Podcast Episode

007 – WordPress Update and Questions oh My!

In this episode I stress the importance of updating to the newest version of WordPress 3.0.4. I also answer questions from three different listeners.

Why Should I Update WordPress?
Version 3.0.4 of WordPress, available immediately through the update page in your dashboard or for download here, is a very important update to apply to your sites as soon as possible because it fixes a core security bug in our HTML sanitation library, called KSES. I would rate this release as “critical.”

This issue affects all versions of WordPress prior to 3.0.4, so if you are still on a 2.X release you need to update as well.

Beta Testers?
WordPress 3.1 is in the RC2 mode. Release candidates are the last stop before the final release. It means we think we’re done, and we again have no bugs to squash. But with tens of millions of users, many server configurations and setups, and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s still possible we’ve missed something.

Beta 1 came on Thanksgiving, RC1 on Christmas, and RC2 on New Year’s Day. We won’t be waiting for another holiday for the final release, though, so if you haven’t tested WordPress 3.1 yet, now is the time!

Select changes since RC1:
* The security fixes included in WordPress 3.0.4
* Fix issues related to handling a static front page
* Fixes and enhancements for the pagination buttons
* Fix searching for partial usernames
* Properly reactivate plugins after editing them
* Always show the current author in the author dropdown when editing a post
* Fixes for attachment taxonomies
* Fix node removal for the admin bar
* Fix the custom post type show_in_menu argument
* Various fixes for right-to-left languages
* and a few dozen more changes

If you are testing the release candidate and think you’ve found a bug, there are a few ways to let us know:
* Post it to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums
* Report it to the wp-testers mailing list
* Join the development IRC channel and tell us live at irc.freenode.net #wordpress-dev
* File a bug ticket on the WordPress Trac
To test WordPress 3.1, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you candownload the release candidate here (zip).

Listener Feedback Hotline
Question #1 from Chris in Capitola, CA
I am fairly new to WordPress and enjoy your podcasts. They are simple and informative. Keep em coming. Quick question. What plugin do you use to verify email addresses for your newsletter subscribers?

Question #2 from Richard in Austin, TX
A couple questions I had is about domain name. Is it better to buy the domain name though the host company or use a dedicated domain name seller? You said you use Hover for your domain names. Also what are the pros and cons of using one or the other.

Question #3 from Doug
As a matter of fact, I do have a question. I love the plugin, wp ecommerce, but what about if I want to offer free digital products, such as a free ebook. How do I go about doing that so they get the ebook immediately and I get their email. Is there a free plugin for that? Or I could just offer them a free download without getting their email. I plan to offer an ebook I wrote later and may get their email that way.

Call to Action:
It’s time now for the call to action. Send in a question to the show. You can send in questions in one of three ways.

Email: Dustin@YourWebsiteEngineer.com
Phone: 740.666.HTML
Contact form on website YourWebsiteEngineer.com

I can’t wait to hear from you.

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