Upgrades to WordPress and the Thesis theme

A new version of WordPress was released last week and I’ve upgraded this blog to that version, 2.8.5. As always, I followed my 6 tips to upgrading WordPress to ensure a smooth and trouble-free upgrade. The WordPress developers say that 2.8.5 is a hardening release as it tightens up on some security areas. As with […]

Why you should upgrade your WordPress blog

If you use self-hosted WordPress for your blog and you’re not using the latest version, 2.8.4, you’re running a severe risk of your site security being compromised and even hacked. So do these three things right now: 1. Log in to your WordPress admin dashboard and check what version of WordPress you have installed. If […]

The changelog imperative

A shoutout to the developers of the Blubrry Powerpress podcasting plugin for WordPress. The shoutout is for not only creating a very cool enhancement for WordPress blogs  – if you’re a podcaster with a WordPress blog, this plugin is a must-have – but also for making it easy to understand what’s changed from version to […]

6 tips for upgrading WordPress

I upgraded this blog today to WordPress version 2.8.3, the latest version released earlier this week. For the past few years, I’ve followed a 6-step process whenever I upgrade any of my WordPress blogs.  This procedure works well for me and results in upgrade success every time, typically in less than 20 minutes. It would […]

WordPress update addresses XSS threat

An update to the WordPress platform, version 2.8.2, was issued earlier today that addresses a security issue known as XSS or cross-site scripting. It’s an unexpected update, given that version 2.8.1 was released less than two weeks ago. But good to see that the community involved in WordPress development is on the case and with […]

Creating a consistent mobile experience

One of the constant PITA experiences I have when using the web from a mobile device is the many websites you go to that aren’t optimized for the small screen of a Nokia phone, an HTC, a BlackBerry, iPhone or any other mobile device you can think of. It’s something I think that every website […]

2009 WordCamp UK in July


The second annual WordCamp UK takes place in Cardiff over the weekend of July 18-19, 2009. It looks a terrific event, great speakers and attendees. As it largely follows an unconference format, there’s no fixed agenda but a running order and plenty of content suggestions. I was at the first WordCamp UK last year in […]

WordPress support a phone call away


From WordPress developer Alex King, probably best known as the creator of many useful and popular WordPress plugins, this looks like a great idea: WordPress HelpCenter is a real-time support center for all things WordPress. We can answer simple questions about how to create categories and tags, how to use your links list, or we […]

Is there a point in changing the clocks?


Unless you live in a country where the clocks never change (there are a lot of places like that as indicated by the countries and territories in red and the orange in Wikipedia’s world daylight saving time map above), you’ll have done what everyone in Europe and many other places did last night – advance […]