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WordPress 3.1.1 is a recommended security update, also improves performance

WordPress.org, the insanely popular self-hosted blogging platform, has just received an update that bumps it to version 3.1.1. According to the official blog post on the matter -- and made obvious by the minor revision number -- this isn't a release centered on exciting new features, but that really shouldn't deter any WordPress.org user from updating. WordPress 3.1.1 contains many security fix...

WordPress for iOS 2.7 features improved data management, better stability

WordPress for iPad and iPhone has always been usable, if somewhat clunky and unstable. Version 2.0 made huge leaps in both interface and reliability, and it's been getting a tiny bit better with each new version. Now, enter WordPress for iOS 2.7, which uses Apple's Core Data framework for even greater stability. The post editor has been updated, and it offers easy access to tags and categories,...

WordPress.com hit by massive DDoS attack

DDoS attacks aren't entirely uncommon nowadays, but the scale of the attack against WordPress.com is truly staggering. CEO Matt Mullenweg told TechCrunch that the attack has affected all three of the company's data centers -- which are located in Chicago, Dallas, and San Antonio. The sites were being blasted by tens of millions of packets (and multiple Gigabits) per second. Mullenweg says the a...

WordPress 3.0.4 security update essential for all users, fixes critical flaw

WordPress has announced a "critical" update, version 3.0.4, and is advising all users to install it immediately. Wordpress 3.0.4 fixes a security flaw in KSES, WordPress's HTML sanitation library. WordPress chief Matt Mullenweg said in an email to users that KSES is used in "lots of places" in WordPress, so it's very important to update as soon as possible. According to Sophos Security's Naked ...

WordPress blogs will update in real time, via PubSubHubbub

PubSubHubbub, the quickly-growing service that pushes out real-time updates to RSS feeds, continued its march toward ubiquity this week when uber-popular blogging platform WordPress started offering PubSub support. PubSub had already hit Tumblr, Posterous, Google's Blogger and more, but I think this is the move that finally takes it mainstream. (Well, as mainstream as anything having to do with RS...

WordPress 2.9 arrives, with an image editor and a trash folder

Good news for users of the popular WordPress blogging platform: WordPress 2.9 has arrived, and it includes some major new features that make blogging easier, as well as hundreds of under-the-hood improvements to important stuff like databases and SEO. The most visible new features are a built-in image editor, a much easier way to embed video, a better plug-in updater, and a trash for your deleted...

Wordpress for iPhone 2 is actually usable!

The first version of the Wordpress iPhone app showed a lot of promise as mobile blogging tool, but it was too slow and too buggy to use. It didn't know what to do with dropped connections -- all too common, when you're blogging from an AT&T iPhone -- and the UI was clunky and unintuitive. Round 2! Wordpress is back for another try at the iPhone thing, and this time they're far closer to doing ...

WordPress gets a better spellchecker, After the Deadline

Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has acquired a spiffy spellchecker called After The Deadline. It's now available on Wordpress blogs, and you can enable it in the Wordpress visual editor by clicking the ABC button with the green checkmark (If you're using a WordPress.org install, get the plugin). After the Deadline is smarter than the spellcheckers we're used to in desktop apps, because i...

Vote for the features you'd like to see in Wordpress 2.9

Wordpress 2.8 may have just hit the streets a month ago, but the folks behind the popular blogging software are already looking ahead to Wordpress 2.9. As usual, the update will likely bring a number of bug and security fixes. But there's are also plans to cram in a few new major features, and the Wordpress team wants to know what items you think should be at the top of the priority list. It lo...

WordPress 2.7 coming tomorrow

Edit: As Matt was kind enough to point out, WordPress.com will see the roll out of WordPress 2.7 sometime this evening. There is no official word on when WordPress.org will release the self-hosted version, though the first release candidate is available now. -- CEW -- It's a bit behind schedule, but WordPress 2.7 is due out tomorrow evening. Automattic, the company behind the popular blogging pl...

Intense Debate emerges from private beta, offers new WordPress plugin

Less than two months after being acquired by WordPress's parent company Automattic, blog commenting system Intense Debate is again available to the public. The service had been in private beta for the last two months, not because the company was busy adding a ton of new features, but because it was busy scaling Intense Debate's infrastructure to handle the additional traffic that is likely to co...

Automattic buys Intense Debate, better Wordpress comments coming soon

Automattic, the company behind the popular WordPress blog publishing software has acquired blog commenting service Intense Debate. We've covered Intense Debate in the past. The service provides web publishers a replacement for the default comments systems supplied by WordPress, Blogger, and Moveable Type and other blog platforms. By installing the plugin, you get threaded comments, reputations, a...

Automattic acquires BuddyPress social networking plugins

Automattic, the company behind the WordPress blogging platform, is becoming known for buying up some of the most creative WordPress hacks out there. They've already snapped up the global avatar service, Gravatar, and added a handful of quality themes by Chris Pearson to their selection of default templates. Now Automattic is taking WordPress into the arena of social networking by hiring designer...

WordPress goes enterprise with KnowNow

Automattic, the company behind open source blogging platform WordPress and free blog service WordPress.com, has struck a deal with enterprise RSS company KnowNow, who will begin selling KnowNow Wordpress Enterprise Edition (KWEE), a special version of WordPress MU (i.e. Multi-User, the same multi-blog software WordPress.com is built on) that will include special enterprise features like LDAP authe...

WordPress.com announces VIP Hosting

WordPress.com, the free blog hosting service from the creators of open source blogging software WordPress, has announced a new hosting package for high-profile, high-traffic bloggers. WordPress.com VIP Hosting "allows these folks to piggyback on our WordPress.com infrastructure, getting the benefits of what we've built without the limitations of a free WordPress.com account around theme editing an...