WordPress 2.5 Upgrade Painless – Really!

Yesterday I read that the 2.5 version of WordPress was officially released. The cautious part of me wanted to wait to upgrade, but the totally paranoid and non-lazy part wanted to just get it over with. I had read a few mentions of incompatibility, but I decided to just bite the bullet and upgrade.

I hunkered down at my desk, did database and filesystem backups, downloaded the 2.5 release and untarred to my blog directory. Typed in the URL and — poof — there was the blog. Did smoke testing of all the plugins and they worked – every one of them. I was literally done in about 5 minutes.

I don’t think I’ve had an upgrade that wasn’t painful in some way in a long time. This one was nothing. It just worked.

So anyway, long way to say I’m on WordPress 2.5 now. I was shocked at the ease of the upgrade. Later in the day, I saw all kinds of tweets around other people upgrading and having the same fulfilling sense of surprise when they realized they were done.

Thanks to the WordPress team for another great (and uneventful) release.

Flickr Blog This To Draft Plugin

I found this plugin that corrects a pet peeve of mine that I’ve had for a while. The Flickr Blog This To Draft Plugin by Donncha O Caoimh ensures that all of your blogged photos from Flickr come in as drafts, so that you can go in and massage the HTML before publishing.

If you blog photos from Flickr much, and spend time rushing to edit your published picture (to fix HTML, add CSS attributes, etc), grab this plugin to remove the unneeded stress from your life.

WordPress 2.1.3 released.

Version 2.1.3 of the WordPress blogging platform has been released and is available for download. According to the WordPress blog, this is a security release that “includes fixes for several publicly known minor XSS issues, one major XML-RPC issue, and a proactive full sweep of the WordPress codebase to protect against future problems”.

I’ve upgraded, and so should you. Take a couple of minutes to do this upgrade, as the possible consequences aren’t worth the humiliation. 😉

WordPress 2.1 Released

The WordPress team has announced the release of version 2.1 of their WordPress blogging software on Monday. A list of the changes can be found in the release announcement.

Sure, this is old news (by internet time standards) but I just got around to getting caught up. I’ve upgraded the site and the process was absolutely painless. All of my current plugins worked as far as I can tell.

For those who have a bit of trepidation over upgrades and the compatibility of plugins, I can tell you that my installation, with over 17 plugins active, seems to be working fine after the upgrade this morning after a total upgrade time of around 15 minutes including backups of my installation directory and database. As usual, the upgrade instructions are available on the WordPress site.

The WordPress team is planning its next release, Version 2.2, around the April 23 timeframe.

I haven’t had a great deal of time this morning to play around, but it does seem that the site runs just a tad bit faster then it did under the previous version.

Denying Spammers

I’ve been having a real problem with the site being hit hard by spammers lately. Consequently, I have turned comments off on most of the articles on the site at this point.

Due to the implementation of SPAM Karma 2 and Akismet, none of the comment spam actually made it to the blog. I was pretty amazed at how thoroughly these two pieces of software have filtered the incoming comments.

However, the comments not making it to the blog doesn’t mean that the spammers haven’t done any real damage. Twice now I’ve come home to find my comments disabled by my provider, due to basically a Denial of Service attack being executed on the site by these morons.

I found a great page at the WordPress Codex on Combatting Comment Spam. I would encourage anyone currently dealing with this problem to check out this page. I will be implementing some of these ideas one by one over the coming weeks to see how much they help.

I’ll let you know of the success I have. In the meantime, if you aren’t running Spam Karma, I would encourage you to go take a look at it and its corresponding Akismet plugin. The combination of both has been highly effective in this corner of the web.