WordPress 3.8 Released

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 | Business | No Comments

WordPressWordPress 3.8 was just announced and is available.

Looks great!

Changes include:

  • New Admin Interface (drastically updates colors / type)
  • New Twenty Fourteen theme – magazine style based theme for us to play with


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WordPress 3.4.2 Update Released

Friday, September 7th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

Another WordPress maintenance release

The WordPress team released the 3.4.2 maintenance and security update addressing some bugs and security issues.

The fixes:

  • Old browser fixes for the admin
  • Plugin compatibility fixes
  • Theme preview bug fixes
  • Address pagination rewrite fixes
  • Header image sizing fixed
  • Trackback error fixes

Download or update in your WordPress dashboard

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jQuery: How can I target a specific tag, such as UL?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

jQueryjQuery is a flexible javascript framework that lets you do a lot.  One major component of jQuery is the concept of the “selector“.

If you want to apply some jQuery code to an item, you use it’s selector.  For example to turn on a class for all anchor tags (A) you use:

$(“a“).toggleClass(“className”, true);

The “a” in bold is the “selector”.  In this case we told jquery (which is “$”) to select all anchor tags.  We then said, “with what is selected, toggle the className class on”.

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WordPress 3.4.1 Maintenance / Security update Released

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

WordPressTime to update again..

WordPress released the 3.4.1 update addressing some basic maintenance issues and a few security vulnerabilities.

Some fixes:

  • Theme’s page template detection fix (this could get annoying)
  • Category permalink structure fix
  • Better plugin JS integration (this has annoyed me a few times)
  • Better compatibility with PHP 5.2.4 and PHP 5.4, as well as allowing for some other “non standard” setups.

Download or update in your WordPress dashboard

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Help: Uploading MP3s on WordPress doesn’t work

Monday, April 30th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

WordPressToday I ran into a minor issue with WordPress.

When uploading an MP3 file (in my case, although I’m sure many other file types) — I was getting an “HTTP Error” or “Internal Server Error” depending on how I uploaded the file.  The file wasn’t even that big, just a 150K test file.

There were 2 things that had to happen..

Add an MP3 Mime Type

Out of the box, WordPress doesn’t want you to upload an MP3 file to the Media Library.  You have to add it.

You can do this by using the “upload_mimes” hook in your functions.php file:

function addMimeTypes($mimes) {
    $newmimes = array_merge($mimes, array(
        'mp3' => 'audio/mpeg'
    return $newmimes;
add_filter('upload_mimes', 'addMimeTypes');

Disable FastCGI

Yes, unfortunately FastCGI use of PHP was causing me to have problems so I had to switch back to PHP being run as an Apache Module.

To do this, you’ll have to find out per your hosting provider how to do this.  I’m at Media Temple and it was pretty easy.

Keep in mind that FastCGI lowers your memory usage, and disabling it may have other negative effects.

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WordPress 3.3.2 Released

Saturday, April 21st, 2012 | Business | No Comments

WordPressYesterday WordPress released version 3.3.2.

Included are some minor security fixes, and maintenance issues.  Not database changes were made.


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WordPress 3.4 Beta 1 Released

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

WordPressThis morning it was announced that the WordPress 3.4 Beta 1 was released.

If you are a web developer who develops custom themes and/or plugins, you should be watching the next release as there are changes very relevant to your work.

Here’s some of what’s new:

  • Theme Customizer with Previewer
  • Flexible Custom Header Sizes
  • Selecting Custom Header and Background Images from Media Library
  • Better experience searching for and choosing a theme

And some of the under-the-hood changes:

  • New XML-RPC API for external and mobile applications
  • New API for registering theme support for custom headers and backgrounds
  • Performance improvements to WP_Query by splitting the query (Please test!)
  • Internationalization improvements (improved performance and locale support)
  • Performance and API improvements when working with lists of installed themes
  • Support for installing child themes from the WordPress Themes Directory

You can download the WordPress 3.4 Beta 1 here.

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Is WordPress Dead?

Thursday, January 12th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

I just ran across WordPress has left the building, by Kevinjohn Gallagher.

From his post:

… I love WordPress. With it, I have felt a genuine affinity for a product the likes of which is matched only by my Commodore64. It will be exceptionally strange for me to no longer recommend WordPress.

The reality is that we’ve moved in different directions, and if I’m honest this decision has been coming for a long time. Over the last year, for the first time since we started, we’ve migrated more clients away from, rather than to WordPress.

Everyone has the right to choose any CMS they want, but they should know why they are making that decision.

An excellent response by Joe Brockmeier, Missing the Point of WordPress Entirely:

Let’s look at some of Gallagher’s requirements, and ask ourselves was WordPress ever intended to do these things or were the expectations a little off?

Read his article, he goes into much more detail, but I wanted some room for my own opinions.

WordPress is a Tool

That’s just it, a tool.  A tool is only as useful as the person using it.

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How to enable Mod_Rewrite in Apache2 on Ubuntu

Monday, January 9th, 2012 | Business | 11 Comments

LinuxWas just doing this, and thought it’d be a nice guide to write up.

I’m assuming you already have Apache2 installed on your machine.  If not, check how to install Apache 2 on Ubuntu.

Mod_rewrite is a module that allows runtime modification of the URL structure.  Typically this is to allow .htaccess directives to implement friendly URLs.  This is done frequently in WordPress and many other CMSes.

Link to the Module

Apache 2 on Ubuntu is a bit different than some servers, as Apache is usually controlled in the /etc/apache2 directory.

There will be 2 directories for enabling mods, they are /etc/apache2/mods-enabled and /etc/apache2/mods-available.  Mods-enabled includes a list (hopefully links) of files that are enabled via the configuration file (if you look, there’s a command to load all modules in that directory).  Mods-available, is all modules you can enable.

To create the link:

cd /etc/apache2/mods-enabled
ln -s ../mods-available/rewrite.load rewrite.load

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Help: WordPress broke after 3.3 Upgrade

Monday, December 19th, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

I just ran into a client who’s WordPress installation broke due to the 3.3 upgrade.

The symptom was the WYSIWYG editor didn’t load (which was just a big Javascript error loading supporting scripts).  This could manifest itself in any Javascript functionality (admin bar, popup menus, etc) not working.

The Fix

The fix is easy, you need to install WordPress 3.3.1 (when it comes out).  For those of you who need this fixed immediately, you can install the Hotfix 0.8 plugin.  It will disable the JSON support that is breaking in 3.3.

UPDATE – 2012-01-03

WordPress has released version 3.3.1 which is supposed to fix this issue.

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