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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How to Manage the "array_keys() [function.array-keys]:" Message

Photo by <a href=You don’t have to be a programmer to enjoy the myriad benefits and virtues of WordPress, but every once in a while you may try something seemingly innocuous only to discover that you are suddenly faced with some very programmer-like message.

Look at the bright side – there is usually an easy fix and you will be able to feel like an extreme coder for solving it!

The following message may appear after a WordPress update or, more often than not, from copy and pasting a code snippet from some blog directory into that ever powerful open space that is the Text widget.

Warning: array_keys() [function.array-keys]: The first argument should be an array in /home/maindomain/public_html/mydomain/wp-includes/widgets.php on line 676

Although there is no easy explanation about what the cause of this problem might be (it can be a variety of issues), it likely has something to do with a funky piece of code that your database didn’t like.  The problem is your blog is very unhappy now and you just want to go back to the way things were before the problem started.

This is one of those cases where the objective is not to understand why, but rather how to get back to the way things were before the problem started.

First the bad news – you may lose any custom code you entered in your various widgets in the form of php, html and text.

The good news is that not all is lost: with a few simple steps you should be back up and running in no time.

Using your FTP client as discussed in my previous troubleshooting article

, navigate to your root folder of your WordPress installation and find the file called wp-config.php

Click to view/edit, or save it to your desktop and open it in Notepad or a proper code editor like Dreamweaver.

If you take a look, a few lines down you should see the following lines:

define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8'); define('DB_COLLATE', '');

What you want to do is to remove (“REM”) these statements out by adding a pair of slashes in front of each line so it looks like this:

// define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8');
// define('DB_COLLATE', '');

Save the file and upload it (overwrite) to your root folder where you found it.

Now log back into your WordPress site and open up any text or php widgets and copy the code therein to your Notepad so that you can add them back in later.  If you know what code caused the problem, avoid putting this back in after this fix.  That is bad code.  Bad.  It will sleep in the dog house tonight.

Now remove those plugins and save your widget sidebar.

Things should go more or less back to normal.

Now go back to the file you edited on your desktop and remove the slashes you added in front of the two lines you found in the wp-config.php file.

Save and reupload (overwrite) the file back to your root directory on the server.

Now you can go back and recreate the custom text widgets, copying and inserting the code you have waiting for you in your Notepad.

For further notes on this issue see the following support forum at WordPress.

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Does Your Blog Look Like A Textbook?

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It’s no secret that many readers get bored when reading nothing but text. I’m the same way when I read blogs and websites. If I wanted to read text, I’d pick up one of my old textbooks and start reading. That’s why it is important to spice up your blog posts with pictures.

The problem is that it can be pretty difficult to take your own pictures for every post you write. Stock photos are a great alternative but many bloggers do not have the means of spending a bunch of money for pictures. Especially if you blog for hobby and not for profit.

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Luckily there is another option. And guess what, it’s really simple to use and costs nothing! What I’m talking about is the Photo Dropper plugin, which is available for download here . This plugin allows you to use photos from Flickr that have a Creative Commons license. In other words, the photos are free to use as long as you provide the necessary information.

The plugin will automatically add the photo credits and hyperlinks necessary to use the photos. There is even an option to only search pictures that can be used for commercial use. So I highly recommend checking that option if you make any money from your blog.

How To Install It

Installing the Photo Dropper plugin is a piece of cake. Just download the file from the website and then upload it to your plugins folder. Once it’s uploaded, head over to your plugins page and activate it. Once it is activated, simply go to the plugin settings under the settings tab. It’s that easy!

How To Use It

Now that the plugin is installed, you are probably wondering how to use it. The good news is using the plugin is as simple as installing it. The plugin automatically adds a “PJ” logo in the write post screen which should be visible to the right of the add media button. You can then click the button to add an image just like the normal add image function in WordPress.

Once the Photo Dropper window opens, simply time something in the search box. It will return any images from Flickr that have the keywords in them. Then you simply select the alignment and size of the picture to insert. Simple!

It will automatically add the links below the image along with the Creative Commons logo and license. That way you are free to use the pictures at your own will. Just be sure to double check the license settings for the images directly on Flickr as well. Sometimes people change their license settings and it hasn’t updated in Photo Dropper yet.

So grab a copy of the plugin now and start adding photos to your posts. Your readers will love you for it!