Posts Tagged ‘Software’

WordPress 2.3

Posted on September 2007 at about 1:59 PM by hwa

The latest WordPress, WordPress 2.3 named “Dexter” is now out for grab, and below are the main juice of WordPress 2.3 taken from WordPress blog.

  1. Full and complete Atom 1.0 support, including the publishing protocol.
  2. We’re using the new jQuery which is “800% faster”.
  3. Behind the user-facing tags system is a really kickass taxonomy system, which adds a ton of flexibility. It’s probably the biggest schema upgrade since version 1.5.
  4. The importers have been revamped to be more memory efficient, and you can now add an importer through a plugin.
  5. Through hooks and filters you can now override the update system, the dashboard RSS feeds, the feed parser, and tons more than you could in 2.2.
  6. The new $wpdb->prepare() way of doing SQL queries.
  7. Finally there were over 351 tickets in Trac closed for this release, with over a hundred people contributing. This is the polish, the hundreds of tiny bug fixes and features that make WordPress what it is.

And here are some of the new features offered from WordPress 2.3.

  1. Native tagging support allows you to use tags in addition to categories on your posts, if you so choose. We’ve included importers for the Ultimate Tag Warrior, Jerome’s Keywords, Simple Tags, and Bunny’s Technorati Tag plugins so if you’ve already been using a tagging plugin you can bring your data into the new system. The tagging system is also wicked-fast, so your host won’t mind.
  2. Our new update notification lets you know when there is a new release of WordPress or when any of the plugins you use has an update available. It works by sending your blog URL, plugins, and version information to our new service which then compares it to the plugin database and tells you whats the latest and greatest you can use.
  3. We’ve cleaned up URLs a bunch in a feature we call canonical URLs which does things like enforce your no-www preference, redirect posts with changed slugs so a link never goes bad, redirect URLs that get cut off in emails on similar to the correct post, and much more. This helps your users, and it also helps your search engine optimization, as search engines like for each page to be available in one canonical location. More info here.
  4. Our new pending review feature will be great for multi-author blogs. It allows authors to submit a post for review by an editor or administrator, where before they would just have to save a draft and hope someone noticed it.
  5. There is new advanced WYSIWYG functionality (we call it the kitchen sink button) that allows you to access some features of TinyMCE that were previously hidden.

You might want to pay a visit to WordPress codex for more details and instructions on how to upgrade or install WordPress 2.3.

WordPress 2.2.2

Posted on August 2007 at about 10:30 PM by hwa

Just upgraded my WordPress to version 2.2.2! Very nice figure. 🙂

Anyway! Please go to WordPress download section to download the latest version, for the instruction on how to upgrade your WordPress, you can go here, or you here for fresh installation instruction.

WordPress 2.1.3 And 2.0.10

Posted on April 2007 at about 10:06 PM by hwa

WordPress had released their latest branch of WordPress 2.1 and WordPress 2.0, this release is a security update and also fixed several issues, including the XSS issues, one major XML-RPC issue.

Head over to their download page to download the latest version of WordPress, and if you are upgrade from previous version, here are the upgrade instructions. 🙂

WordPress MU 1.2

Posted on March 2007 at about 5:17 AM by hwa

WordPress MU 1.2 just released not long ago, according to Donncha, most of the changes are bug fixes, but there are some security fix as well, so it’s advised that all the WordPress MU user upgrade to the latest version! And if you encounter any problems, please go to WordPress MU forum.

Apparently there are some problems with the theme in WordPress MU 1.2, but worry not! Because version 1.2.1 is here!! 😆 So if you upgrade from 1.2, all you have to do is just change the following files:

  • wp-admin/themes.php
  • htaccess.dist
  • wp-includes/version.php
  • wp-admin/admin-db.php
  • wp-admin/themes.php
  • wp-admin/wpmu-themes.php

Oh and don’t forget to go "Site Admin > Themes" and click save to update the theme list! 😉

bbPress 0.8 Desmond

Posted on February 2007 at about 4:43 PM by hwa

This is actually quite an old news already, the bbPress 0.8 Desmond was already released on 8th February.

Here are some of the feature this version had improved, quoted from bbPress blog:

  • Forum deletion
  • Multibyte tags
  • Custom locations for themes, plugins and config.php
  • Multiple theme support

And these are the new features that’s added in this version, also quoted from bbPress blog: 🙂

  • Better timezone support, You’re no longer restricted to showing all your times in the timezone of your server (what an odd requirement that was)
  • Whitespace preservation of ‘backticked’ blocks.

