WordPress 3.2 Gershwin Released – new interface, and much more

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

While we were all celebrating July 4th, WordPress 3.2 was released.

The purpose of the release seems to be in streamlining the administrative control panel for both speed and ease of use.

Included in major release, are the following:

  • Heavily improved admin interface
  • IE6 Support dropped (yay, don’t worry, this is only for the admin, and likely the default theme — sites will still work in IE6 if designed for it)
  • PHP 5.2.4 required (does not support PHP 4 anymore)
  • MySQL 5 required
  • New Twenty Eleven default theme (built for us to play with, in HTML5)
  • New “Zen Mode” editor removing all the distractions
Here’s the video supplied by WordPress to win over everyone:

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Help: WordPress Update to 3.1 (or any version) Crashed my Site

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

I just updated this site to WordPress 3.1, and it took the site down.  The automatic updated failed to update the site, and left the site in a permanent “500 Internal Server Error”.

How to fix any failed WordPress core Update (3.1 included)

Understand that one beautify of WordPress is that the core software is entirely separate from any customizations (if done right).  This means as long as you leave 2 items alone, you can replace your entire install.

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WordPress 3.1 Released

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Update your WordPress installations, WordPress 3.1 is released.

Some of the changes in 3.1:

  • Internal Linking – no more copying the URLs!
  • Admin Bar – not sure what this really is
  • Streamlined Writing Interface – hiding some of the usual stuff on the editor screen will make life a little easier.
  • Post Formats – New Theme Feature! You can specify what the post format is (gallery, link, image, quote, etc), and themes can now adapt to that
  • Network Admin – Here’s a screenshot of the new Network Admin Users screen.  Core super admin tasks are removed from various menus, an organized.
  • List-type Admin Screens – native support for sortable columns of list-type screens, better pagination
  • Exporter/Importer update – the export/import functionality has been redone to handle structure, terms, and navigation menus (guess they left that out)
  • Advanced Queries! – We can finally query multiple taxonomies an custom fields!
  • Refreshed Admin color scheme – well, guess you have to do something visual.

I have seen the automatic upgrade pop up in a few client sites, but not all.  If you don’t see it, you can always download and force an update.

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Help: WordPress Home Page Redirects to a Post?

Friday, January 7th, 2011 | Business | 4 Comments

For the past week I’ve been trying to fix up my blog, and get writing again (it’s been busy with work and the holidays).  About 3 days ago I setup a new CDN from my web host, Media Temple.

Things were going great.

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Help: WordPress is stuck in Maintenance Mode and is unavailable

Friday, July 30th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

If you see the following:

Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.

and you can’t log get back into your WordPress install to fix anything…

I have a solution!

You just need to rename the “.maintenance” file to something else, I used “old.maintenance”

Once that file is renamed (or deleted, but I recommend renamed), your WordPress installation should work again.

Worked for me

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Comment Spammer Blacklist?

Thursday, July 8th, 2010 | Business | 5 Comments

Not a big surprise, running a blog I get tons of comment spammers.  Lots of “Good info” and “I really like this, can you elaborate more”.

Does anyone know of a comment spammer blacklist?  I’ve been thinking of starting one.  Manually writing down IPs that are obviously spamming trying to get more inbound links.

I’m happy if people link to their website with a useful link, but don’t waste everyone’s time.


Just saw a great post covering 4 WordPress commenter blacklist plugins — The 4 Best WordPress Commenter Blacklist Plugins.

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WordPress plugin HeadSpace2 Problems Fixed – Version 2.6.33 Released

Sunday, June 27th, 2010 | Business | 2 Comments

This morning I got an email saying a new version, 2.6.33, was released.

I’ve downloaded and tested the plugin, it fixes all the issues that have been reported.

Thanks to Urban Giraffe for responding quickly with the update.

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HeadSpace2 – Problems with WordPress 3 (Post Tags)

Friday, June 18th, 2010 | Business | 8 Comments

I just noticed that “Post Tags” doesn’t work now that I’ve installed WordPress 3.  When you type the default text doesn’t go away, and the Add button doesn’t do anything.

The culprit seems to be HeadSpace2.  If you disable the plugin, Post Tags work again.

If you want to keep it on, you can always add tags through the post listing page and “Quick Edit”.

I haven’t tested this, but I’d bet if you turned off the Post Tag “Suggest” functionality in HeadSpace2, Post Tags would work again.

UPDATE – 2010/06/27

Just got an email from Urban Giraffe saying that HeadSpace has been updated to version 2.6.33.  I’ve tested, and it fixes the problem — thanks guys!

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How to speed up your WordPress Blog

Friday, June 18th, 2010 | Business | 2 Comments

I finally got around to speeding up my WordPress blog and wanted to share with everyone the various things I did.  I reduced my average page load time on certain pages from 15 seconds to about 1.5 seconds.  That’s a big change.

My favorite test was a quick click through.  On my new host I timed 6 page loads down to about 5 seconds.  When I did the same test on my old setup, it took about 20 seconds (I know, below the 15 seconds average, that was really only for 1 page, but one of my most trafficked pages).

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WordPress 3 Released!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010 | Business | 2 Comments

WordPress 3.0 is released, download it now!

Some of the cool features of WordPress 3.0, taken from WordPress.org:

  • WordPress and WordPress MU have merged, allowing the management of multiple sites (called Multisite) from one WordPress installation.
  • New default theme “Twenty Ten” takes full advantage of the current features of WordPress.
  • New custom menu management feature, allows creation of custom menus combining posts, pages, categories, tags, and links for use in theme menus or widgets.
  • Custom header and background APIs.
  • Contextual help text accessed under the Help tab of every screen in the WordPress administration.
  • Ability to set the admin username and password during installation.
  • Bulk updating of themes with an automatic maintenance mode during the process.
  • Support for shortlinks.
  • Improved Custom post types and custom taxonomies including hierarchical (category-style) support. (Try the Custom Post Type UI or GD Custom Posts And Taxonomies Tools plugins to see the possibilities.)
  • A lighter admin color scheme to increase accessibility and put the focus more squarely on your content.

You can read more about features on their site.

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