WordPress News

WordPress 3.8’s Proposed Features: Have Your Say

Four plugins are vying for inclusion in WordPress 3.8, which is due out in early December.

The contenders include: MP6 (a visual overhaul of the admin area), DASH (a redesign of the dashboard landing page), THX38 (a reimagining of the theme installation experience) and Omnisearch/Global Admin Search (merges the various admin search forms into one).

Unlike previous versions of WordPress, development of WordPress 3.8 began in tandem with 3.7. This will also be the first release where each of its major features have been developed first as stand-alone plugins before their integration in core.


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WordPress 3.7 Set For Release Any Day Now

With WordPress 3.7 expected to be shipped in just a matter of days, the second release candidate has been made available for testing.

Lead developer Andrew Nacin posted at Make WordPress Core that RC2-25890 will be the last build of 3.7 before its release.

Core developers are set to meet in IRC today at 10am EDT to “see if everything is a go”.

If you’re already testing WordPress 3.7, your install will have been already automatically updated to RC2 thanks to the release’s flagship feature, automatic updating.


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ManageWP launches WordPress Community News Site

After a delayed start, the guys at ManageWP have finally launched their self-titled WordPress news aggregator.

ManageWP.org is kind of like Digg and allows users to submit articles and start discussions about all things WordPress.

ManageWP founder Vladimir Prelovac said after six months of work, the community driven site offered an interactive space for people who work with and use WordPress to share information.

Members of the site can vote for their favorite stories and the more popular items are featured on the homepage.

ManageWP.org was originally planed for launch on August 2, but Prelovac previously told WPMU.org the delay was due to “developers :)”

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WordPress 3.7 Beta Testers Needed

A new beta for the upcoming version of WordPress is out – and more testers are needed.

In a post at WordPress News, lead developer Andrew Nacin announced WordPress 3.7 Beta 2 was available for download and testing.

Nacin said it had been a “quiet beta period” since Beta 1 was released on September 30 and put a call out for help testing automatic background updates.

Testing is easy – just download and install Beta 2 and it will update each day to the latest development version and then email you the results.


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WordPress 3.7 Beta Now Available

WordPress 3.7 Beta 1 is out and ready for testing.

You’re probably thinking, “Wasn’t WordPress 3.6 only just released?!” Yep, it’s been been a super short release cycle – version 3.6 was shipped just two months ago on August 1. Even the 3.7 Beta is out early – it was made available on Saturday, two days ahead of its scheduled release today.

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New Post Locking Feature in WordPress Improves Multi-Author Sites

With the release of WordPress 3.6 not long ago, there was the addition of a new feature called “Post Locking,” which automatically locks a post that’s currently being worked on.

But that description doesn’t really cover all the flexibility you get with Post Locking. You can actually easily “break into” a locked post too – which is also important.

But breaking into a locked post is not like breaking into a post that was being worked on pre WordPress 3.6. In fact, it ends up being a completely different experience.

WordPress Pre Version 3.6


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Automatic WordPress Core Updates Ready for Testing

Auto-updates for WordPress installations are now available to developers.

Automattic’s Dion Hulse has been working on the feature’s functionality and has put a call out for help with testing.

Hulse said up until now, automatic updates have been disabled in trunk while development was in progress.

Head over to Make WordPress Core for a detailed rundown on how to test updates.

As of WordPress 3.7, all installs will begin updating automatically without the need for users to manually update their version of WordPress whenever there’s a new security release.

For developers, on the other hand, WordPress will update daily to the latest nightly build.

WordPress automatic core updates

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WordPress Powers One in Five Websites

WordPress is on the cusp of powering a fifth of the world’s websites.

According to W3Tech’s latest Content Managements Systems Survey, WordPress is used by 19.9 per cent of all websites.

On January 1, WordPress recorded 17.4 per cent. The current figure is a 2.5 per cent jump in less than nine months.

WordPress is by and far the world’s most popular CMS. Joomla holds just 3.3 per cent of the market, Drupal is on 2 per cent and Blogger 1.2 per cent.

Despite WordPress’s popularity, a huge 65.9 per cent of all websites don’t use a CMS.

WordPress Traffic Surpasses Yahoo


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WordPress Releases a Security Update – Version 3.6.1

WordPress.org announced a “security release” today for core WordPress files – Version 3.6.1.

A “security release” fixes potential holes in the software that hackers could use to exploit your site. In other words, you should UPDATE RIGHT AWAY.

One of the best security measures you can take is to always update to the latest version of a security release (that’s plugins, themes, and of course the core files).

According the WordPress News blog, the release fixes the following three issues:

Block unsafe PHP unserialization that could occur in limited situations and setups, which can lead to remote code execution.


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