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Date: Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 00:21

WordPress 3.5 is out after 6 RCs!

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What’s New

If you’ve been around WordPress a while, the most dramatic new change you’ll notice is a completely re-imagined flow for uploading photos and creating galleries. Media has long been a friction point and we’ve listened hard and given a lot of thought into crafting this new system. 3.5 includes a new default theme, Twenty Twelve, which has a very clean mobile-first responsive design and works fantastic as a base for a CMS site. Finally we’ve spent a lot of time refreshing the styles of the dashboard, updating everything to be Retina-ready with beautiful high resolution graphics, a new color picker, and streamlining a couple of fewer-used sections of the admin.

For Developers

You can now put your (or anyone’s) WordPress.org username on the plugins page and see your favorite tagged ones, to make it easy to install them again when setting up a new site. There’s a new Tumblr importer. New installs no longer show the links manager. Finally for multisite developers switch_to_blog() is way faster and you can now install MS in a sub-directory. The Underscore and Backbone JavaScript libraries are now available

Codex: WordPress 3.5
Download: WordPress 3.5

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.5, release"
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Date: Tuesday, 04 Dec 2012 09:28

WordPress 3.5 RC3 has been released, I am expecting it to be the last RC and we will see the final WordPress 3.5 sometime within this week. No idea whether they will meet the originally targeted date of 5th December 2012.

  • Final UI improvements for the new media manager, based on lots of great feedback.
  • Show more information about uploading errors when they occur.
  • When inserting an image into a post, don’t forget the alternative text.
  • Fixes for the new admin button styles.
  • Improvements for mobile devices, Internet Explorer, and right-to-left languages.
  • Fix cookies for subdomain installs when multisite is installed in a subdirectory.
  • Fix ms-files.php rewriting for very old multisite installs.

Here is a list of pending issues (6 left): http://core.trac.wordpress.org/report/5

Download: WordPress 3.5 RC3

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.5, rc"
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Date: Friday, 30 Nov 2012 00:13

WordPress 3.5 RC2 has been released and if everything is ok, we will expect to see the final version of WordPress 3.5 next Wednesday, 5th December 2012.

Here is a list of pending issues: http://core.trac.wordpress.org/report/6

Download: WordPress 3.5 RC2

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.5, rc"
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Date: Thursday, 22 Nov 2012 14:42

WordPress 3.5 RC1 has been released and the final version of WordPress 3.5 should be shipped within the next 2 weeks! I think the targeted date is on 5th December 2012.

Download: WordPress 3.5 RC1

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.5, rc"
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Date: Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012 05:55

WordPress 3.5 Beta 3 has been released!

More than 300 bug fixes since beta 2, Add Media dialog is complete, updated jQuery UI 1.9.1, SimplePie 1.3.1, and TinyMCE 3.5.7.

RC1 should be out next week followed by the final version of WordPress 3.5 which is targeted on 5th December 2012.

Download: WordPress 3.5 Beta 3

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.5, beta"
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Date: Saturday, 13 Oct 2012 08:01

WordPress 3.5 Beta 2 has been released!

Changes since Beta 1

  • New workflow for working with image galleries, including drag-and-drop reordering and quick caption editing.
  • New user interface for setting static front pages for the Reading Settings screen. (#16379)
  • New image editing API. (#6821)

Download: WordPress 3.5 Beta 2

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.5, beta"
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Date: Friday, 28 Sep 2012 00:58

WordPress 3.5 Beta 1 has been released! The final version of WordPress 3.5 is expected to ship on 5th December 2012.

WordPress 3.5 will ship with a new default theme, named Twenty Twelve. But if you do not want to wait till December 2012, you can grab it now at the WordPress Theme directory. It will work with WordPress 3.4.x as well

What’s New (General)

  • Appearance: A simplified welcome screen. A new color picker. And the all-HiDPI (retina) dashboard.
  • Accessibility: Keyboard navigation and screen reader support have both been improved.
  • Plugins: You can browse and install plugins you’ve marked as favorites on WordPress.org, directly from your dashboard.
  • Mobile: It’ll be easier to link up your WordPress install with our mobile apps, as XML-RPC is now enabled by default.
  • Links: We’ve hidden the Link Manager for new installs. (Don’t worry, there’s a plugin for that.)

