‘Blogging News’ Category

WordPress 2.9 Features Video (in Portuguese)

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October 22nd, 2009
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WordPress 2.9 New Features: Barbara Vaz has put together a seven minute video on the new Trash feature and the new image and media manipulation features in WordPress 2.9 but the video is in Portuguese. Since I don’t understand the language, even a muted look through the video was interesting. Also of interest is a series of posts by Ronen Hirsch about getting started with WordPress. Topics are as simple as straightforward as what one can do with WordPress, where to get and use WordPress and some of the simpler features of WordPress.

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FTC says bloggers must disclose payments and freebies

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October 5th, 2009
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FTC says bloggers must disclose payments and freebies when reviewing products or risk being fined $16,000: This morning, the Federal Trade Commission published their Final Guides Governing Endorsements, Testimonials with changes that affect testimonial advertising, bloggers and celebrity endorsements. Though these are guidelines and not regulations, bloggers could face civil fines up to $16,000 and advertisers could also face fines. Interesting to note is that there are no guidelines on how to disclose relationships and this has no effect on blogs, corporations and relationships outside of the US. The new rules would apply to any transfer of value in exchange for publicity but seems very watered down in its execution. TechMeme is full of reverberations, but is there a lot to worry about for the everyday blogger? My question is, have you ever received money or gifts for your posts? Have you been offered products in exchange for writing reviews? […]

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WordPress MU and BuddyPress Plugin Contest 2009

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As in last year, following our own Plugin Competition (results are on the way), WPMU.org is holding their own plugin competition. But this time they are adding BuddyPress plugins into the mix as well. You can visit the WPMU Plugin Competition Homepage for more information. The rules for the competition remain the same as last year. Competitors need to post as announcement for their plugin(s) by registering at WPMU.org and submitting a post. The plugins must relate to WordPress MU or BuddyPress and be available freely for download. The plugins must also be released under a GPL compatible license. The prize pool is at $1000 and the organizers are looking for more donations to bolster the purse. So if you are a novice plugin author looking to wade in the WordPress MU pool or a seasoned veteran looking to flex your muscles, head over to the competition and post an […]

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Old WordPress version? Attack warning. Please upgrade!

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September 4th, 2009
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Blogging News, WordPress Security

Old WordPress Versions Under Attack: Older version of WordPress are being attacked and characters are being added to the permalinks. Sure signs of the attack include strange characters in your permalinks (single posts do not work) and an extra administrator account in the users control panel which you cannot see. Look for the administrator count in brackets at the top. Is the number there what you would expect on your blog? Please upgrade your WordPress blog to the latest version ASAP. Our own PluginBlog was vulnerable and was compromised (shame on me for not having upgraded from a really old version). Our blog had registration turned off. After upgrading your blog and changing your password to a strong one, you can visit Lorelle’s post to find more ways to secure your install and remove the extra admin account that might have been created as part of the attack. I removed […]

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21 Great Plugins for Manage Multi-Author Blogs

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21 Great Plugins to Manage Multi-Author Blogs Efficiently: This is an interesting collection of plugins to manage multi-author blogs and add extra visibility to your co-authors. Weblog Tools Collection is a multi-author blog that is put together by highly dedicated and talented authors in various parts of the planet. We collect and put together news, information and articles throughout a 24 hour period and are probably watching over the blog and the comments in one way or another. We rarely ever meet face to face and tend to communicate via IM, email and a very rare phone call from time to time. Some of the plugins mentioned in this list are popular such as Role Manager, which is very useful in and of itself. However, there are others that sparked immediate interest in my. The ability to add co-authors to a post would be quite cool, as would the ability […]

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WordPress Theme Development Tools

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WordPress Theme Development Tools.: ThemeShaper puts together a list of many of the ingredients required to develop your own WordPress themes including the test content that helps to test the demo the functionality of WordPress themes and tutorials to help beginners get started. The inclusion of useful development tools such as Firefox extensions and even links to free text editors are appreciated. The one inclusion that I would have expected from the blog of a theme framework developer would have been a list of theme frameworks that a beginner could get started with.

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Feedburner Feed Replacement Plugin Broken!

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August 11th, 2009
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Blogging News, WordPress Plugins

UPDATE: As from the comments below and various emails I have received, this might be an isolated issue related to my combination of code and plugins. Many people continue to use Feedburner Feed Replacement without any issues. If you have been using the Feedburner Feed Replacement Plugin originally from Steve Smith, and have not checked your feeds lately, it might be worth a few minutes of your time to do so. Just browse to your blog’s feed address  (http://yourblog.com/feed/) and if you are redirected to your Feedburner feed, you are fine. Otherwise you need to uninstall the Feedburner plugin and get something else. About a month ago, this blog’s feed count lost about 5000 readers in one feel swoop which is a huge number and a rude wake up call for us. This has happened before with Feedburner and I thought the count would go back up once Feedburner straightened […]

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26 Places to Find Free Multimedia for Your Blog

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August 5th, 2009
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Blogging News, LinkyLoo

26 Places to Find Free Multimedia for Your Blog: Mashable lists 26 places to find various pieces of free multimedia for your blog or website. Some of these are pretty commonly known (such as Flickr) but the video and audio resources were fun to browse through. Please do me a favor and not set auto-play on any audio/video you add to your blog. Thanks Dan Ross via Twitter Picture credits Annie Mole found via Flick CC search.

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Do you use the WordPress Codex?

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July 28th, 2009
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Blogging News, brainstorming

Jeff and I have been having some interesting discussions surrounding the WordPress Codex and WordPress documentation. In case you were not aware, there is some fantastic volunteering work going on in WordPress documentation. We would like to see more people involved in the use of and help with the Codex and have some ideas up our sleeves towards that end. However, I think we also need to know what we are dealing with and would like some input from our readers. I see two different audiences of the Codex and thus the two separate polls. Comments are also appreciated. Let us know if you want to help with the Codex or if you would like to help with WordPress documentation. You are a Blogger. How often do you use the WordPress Codex?(online surveys) You are a Developer/Designer. How often do you use the WordPress Codex?(online surveys)

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