WordPress for Blackberry – Now This Changes Everything

Every once in a while a tweet comes up on my Blackberry Pearl that sends me running for the nearest Netbook because I am so fired up I HAVE to blog about immediately.

Interestingly enough, the very tweet that last elicited such a response from me is the very same that will eventually save me the hassle of having to find a computer at all.

At this year’s WordCamp 2009 in San Francisco, the announcement came that Automattic is developing a full-blown WordPress blogging app for all models of Research in Motion’s Blackberry phones including the 8700, Pearl, Curve, Bold, and Storm. Although the app is still in beta, it can be downloaded for free so you can test it out and ideally even offer some feedback on its progress. It is recommended that you test this out with a private or non-essential blog as there are still kinks and bugs and we wouldn’t want you to cause any damage remotely.

An early look at the software, developed in partnership with Danais – the good people behind the MoPress Open Source project

it appears the mobile blogging app lives up to the WordPress standard; it is elegant, clean and comprehensive, all reasons that WordPress grabbed hold of the major market share in blogging platforms to begin with.

Although the interface is a little different than WP administrative back end to which you have become accustomed, it is designed to work best in the small real estate afforded by mobile phones – but, with certain phones, will allow you to work in landscape mode to maximize the viewing area.

But enough talk, let’s actually see this upcoming marvel in action – let’s take a look at the official WordPress for Blackberry beta video from Automattic:

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How to install the Beta from your Blackberry:

Point your BB to http://blackberry.wordpress.org/install Brother release . Most BlackBerrys will install apps, including this one, in the “Downloads” folder.

If You Find A Bug:

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If You Want To Contribute

If you are a developer and want to get your hands dirty, the source code can be found along with a copy of the app via SVN: http://blackberry.svn.wordpress.org/.

In Summary

I couldn’t be more excited about two of my favorite things coming together like so much peanut butter and chocolate: My Blackberry and WordPress.  The delicious aroma from the Automattic kitchen smells a lot like new-found freedom.

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Keram is a new media consultant, music producer, actor and writer who opines on SEO at blogging-fool.com.  Keram recently launched ConstantChange.TV, a new WordPress-based video portal featuring his media company’s short films and videos.

Upgrade to WordPress 2.8.4 – An Important Security Release

The WordPress community has been vigilant in ensuring that WordPress is as secure as possible against any malicious attacks, the development userbase prying even further than Automattic itself in scouring the code for any possible vulnerabilities. The result of this thoroughness is the 2.8.4 update.

Automattic describes the small but important patch thusly:

“A specially crafted URL could be requested that would allow an attacker to bypass a security check to verify a user requested a password reset. As a result, the first account without a key in the database (usually the admin account) would have its password reset and a new password would be emailed to the account owner.”

It is strongly recommended that all custom WordPress installations apply this update immediately.

If you haven’t already, you can apply this update via the simple upgrade button visible from your admin panel. As always, you may want to backup your database if you have any uncertainty about this patch, your installation or otherwise.

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WordPress 2.8.3 Available For Download – Security Release

Either WordPress is getting buggier or its community is getting more vigilante and eagle-eyed about patching up any possible security vulnerability in the widely used blogging software from company Automattic.

The third .01 update in two months has been released to fix and plug some 40 security vulnerabilities in the latest release named “Baker.”

Automattic released WordPress 2.8.2 less than a month ago and bloggers commented on the accelerated pace of the updates. Well, the fact that performing the update is as easy as clicking the Update Now button from the admin panel, (a function that was improved for stability in 2.8.2) means that it can only be a good thing; less vulnerabilities = more happy.

For details on this release and download links from the official site, visit the page for update 2.8.3 at WordPress.org

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Keram is a new media consultant, music producer, actor and writer who opines on SEO at blogging-fool.com and podcasts at keramcast.com.

WordPress 2.8.2 Released to Patch Security Issue

Hot on the heels of the recent 2.8.1 update

for WordPress Baker, Auttomatic and its development community have released yet another .1 update to patch an important security vulnerability, applicable to all custom installations running versions 2.8 and 2.8.1.

The official statement:

“WordPress 2.8.2 fixes an XSS vulnerability. Comment author URLs were not fully sanitized when displayed in the admin. This could be exploited to redirect you away from the admin to another site. Download 2.8.2 or automatically upgrade from the Tools->Upgrade page of your blog’s admin.”

If you are running any version above 2.7, you will most likely see a notice at the top of your admin panel advising you of this most recent update, with the option to do a one-click update. It is strongly recommended you do so as soon as possible.

