WordPress 2.5.1 Released

WordPress 2.5.1 is now available for immediate download and install.

WordPress and iCast Limited highly recommends upgrading your install immediately due to the discovery of a serious security hole associated with open registration.  The vulnerability will be published soon, so it is in your best interest to upgrade as soon as possible.

The full upgrade also has over 70 bug fixes!  So a lot of the little buggy issues we have been dealing with have been fixed officially, including image upload problems in 2.5 associated with Internet Explorer (IE).

Other updates:

  • Performance improvements for the Dashboard, Write Post, and Edit Comments pages.
  • Better performance for those who have many categories
  • Media Uploader fixes
  • An upgrade to TinyMCE 3.0.7
  • Widget Administration fixes
  • Various usability improvements
  • Layout fixes for IE

WordPress 2.5 is Here!

The brand spanking new WordPress 2.5 “Brecker” is here, and just hours old.

The crew over at WordPress just cut the newest stable version loose, and of course we installed it immediately. It is awesome.

wordpress25 300x192 Wordpress 2.5 is Here!There’s a ton of new features, bells, and whistles. However, I must say, my favorite thing is the new design of the back end from a cosmetic point of view. It is very clean, simple, and easy to navigate.

It’s also very BRIGHT! You actually feel lighter when you write. A very airy feel to it that makes it enjoyable to work.

The new “Write” screen also has built in tools for adding media such as YouTube videos, you own images, pdf’s, audio clips, and other media. You can even toggle to full screen mode, which makes the writing a little easier when you are working on those big posts. It blows the writing area up to the full width of your browser, which then makes it look/feel like you are working inside MS Word or similar word processing software.

After typing in your headline, you also get a preview of what your permalink will look like for that article. It is placed in a clear area for you to see. I’m hoping this encourages users to think about their slugs and urls a little more. The smarter you write your slug, the better your SEO will be.

If you write a blog with more than one person, there’s new features for you too! Now, you don’t have to worry about being inside a post and having your partner save over your edits. Once you open a post, it will keep other editors out while you work on it. That way you aren’t both working on it at the same time and saving over each other.

Tons of great features. iCast Limited is offering our professional services for this upgrade. If you would like to have us upgrade your WordPress blog for you, it will cost you just $29.95. Contact us if you are interested in this offer.

Don’t have a WordPress blog? It is very easily to migrate your current blog over to this platform. We offer those services too.

WordPress 2.5 to be Released Soon

As you may have noticed in your dashboards, the time for the next major WordPress release is upon us. WordPress 2.5 is due out very shortly, and their’s a sneak peak available!

The new release isn’t just a minor update of functionality. No, instead it is a complete strip down of the user interface. The builders at WP rebuilt the interface from the ground up focusing on what publishers want most.

The new dashboard is completely different (aka the main page when you log in). It features the content and information you really want to know most about. Pictured below. You can even customize the way you want the dashboard to display.

dashboard wide1.thumbnail Wordpress 2.5 to be Released Soon

Other features include: multi-file upload, built-in galleries, one-click plugin upgrades, tag management, built-in Gravatars, full text feeds, and faster load times…just to name a few. [Read more...]

Know What You’re Doing When You Upgrade

If you knew how to install WordPress all on your own, you’re above average.  If you figured out how to upgrade to the latest version (up to 2.3.3 now), you’re probably better than most when it comes to your technical skills.

The long story short, most WordPress users don’t upgrade their installations once they are up and running.  Basically, they think that if everything is working ok, what’s the point?

Well, everything is working ok for now.

Eventually, your site can/will be hacked.  I can’t tell you how many new client’s I’ve “earned” because they needed someone to restore their messed up WordPress install that had been hacked.

Think about it, as soon as a vulnerability has been detected and WordPress releases a new version, the entire world is alerted to the security hole.  So how long do you think it will be before your blog is discovered with that big, gaping hole?

Well, one of the things you need to be aware when upgrading is the need to do a complete upgrade.  You really should re-upload all fresh files.

As ShoeMoney points out, not only is it a good idea to install fresh system files, but you should also change your system password.  You never know who might already have hacked your blog.  If they’ve got the password, it won’t matter how often you upgrade.