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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What’s New In BuddyPress 1.8

In case you missed it, the first beta of BuddyPress 1.8 was released this week. BuddyPress 1.7 introduced theme compatiblity and a host of other exciting features. Although 1.8 has had a shorter release cycle, it’s still packed with some very cool new features and improvements.

Here’s a little bit of what you can expect from BuddyPress 1.8:

BP_Group_Extension Rewritten
Many BuddyPress plugins interface with the groups component. The BP_Group_Extension has been rewritten to make it faster for plugins that depend on it. The new changes will make writing group extension plugins much easier than before.

Improvements to Group Administration Panels

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What’s New in BuddyPress 1.6: Activity Management, Akismet Integration, Profile Privacy and More!

BuddyPress 1.6 has finally dropped! We’ve all been waiting on the edge of our seats and this makes for a happy Monday.

Last night I heard hints from @bptrac on Twitter of BuddyPress 1.6 about to be released:

Bump stable tag in readme.txt to 1.6. bit.ly/Qvcnjk— BuddyPress Trac (@bptrac) August 6, 2012

When I woke up in the morning, the shining new BuddyPress 1.6 was ready for download!

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WordPress 3.4 Release Candidate Now Available

WordPress has announced the first release candidate for WordPress Version 3.4.

A “release candidate” is the final test version before mainstream public release. In other words, the current release candidate is pretty much what the final version will look like. Unless some major surprises pop up, there is only the crossing of T’s and dotting of I’s at this stage.

In order to get the current release candidate, you can download the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or  download the release candidate (zip file).

 

A few highlights of what’s new follows (from the WordPress Codex):

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WordPress 3.3: Hot or Not?

At WPMU.org we always like to ask the important questions, and really, there is only one burning question at the minute: WordPress 3.3: Hot or Not?

 It’s been a week since WordPress 3.3 was released and I’ve been keeping on top of the buzz to find out with the WordPress Community thinks is:

Hot
Lukewarm
Not hot

Sick of listening to me already? Skip to the poll at the end!
Hot!
Drag and Drop Media Uploader

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Time to Upgrade: Welcome to WordPress 3.3 “Sonny”

It’s late here in the UK but I couldn’t drag my carcass to bed without letting you all know that WordPress 3.3 has dropped which means it’s time for you to put your upgrade hats on, get out your FTP program, flex your clicking finger, and turn your WordPress into 3.3.

WordPress 3.3 has been named after saxophonist Sonny Stitt. Check out the video from wp.org:

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Update Now to WordPress 3.2.1

WordPress 3.2 was a big, exciting update for WordPress users with quite a few new features. WordPress 3.2.1 hit the shelves today, but don’t worry – it’s just a maintenance release. You’ll want to upgrade when you get a chance, especially if you’ve been experiencing some problems after your last upgrade.

Here’s what’s new, according to the release haiku:

JSON, the admin
A little bit tidier
Edge cases covered

For a full list have a look at the changelog. Make sure to backup your site just in case before you upgrade. There’s no need to wait – go download WordPress 3.2.1 now.

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WordPress 3.2 RC2 Available for Download

Every day the launch of WordPress 3.2 edges a bit closer. With the arrival of WordPress 3.2 RC2 it’s so close that I can smell all of that freshly pressed code. Delicious! If you haven’t tested yet, now’s the time as we’re now in the final stages.

Changes made since RC1 include a number of tweaks to Twenty-Eleven, new theme support for randomized headers, and various RTL fixes.

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WordPress 3.2 Release Candidate Available Now

You can now get yourself a copy of WordPress 3.2 (RC1).

The release candidate comes after the beta but before the final release. It’s a great time for you to get involved with testing.

This isn’t just a time for WordPress end-users to get busy. It’s a time of furious activity for everyone.

Plugins and Theme developers tests check to make sure that they are working
Users test out everything that you use to make sure there are no final bugs
Writers update documentation to make sure that it’s up-to-date with any changes

You can check here for known issues.

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