for 24 hours this week.  In an update, Tumblr founder David Karp apologised for the outage, which he blamed on a technical glitch.

“Yesterday afternoon, during planned maintenance that was not intended to interrupt service, an issue arose that took down a critical database cluster. This brought down our entire network while our engineers worked feverishly to restore these databases and bring your blogs back online.”


Visualise data easily with the Datapress WordPress plugin

This plugin looks very interesting for projects where you need to take data and present it in a visually interesting way.

“Datapress is a wordpress plugin that allows you to configure beautiful data presentations for your blog entries using MIT’s Exhibit framework.  Without knowing any HTML, you can present your data in timelines, maps, charts, and graphs from within your blog.”

Take a look over at the DataPress demo website

BuddyPress Group Email Subscription plugin updated

This plugin is especially useful  if you are looking build and maintain interest in your website as it automatically notifies readers of new activity (but they control notifications)

The Group Email Subscription plugin is one of the best plugins for Buddypress as it allows your community members to receive email notifications of group activity, especially forum posts.  There are possible 5 levels of email notification (including no email, daily, weekly, new topics, all) .

WordPress SEO plugin update

The all in one SEO plugin for WordPress has been updated to version 0.2.1. You can download the plugin here.  This plugin helps you optimise (for search engines) every element of your WordPress website.

To submit your WordPress project or news for next week’s digest please feel free to contact me at any of the following:

Jamie Marsland
07909 449 617
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