There’s a special instruction for those who want to upgrade to this version, because this version support multiple theme and you have to put each of the theme files into sub directory of my-templates, just put your current theme into any folder and upload this folder to my-templates, then activate the theme in your bbPress’ Presentation Admin panel.

What Is FlatPress?

Posted on January 2007 at about 5:00 PM by hwa

I remember that few years back, where people just get to know PHP, and CGI was still ruling the internet, back at that time many web application was using a very special kind of primitive database, called flat-file database.

A flat-file database is a kind of database that is made from text, mean that you can open and see what is inside the database by using any text editor, there’s no complicated SQL command or whatever, just a simple text file, and all your data are stored into this text file. Well, basically that’s the idea.

But of course there’s a drawback with flat-file, a major one is flat-file database is extremely slow.

So what is FlatPress? FlatPress is a version of WordPress that doesn’t require any MySQL database, it use flat-file database to store data. This could be very useful if you are looking for an economic web hosting plan, or you can even find a free web hosting to host your WordPress as long as it support PHP.

According to NoWhereMan, the FlatPress developer, only the simplest plugin will work with FlatPress, however Akismet and some simple theme will still work with FlatPress.

Multiple Standalone Internet Explorer

Posted on December 2006 at about 6:09 PM by hwa

Ever though of installing multiple standalone version of Internet Explorer in your machine and running them side by side? Maybe you ask why, but sometime for web designer, it’s necessary for them to install multiple different web browser just to see how their website turn out to be before publishing it to the public, and because of the CSS bugs in Internet Explorer, some web designer will actually install multiple version of Internet Explorer in case something odd happen to their website.

Few weeks ago i accidentally upgraded my Internet Explorer to version 7, before this i tried not to upgrade it because majority of my visitors are using Internet Explorer 6, so now i think i need to keep a version Internet Explorer 6.

So i went Google around and i found this website, there you can find all the archives of web browser including all range of Internet Explorer, and further search leads me to here, an installer that contain all the Internet Explorer 3 until Internet Explorer 6.

WordPress MU Review

Posted on November 2006 at about 3:07 AM by hwa

Remember that few days ago i mentioned about playing around with WodPress MU? Now i have a very simple yet straight forward conclusion on how i think about WordPress MU.

Honestly and seriously, i’m kind of disappointed with WordPress MU 1.0, it’s not because of the features, WordPress MU has all the features that a blogging software need to have, my brother even says that it’s better then Blogger.

But the thing i’m disappointed about WordPress MU is because it’s too rely on the administrator’s server skills. If you are going to host WordPress MU, you need to have a lot of control over your server, and know your server very well, for example if you want subdomain for all your users, then you have to enable Wildcard DNS, to do this you have to gain access to alter the httpd.conf, which to me is impossible because my hosting is shared hosting. 🙁

I really hope that there will be a workaround for this, or better solution in the future release, to me WordPress is the best piece of software for blogging purpose, and i hope that i can share the best part of WordPress together with my friends and my family. But for now, one thing for sure is that WordPress MU aren’t meant for those who want to manage a small size multiuser blogging service just for the sake of having fun with it.

Playing Around With WordPress MU

Posted on November 2006 at about 8:52 PM by hwa

Been setting up and played around with WordPress MU for the pass few days, after a few attempts to install WordPress MU, finally i got it running in my web directory.

So far WordPress MU is running great in my web directory, the only problem i found after my last install is i can’t logout after i go into one of my user’s backend account to check some setting, i have to clear my cookies in order to logout, other than that everything seems to be ok.

If everything runs well, i might consider of getting a domain and offer this service to the public, but i’m still not sure yet, a lots of things i need to do and make sure, even the WordPress MU it self also not very stable, or is it i’m not familiar with the system??

WordPress 2.0.5 Server 500 Error Fix

Posted on October 2006 at about 11:26 PM by hwa

WordPress 2.0.5 released three days ago, while most of the WordPress user are now writing their blog with peace of mind, some of them are having the server 500 error. According to Mark Jaquith, it’s due to the bug that was reported for WordPress 2.1.

Fixing this error is some what easy, for it’s fixable just by installing a plugin, below are the step to fix this error.

  1. Download this plugin.
  2. Upload it to your WordPress plugins folder.
  3. Activate the plugin.

However if you get an error message after logging in to your admin panel and cannot click the Plugins tab, just type “{WPDIR}/wp-admin/plugins.php” into your address bar and press enter, and this should fix the problem.