What’s New (For Developers)

  • External libraries updated: TinyMCE 3.5.6. SimplePie 1.3. jQuery 1.8.2. jQuery UI 1.9 (and it’s not even released yet). We’ve also added Backbone 0.9.2 and Underscore 1.3.3, and you can use protocol-relative links when enqueueing scripts and styles. (#16560)
  • WP Query: You can now ask to receive posts in the order specified by post__in. (#13729)
  • XML-RPC: New user management, profile editing, and post revision methods. We’ve also removed AtomPub. (#18428, #21397, #21866)
  • Multisite: switch_to_blog() is now used in more places, is faster, and more reliable. Also: You can now use multisite in a subdirectory, and uploaded files no longer go through ms-files (for new installs). (#21434, #19796, #19235)
  • TinyMCE: We’ve added API support for ‘views’; which you can use to offer previews and interaction of elements from the visual editor. (#21812)
  • Posts API: Major performance improvements when working with hierarchies of pages and post ancestors. Also, you can now ‘turn on’; native custom columns for taxonomies on edit post screens. (#11399, #21309, #21240)
  • Comments API: Search for comments of a particular status, or with a meta query (same as with WP_Query). (#21101, #21003)
  • oEmbed: We’ve added support for a few oEmbed providers, and we now handle SSL links. (#15734, #21635, #16996, #20102)

Download: WordPress 3.5 Beta 1

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.5, beta"
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Date: Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 06:45

The Facebook Plugin For WordPress makes your site deeply social by integrating functionality from Facebook.

WordPress: Facebook Plugin For WordPress
Facebook: Facebook for WordPress

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "Testing, WordPress, facebook"
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Date: Friday, 07 Sep 2012 00:47

WordPress 3.4.2 has been release and it is both a maintenance release that fixes 21 bugs and security release that fixes vulnerabilities that includes potential privilege escalation and a bug that affects multisite installs with untrusted users.

Maintenance
Some of the 21 bugs include:

  • Fix some issues with older browsers in the administration area.
  • Fix an issue where a theme may not preview correctly, or its screenshot may not be displayed.
  • Improve plugin compatibility with the visual editor.
  • Address pagination problems with some category permalink structures.
  • Avoid errors with both oEmbed providers and trackbacks.
  • Prevent improperly sized header images from being uploaded.

Security
Version 3.4.2 also fixes a few security issues and contains some security hardening. The vulnerabilities included potential privilege escalation and a bug that affects multisite installs with untrusted users. These issues were discovered and fixed by the WordPress security team.

Download: WordPress 3.4.2
Auto Update: Dashboard -> Updates

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.4, release"
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Date: Wednesday, 04 Jul 2012 00:25

ManageWP wrote an article entitled, Show Your Love for the Top 100 WordPress Plugin Developers. I am ranked 5th on the charts =D

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We’ve spent rather a lot of time gathering and sorting data for the top 100 WordPress plugin developers, based upon total number of downloads. Unless you are brand new to WordPress, it is likely that you use at least one plugin created by the developers below.

All you need to do is pick out one (or more) of your favorite developers, and take a moment to thank them. We’ve collected all of the Twitter accounts we could find, but we are sure you can find other ways of getting in touch if your chosen developer doesn’t have an account listed.

Firing off a quick tweet to thank a developer for developing great free products will only take a moment, so why not do it?

Furthermore, if you’re on the hunt for plugins to check out, you will find a comprehensive list below of the most popular plugins available for WordPress. Just remember to thank the developer if you start using one!

Top 10 WordPress Plugins Developer

Thanks for the support guys =D

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 100, love, Plugins"
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Date: Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 00:37

WordPress 3.4.1 has been release and it is both a maintenance release that fixes 18 bugs and security release that fixes vulnerabilities that relates to multisite installs with untrusted users.

Maintenance
Some of the 18 bugs include:

  • Fixes an issue where a theme’s page templates were sometimes not detected.
  • Addresses problems with some category permalink structures.
  • Better handling for plugins or themes loading JavaScript incorrectly.
  • Adds early support for uploading images on iOS 6 devices.
  • Allows for a technique commonly used by plugins to detect a network-wide activation.
  • Better compatibility with servers running certain versions of PHP (5.2.4, 5.4) or with uncommon setups (safe mode, open_basedir), which had caused warnings or in some cases prevented emails from being sent.

