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

PHP Warning at menu-header.php line 118
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

Sphere

(4.0.4) so that it is fully compatible with 2.8.1

About the Author:

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

and society at theculturepin.com. Keram recently released a solo acoustic CD titled “Box”.

Encourage Comments With The CommentLuv Plugin

When it comes to judging the popularity of a blog, many people look at the amount of comments each post gets. Many popular blogs such as Problogger.net easily receive over 50 comments a day. As soon a post goes live they start receiving feedback. That’s a lot of comments…

However, my guess is that your blog isn’t receiving that many. Am I right? You are not alone. Many bloggers, especially beginners, struggle to get comments on their posts. I still remember when I first started blogging and didn’t receive a comment for 3 months! Since then I have written a few posts that have received more than 65 comments.

So how does an average Joe blogger get more comments?

By Encouraging Them

It’s true, the best way to get your readers to leave comments is to give them something in return. And the easiest way to do that is to give them a link to their latest post right below their comment. This not only gives you more comments, but it also gives your readers an incentive to start leaving some feedback. They might even get a few extra visitors from the link you gave them.

The CommentLuv Plugin

The best part of all is there is a WordPress plugin available that does this automatically. The name of the plugin is CommentLuv American Pie dvd . It will grab the commentators latest post from their RSS feed and automatically insert it below their comment. It’s a great way of saying “thank you” to your readers for taking the time to comment.

What It Looks Like

You’re probably wondering if all these links in your comments will look like spam. Luckily, it styles them in a great way and keeps them simple and easy to rear. To demonstrate the plugin, I recently left a comment on one of my friends blogs. Here is what the plugin looks like in action:

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Notice how it added the box below my comment and hyperlinked my lastest post title? You can also choose some of your older posts if you signup over at CommentLuv and claim your feed.

Installation

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Installing the plugin is as easy as any other plugin. Simply download the plugin (available here

download robocop ) and upload it your plugins folder. From their you simply have to activate it and then configure a few simple options. It also helps to “claim your feed,” which can be done on the CommentLuv plugin.

Give It A Try

So I encourage you to give this plugin a try and see what happens to the amount of comments you receive. Don’t be afraid to write a post promoting your new plugin so your readers know it’s their. They will more than likely thank you for it.

Here is link to the download page: Download CommentLuv