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Monthly Archives: December 2005

New features in WordPress 2.0?

A lot of people are still asking what the differences are between WordPress version 1.5.2 and version 2.0. I did mention that a lot of the differences are under the surface, and I mentioned the WYSIWYG editor and the new user permissions scheme. Rather than list the changes here, I’ll point you to those who have already written about it. One of the best articles is probably What’s New in WordPress 2.0? over on Owen … Continue reading

WordPress Book

Building Online Communities with Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress Well, actually, the book isn’t just about WordPress. But it does devote six chapters to our favorite blogging platform. The book I’m talking about is Building Online Communities with Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress, co-authored by Mike Little. The result is six chapters on using WordPress to help build an online community. Although I wrote the book using version 1.5.x most of the WordPress chapters are version agnostic. … Continue reading

WordPress 2.0 Release on December 26

In response to concerns about availability of support over the Christmas holiday, the release of WordPress 2.0 has been delayed until December 26. This will allow all the fine helpers who answer questions in the forums and on IRC to enjoy the holiday without feeling that they need to rush back to assist upgraders.


I went ahead and took the plunge: this site is now running WordPress 2.0 RC3. Everything seems to be working fine so far, despite some of the ugly hacks I have in my home-grown “Rock’em Sock’em Robots” theme. I’m not using the new WYSIWYG editor, as I prefer to write my post markup by hand. And even though the new version lets you add categories on-the-fly, I’m still using the Tags4WP plugin, because it will … Continue reading

Yahoo! Web Hosting adds WordPress

Double Yow! Another announcement from Matt: Yahoo! Web Hosting has added WordPress to their offerings. And as an added bonus, they automatically enable the Akismet plugin, which is going to add a wealth of data to that service’s spam filters.

WordPress 2.0 Release imminent

Just three hours ago, Matt posted this on the wordpress-hackers mailing list: Subject: [wp-hackers] 2.0 Release Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the phase of the moon. Now would be a great time to start making sure your themes and plugins work with the new version, and post to hackers if you need any help updating them. Yow! On the one hand, I’m really excited about this release. A lot of the changes are under the … Continue reading

Poisoning the well

Overall, the volume of spam attempts on my server have been down lately. Oh, I still get a steady stream, I delete over 100 comment spams (caught by my filters) each day. But I’ve seen fewer of the massive, server-squashing spam runs that hammer my web service with too many simultaneous connections, blocking out legitimate users. On the other hand, I’m seeing a lot more attempts by spammers to poison the well. What I mean … Continue reading

The State of FeedLounge

Alex has posted a moderately detailed article explaining The State of FeedLounge. For any newcomers who don’t know what FeedLounge is, it’s a web based feed aggregator, not unlike BlogLines. But FeedLounge is a next-generation web service that looks and acts more like a desktop application than a web site. I’m one of the lucky alpha testers who have had access for the last six months. I committed to using FeedLounge as my only feed … Continue reading