Security
Version 3.4.1 also fixes a few security issues and contains some security hardening. The vulnerabilities included potential information disclosure as well as an bug that affects multisite installs with untrusted users. These issues were discovered and fixed by the WordPress security team.

Download: WordPress 3.4.1
Auto Update: Dashboard -> Updates

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.4, release"
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Date: Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 02:00

WordPress 3.4 has been released.

For Users

The biggest change in 3.4 is the theme customizer which allows you to play around with various looks and settings for your current theme or one you’re thinking about switching to without publishing those changes to the whole world. For themes that support it, you can change colors, backgrounds, and of course custom image headers. We have more planned for the customizer down the road.

Throughout the rest of the admin you’ll notice tweaks to make your everyday life easier. For example, if you have lots of themes we’ve made it quicker to browse them all at once without paging. We’ve made it possible to use images from your media library to populate custom headers, and for you to choose the height and width of your header images.

We’ve expanded our embed support to include tweets: just put a Twitter permalink on its own line in the post editor and we’ll turn it into a beautiful embedded Tweet. And finally, image captions have been improved to allow HTML, like links, in them.

For Developers

There are hundreds of under-the-hood improvements in this release, notably in the XML-RPC, themes, and custom header APIs, and significant performance improvements in WP_Query and the translation system. The Codex has a pretty good summary of the developer features, and you can always dive into Trac directly.

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Download: WordPress 3.4

PS: My plugins should work with WordPress 3.4, if you discovered any bug, just drop me an email, lesterchan AT gmail.

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.4, release"
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Date: Tuesday, 05 Jun 2012 05:26

About 2 weeks ago, I release an update to r WP-Email, WP-Polls, WP-PostRatings and WP-PostViews which added some nonce check and moved the AJAX request to be handled by /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php.

3 common issues that users are facing.

“-1″ or “Failed To Verify Referrer”
This means that most likely you are using a caching plugin like W3 Total Cache (W3TC) and the Javascript being minified/combined and cached is outdated. Just empty the JS/CSS cache under the “Minify” section of W3TC in WP-Admin and W3TC will regenerate it again. This will solve the problem.

Password Protected /wp-admin/ Will Not Work
If you are using .htpasswd to protect your /wp-admin/ folder, AJAX request to /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php will not work. This problem is not unique to my plugin. Any WordPress Plugins that uses the WordPress AJAX API will break. As mentioned in this Codex, Hardening WordPress:

Simply securing the wp-admin/ directory might also break some WordPress functionality, such as the AJAX handler at wp-admin/admin-ajax.php

To bypass this, check out this tutorial, Password protecting the wp-admin directory, this tutorial will teach you how to whitelist admin-ajax.php in your /wp-admin/ using .htaccess.

I still hope in the future version of WordPress, they will separate front facing AJAX requests vs backend AJAX requests.

Your WP-Admin Is HTTPS While Your Site Is Not
If your WP-Admin is behind SSL aka HTTPS and you have the following config in your wp-config.php define('FORCE_SSL_ADMIN', true);, the AJAX will fail because https://yoursite.com is different from http://yoursite.com and the browser treat it as different domain.

To solve this issue do the following:
Find:
'ajax_url' => admin_url('admin-ajax.php'),
Replace:
'ajax_url' => admin_url('admin-ajax.php', (is_ssl() ? 'https' : 'http')),

What the code does is basically forcing http to be used when calling admin-ajax.php for AJAX request. Again this is a hack, I am trying to figure a way around it.

I have pushed the code to trunk of all the respective plugins.

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WP-EMail, WP-Polls, WP-PostRatings, WP-P..."
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Date: Monday, 28 May 2012 00:26

WordPress 3.4 RC1 has been released to marked the 9th Birthday of WordPress!

I am expecting the final one to ship within the next 1-2 weeks!

Download: WordPress 3.4 RC1

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.4, rc"
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Date: Tuesday, 22 May 2012 12:01

I have updated the following plugins:

Now all AJAX requests are handled by /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php. Previously it is handled via the plugin PHP file itself by assuming that wp-load.php is always 2 levels down from the plugin file. But since you can have your WordPress in any folders, custom loading of wp-load.php is not possible as the path to wp-load.php varies from server to server.