The update replaces some ten files, but does not appear to modify the database structure in any way.

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WordPress v2.8.1 – Why You Should Update Now

Although WordPress 2.8 (“Baker”) was a thing of beauty and brought a plethora of significant changes and improvements, it comprised hundreds of patches, fixes and some rather heavy new behaviors – for example the ability to simply deactivate a widget rather than remove it outright, or to drag and drop widgets back and forth.

Given the amount of new functionality added, the release was surprisingly stable, but invariably, some annoyances and even security holes came with it. Well the good people at Auttomatic hurried to get everything patched as best they could, and the real thanks must go to the community of programmers that rushed to plug up the leaks.

Among the most important fixes in 2.8.1:

Files being deleted during upgrade

Many users complained, and some became downright angry that using the automatic updater for Worpdress was a risky affair to say the least, and often left all sorts of junk behind or even worse, it inefficiently removed files no longer needed, often breaking installations completely. Thankfully, it was a bug, it was identified, and has been patched in 2.8.1

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Sometimes terrible things happen after installing a plugin or updating, like an ugly warning suddenly showing up at the top of your meticulously crafted WordPress site. This can lead to great frustration and confusion, especially for those who don’t read php and no real answers forthcoming about how to fix it. The cause for this warning is now fixed, and no it wasn’t your fault.

Warnings after post/page save
Speaking of annoyances and confusion – 2.8 introduced a glitch wherein trying to leave a post entry page warned that the content had not been saved. I am not sure whether this is also what led to the ensuing “there is a previous autosave of this post” message, but rest assured, your work was being saved, but the alarm bells were going off anyway. Fixed in 2.8.1.

Another nice little optimization introduced is that the admin dashboard memory usage is reduced.  Some people were running out of memory when loading the dashboard, resulting in an incomplete page.  This should make things run a little quicker and smoother.

Furthermore they have increase download_url() timeout from 30 to 60 giving you a little more wiggle room before getting a nasty timeout error.

Security Fix

Last, but never least, security is the main reason to update your WP installation to 2.8.1 as soon as possible. As the developer’s state:

“Core Security Technologies notified us that admin pages added by certain plugins could be viewed by unprivileged users, resulting in information being leaked. Not all plugins are vulnerable to this problem, but we advise upgrading to 2.8.1 to be safe.”

Don’t leave your precious site vulnerable to attack. If you are already running WordPress Baker, install this latest point 1 patch now.

To learn more about the WordPress 2.8.1 patch to Baker, visit the official patch notes page at WordPress.org

To see a comprehensive lists of fixes since 2.8 visit this page that displays a complete listing.

One final note – for those of you using the SimplePress Forums, be sure to download and install the latest update

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(4.0.4) so that it is fully compatible with 2.8.1

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Keram is a new media consultant, music producer, actor and writer who opines on SEO at blogging-fool.com

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My Top Five Favorite New Features in WordPress 2.8

Chet Baker, the jazz musician whose silky smooth voice was matched by his seemingly effortless trumpet playing was the inspiration for the name of the latest update to WordPress.  The new version 2.8, titled “Baker” is the follow up to “Coltrane”, and this new version, with much simplified and yet more powerful admin pages, advanced customization options and a whole lot of slick changes to the interface does indeed live up to its name.

Performing the update to your site should be as simple as click the new link that will appear at the top of your admin pages reading: “WordPress 2.8 is available”.  Before you do, be sure, as always, to backup you database.  There are many articles here at WP-Blogger.com that teach you how to do this correctly.

While there are literally hundreds of updates and fixes in this revision, here are my top five favorite new features and changes in WordPress 2.8:

1. Smarter Widgets

At long last, Automattic did indeed answer my prayers with the new drag-and-drop widgets admin interface!  The best aspect of this update (and arguably my favorite overall in all of WP 2.8) is that you can store widget settings when you deactivate them.  For anyone who has ever entered a wall of code into one general text widget (like I do with all the blog directory buttons that I am linked from – for example bloggernity, blogcatalog, technorati etc.) or adsense or other affiliate code – this is a huge time saver. It also allows much easier testing – sometimes you may want to see whether more or less ads are more or less effective.

2. Plug and Play Themes

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Browse the theme directory and install themes from the admin – being able to install themes right from within WordPress rather than having to download, decompress and upload via ftp is another small but significant wonder of this release.

