WordPress Security Update Released: Version 2.8.5

A security release for WordPress has just been rolled out and it’s recommended that all WordPress sites upgrade as the release will prevent your site from being targeted from a newly discovered exploit.

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WordPress 2.7

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I’ve been anticipating the WordPress 2.7 release, named “Coltrane”, since WordCamp NYC back in October. Initially, the thought of another major dashboard redesign made me a bit nervous. After all the negative reactions to the 2.6 design I hoped that it would not be a repeat performance.

The end result is that, while there is still room for improvement, the new interface is taking things in a positive direction. The ability to edit the contents and layout of the dashboard and the Write screen are enough of a benefit that I can overlook the minor frustrations of having to scroll down to find menu options when I have too many menus expanded in the dashboard navigation.

I’ve upgraded my own blog and plan to begin upgrading my clients blogs sometime next week. If you would like to get an overview of some of the bigger changes check out this very professionally produced screencast:

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WordPress 2.5 is officially here!

WordPressI admit it. I’ve been running a few sites off various iterations of the WordPress svn since before RC1. It’s been interesting to watch some things come and go and come again.

In the next couple of days I will be installing the official release onto as many sites as I can, assuming it won’t break any of the plugins being used.

I was having trouble with the new flash uploader and had pretty much resigned myself to using a plugin for images but Lisa Sabin-Wilson posted a solution to the problem. My guess had been that it was related my using a portable version of Firefox. I wasn’t even close. Instead it has to do with Mod-Security settings on my web server. Thanks for posting that tidbit Lisa! It saved me a bunch of time and frustration.

Once the installation process is over it will be time to train everyone to find their stuff. The new interface is great, in my opinion, but everyone is already familiar with the old way so I expect a little grumbling.