While I am at it, I added nonce check for AJAX calls to WP-Polls, WP-PostRatings and WP-Email. Let me know if you run into problems via WordPress Support Forums, My Forums (if you are already registered) or via email (lesterchan AT gmail).

PS: Kindly refer to http://lesterchan.net/wordpress/2012/06/05/ajax-not-working-for-wp-email-wp-polls-wp-postratings-or-wp-postviews/ if you ran into problems.

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WP-EMail, WP-Polls, WP-PostRatings, WP-P..."
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Date: Saturday, 21 Apr 2012 03:58

WordPress 3.3.2 & 3.4 Beta 3 has been released
WordPress 3.3.2

Fixes:

  • Plupload (version 1.5.4), which WordPress uses for uploading media.
  • SWFUpload, which WordPress previously used for uploading media, and may still be in use by plugins.
  • vSWFObject, which WordPress previously used to embed Flash content, and may still be in use by plugins and themes.

  • Limited privilege escalation where a site administrator could deactivate network-wide plugins when running a WordPress network under particular circumstances, disclosed by Jon Cave of our WordPress core security team, and Adam Backstrom.
  • Cross-site scripting vulnerability when making URLs clickable, by Jon Cave.
  • Cross-site scripting vulnerabilities in redirects after posting comments in older browsers, and when filtering URLs. Thanks to Mauro Gentile for responsibly disclosing these issues to the security team.

Changelog: From WordPress 3.3.1
Download: WordPress 3.3.2

WordPress 3.4 Beta 3

  • 90 bugs have been fixed since beta 2

Changelog: From WordPress 3.4 Beta 2
Download: >WordPress 3.4 Beta 3

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.3, 3.4, beta"
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Date: Thursday, 05 Apr 2012 06:17

WordPress 3.4 Beta 1 has been released! The final version is expected to ship sometime next month (May 2012).

What’s New

  • Theme Customizer with Previewer
  • Flexible Custom Header Sizes
  • Selecting Custom Header and Background Images from Media Library
  • Better experience searching for and choosing a theme

Under-the-hood Changes

  • New XML-RPC API for external and mobile applications
  • New API for registering theme support for custom headers and backgrounds
  • Performance improvements to WP_Query by splitting the query (Please test!)
  • Internationalization improvements (improved performance and locale support)
  • Performance and API improvements when working with lists of installed themes
  • Support for installing child themes from the WordPress Themes Directory

Download: WordPress 3.4 Beta 1

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.4, beta"
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Date: Saturday, 07 Jan 2012 03:01

WordPress 3.3.1 has been release 4 days ago and it fixes 15 bugs and a fix for a cross-site scripting vulnerability that affected version 3.3.

Changelog: WordPress 3.3.1
Download: WordPress 3.3.1
Download: Modified files since WordPress 3.3

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.3"
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Date: Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 00:39

WordPress 3.3 has been released! I have upgraded this site to WordPress 3.3. My plugins should be working fine with WordPress 3.3.

For Users
Experienced users will appreciate the new drag-and-drop uploader, hover menus for the navigation, the new toolbar, improved co-editing support, and the new Tumblr importer. We’ve also been thinking a ton about what the WordPress experience is like for people completely new to the software. Version 3.3 has significant improvements there with pointer tips for new features included in each update, a friendly welcome message for first-time users, and revamped help tabs throughout the interface. Finally we’ve improved the dashboard experience on the iPad and other tablets with better touch support.

For Developers
There is a ton of candy for developers as well. I’d recommend starting your exploration with the new editor API, new jQuery version, better ways to hook into the help screens, more performant post-slug-only permalinks, and of course the entire list of improvements on the Codex and in Trac.

Download: WordPress 3.3

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.3, release"
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Date: Monday, 12 Dec 2011 00:55

WordPress 3.3 RC3 has been released yesterday. This should be the last RC if everything goes alright and the final version of WordPress 3.3 should be out within this week.

View: Full Changelog From RC2
Download: WordPress 3.3 RC3

Author: "Lester Chan" Tags: "WordPress, 3.3, rc"
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