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WordPress 2.6 Released

Monday, July 14th, 2008

WordPressWordPress 2.6 has been released! Some of the new features include:

  • Post Revisions – Think WikiPedia’s History tab, they’re located at the bottom of the Write screen (try comparing a revision to itself, it’s fun 😉 )
  • Press This! – Drag this link (located on the right side of the Write screen) to your bookmarks bar and use it to quickly post something
  • Image Captions
  • Themes Previews
  • Google Gears Support – Allows you to store images and CSS/JavaScript files from the Admin panel locally to speed things up a bit
  • Reorganized Plugin Page – Arranges plugins into the categories of Active, Recently Active or Unactive

It is recommended that everybody using an older version of WordPress to upgrade as soon as possible.

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WordPress 2.5.1 Released

Friday, April 25th, 2008

WordPressThe latest version in the WordPress 2.5 branch, 2.5.1, has been released. WordPress 2.5.1 contains a couple of serious security fixes and approximately 70 bug fixes and enhancements. It is recommended that you upgrade your blogs immediately.

I’ve upgraded already, have you?

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Twitter Bot: Magic 8 Ball

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

On the Weekend, Gary Jones from BlueFur (Twitter: bluefur) came up with the idea of a Twitter robot that would act as a Magic 8 Ball. He asked me if I wanted to help make it, I accepted, and development began.

What we came up with was a small script that would automatically reply with a Magic 8 Ball-type answer when it was “replied” to. To use it, all you have to do is write a “tweet” replying to magic_8ball with a yes or no question. Which would look like this “@magic_8ball <yes or no question>”.

This little “Twitter Bot” uses the Twitter API to receive the replies to it, and then send out replies with a randomly selected answer. We quickly found out that the Twitter API is quite restrictive. As outlined in Gary’s post, Twitter only allows 70 authenticated API requests an hour, which not only inconveniences developers while testing their Apps, but also users using Twitter Apps. Also, Twitter restricts API calls for replies and such to the latest 20, which can create quite a few problems.

We’ve decided to make this application Open Source, so that other developers looking to develop with the Twitter API can hopefully learn from our code. Feel feel to use, modify, hack and learn from this code to create your own Twitter Applications. The code is release under the GNU General Public License version 3 (or, at your option, any later version). You can get the code here (or in txt format here).

If you have any questions about the code, feel free to let me know.

I’m on Twitter under mattfreedman, feel free to follow me.

Make the WordPress Admin Section Full Width

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

One of the most debated and annoying thing in WordPress 2.5 is that the Admin pages have a max-width on them, which is set to about 980 pixels. Resulting in quite a bit of useless whitespace on the right side of the page, if you have a large monitor.

I have a 22″ monitor with my resolution set to 1680×1050. My browser window is almost always maximized, which meant that about 40% of the screen was being wasted with whitespace. It’s particularly annoying on the Write page, when writing a post felt claustrophobic.

Luckily, Dion Hulse wrote a small plugin, called Remove Max Width, which removes the max-width attributes, and allows the Admin pages to be liquid/fluid width, and use up the entire width of the browser window.

Personally, I now find the Admin section much easier to use, and makes writing a post more of a pleasurable experience. Try the plugin out, if you don’t like it, you can always deactivate it and the Admin section will return to it’s default max-width.

WordPress 2.5

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

WordPressEarlier today, WordPress 2.5 was released. WordPress 2.5 includes some major changes and improvements. Here’s a list of the more important change in 2.5:

  • The Administration area of WordPress received a complete redesign. I’ll let you decide whether you like it or not. 😉
  • The WYSIWYG editor used in WordPress (TinyMCE) was updated to the latest version available.
  • A new Media Manager
  • Better Tag Management
  • Protection from two users editing the same post/page at the same time.
  • Automated Plugin Updating – WordPress now includes functionality to allow you to update plugins to their latest versions with just a few clicks.
  • Better password encryption
  • Lots of backend changes

WordPress 2.5 also ships with two different colour schemes for the Administrator Panel, “Classic” and “Fresh”. You can change the colour scheme in your user profile (click your name in the top-right hand cornor). The default is “Fresh”.

If you have not upgraded already, it is highly recommended that you do. I’ve upgraded already, and everything seems alright.

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