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Allow case-insensitive logins – this makes the process far more semantic. Sure it’s slightly less secure, but in terms of convenience, a smart move as you always want to make the user’s experience as simple and unobtrusive as possible.

4. Multiple Galleries per Page

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5. Per Page option for plugins

The option to choose what plugins manifest on what page is the sort of customization that makes a WordPress portal feel less like a sandbox and more like a dynamic destination.

All of these seemingly small distinctions, can collectively result in a much more customized and accurate representation of the experience you want to bring to your readers.

To see the extensive and complete list of additions, fixes and changes go the official WordPress Baker page at: http://codex.wordpress.org/Version_2.8

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5 Websites Using WordPress As A CMS

WordPress is extremely powerful and can be made to do anything with the right resources. It’s so much more than a blogging platform. That is by far the most exciting aspect of the platform. The WordPress backend is so powerful that it can drive huge websites with thousands of pages of content without even blinking an eye.

To give you an idea what is possible with using WordPress as a full fledged Content Management System, here are some examples of mainstream websites using WorPpress as a CMS.

Martha Stewart

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Yes, domestic Goddess Martha Stewart has a blog and it’s running on WordPress. It’s a sharp design built well to integrate into the content filled MarthaStewart.com. Good job Martha. You know how to entertain bloggers properly.

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10 Downing Street

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This is a fantastic implementation of WordPress on a big scale. The site uses WordPress as a great way to show off content easily. They’ve also implemented various social networking websites very well. I love the simplicity of this website, a site that one would expect to be huge and elaborate.

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Mental Floss

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Mental Floss is a fantastic print magazine and they also put out a ton of great stuff on their website, which is entirely run on WordPress. They’ve obviously done quite a bit of customization but the result is an impressive amount of content managed in a useful and efficient manner.

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DPS started out as a blog but it has turned into so much more. It’s a full fledged community driven by WordPress. The theme is heavily customized along with the backend, but the imprint of WordPress is unmistakable. They’ve managed to take one giant blog and split it into 3 blogs, all using the same installation of WordPress. A beautiful design well implemented and thought out.

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Boy’s Life Magazine

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Boy’s Life was one of my favorite magazines as a kid and it’s great to see that they’ve embraced WordPress in such an excellent way. Their design is unique and they’ve managed to present lots of content in a useful way. There’s a lot of great stuff on this site and they’ve managed to implement it well. Very cool.

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Besides these sites, there are many others out there that are also utilizing WordPress as a CMS. As time moves on, I suspect than more and more websites will start using WordPress. Mainly because it is free and very easy to use on the backend. Plus plugins and themes make it really easy to customize to your needs, regardless if you are using it for a blog or website.

What’s your favorite use of WordPress as a CMS?

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WordPress 2.3 Beta

For the past 3 months the guys at WordPress.org have been working on the next version of WordPress. They have just released the first beta of 2.3 and are hoping the more adventurous among the wpbloggers out there will help with testing it.

Some of the features of 2.3 include:

  • plugin and core update notification
  • built-in tags support
  • faster javascript
  • SEO-friendly URL redirection

Only test the beta if you are comfortable troubleshooting PHP issues, filing tickets, and backing up your data religiously.

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WordPress 2.2 "Getz" Available for Download

The new WordPress version is ready:

“This version includes a number of new features, most notably Widgets integration, and over two hundred bug fixes. It’s named in honor of tenor saxophonist Stan Getz.”

Being a musician myself, I really dig that all WordPress releases are named in honor of jazz musicians and composers. I’m looking forward to a Coltrane, Shorter or Hancock release.

Among the new features available are:

  • WordPress Widgets
  • Full Atom support
  • A new Blogger importer
  • Infinite comment stream
  • Protection from activating a plugin or editing a file that will break your blog
  • Core plugin and filter speed optimizations
  • A hook for WYSIWYG support in a future version of Safari

As well as UI and accessibility improvements and a great deal of new developer features.

Download the latest stable release of WordPress here. As usual, installation and upgrading information is available.

WordPress 2.2 Delayed

WordPress next release, which was scheduled to be out on April 23rd has been delayed until further notice. Apparently they are still “polishing things up”, as Matt Mullenweg wrote on his blog some days ago.

Some of the new features announced include:

  • Permalink redirection
  • Improved comment editing
  • Widgets
  • Atom 1.0 support for feeds.
  • Multiple format comment feeds, including Atom.
  • Switched to jQuery for core JS, which is lighter and faster.
  • Atom API support.
  • Additional XML-RPC APIs for pages and such.
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I will let you know as soon as the word is out.