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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...

WordPress enables new iPad-optimized layout for its 18 million blogs

WordPress has just announced the introduction of a 'pure HTML5' iPad-optimized theme. It has been automatically activated for all 18 million WordPress.com blogs, and self-hosted WordPress.org users can download and install the plug-in manually. The iPad-optimized layout, which was developed with tablet publishing specialist OnSwipe, supports touch interactions, swiping, rotation and 'many other...

WordPress 3.2 to remove support for old tech and introduce distraction-free writing

According to a developer post from WordPress, the popular content management platforms has its sights set on becoming both lighter and faster than ever before. The company is focused on moving ahead, and that means it's time to leave behind some old technologies. A minimum of PHP 5.2.4 will be required, as will MySQL 5. IE6 support is also being shoved to the back burner -- security updates...

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...

WordPress 3.1 released, features massive writing workflow and admin overhauls

With over 2,000 code commits and 820 bug and feature fixes, WordPress 3.1 has been released. You can download the new version in its entirety, or simply log into your WordPress.org installation and update via the Dashboard. The most notable new new change is a massively overhauled writing interface, which should make the entire publishing process both more streamlined and less intimidating for...

WordPress.com blogs get premium paid-for themes

Automattic has just announced that premium themes have become available for WordPress.com blogs. Self-hosted WordPress.org installations have long been benefiting from a thriving theming ecosystem, complete with many paid themes -- but this is the first time that users of WordPress.com, the service that hosts your blog for you, are able to buy premium themes. For starters, only two themes can...

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 gets Windows Phone 7 app, edit your blog on the go

Automattic has officially brought WordPress to Windows Phone 7 for blogging on the go. The WordPress app stays faithful to the general Windows Phone 7 aesthetic of huge typography that goes beyond the current view, and horizontally scrolling screens. But the app isn't really meant for writing epic posts (although you can compose new posts). Like its Android and iOS counterparts, it lets you...

WordPress introduces new HTML5 sandbox theme, calls out to CSS artists

By now, I hope you've felt the early rumblings of an HTML5 revolution. It's still early days, however; most HTML5 sites are tests, or niche Web apps that only a small fraction of surfers will use. What HTML5 really needs is a huge, pipe-hitting champion; a website that grabs HTML5 by the gonads and slams it down front and center. A champion such as WordPress, for example, which has just released...

Wordpress gets A/B testing for headlines with Headline Split Tester plugin

If you're not sure whether your blog's audience is responding better to keyword-heavy, all-business headlines or quirky, feature-y ones, Wordpress now lets you test two headlines for each post with a new plugin. Headline Split Tester allows you to enter two headlines for every post and automatically choose one at random for each reader. Eventually, whichever headline gets more clicks becomes the...

Twitter Tuesday - Are Twitter location check-ins coming soon?

Howdy, Twitter fans. Looks like it's Tuesday again already, and it's time for another installment of the best Twitter news and app of. Let's get to it! The biggest news this week is an upcoming improvement to Twitter's Places feature. No, it's not a head-to-head Foursquare or Facebook Places competitor (yet), but it will allow businesses to claim their physical locations. If you haven't seen a...

WordPress.com can now tap Zemanta's magic photoifying, taggy and related linky juice

Despite being posted by someone with a thoroughly unbelievable name ('Joy Victory'? Really?), I can confirm that WordPress.com users now have access to Zemanta's rather sexy functionality. Zemanta, if you've not heard of it before, is best explained as a blogging buddy. It doesn't write your blogs for you, but it can help your posts along. As you write your posts (and update your title),...

WordPress for Android is the smoothest and most functional smartphone app I've ever used

I had actually intended to try out TweetDeck for Android today, but it turns out it only works on smartphones sporting Android 2.0 or newer. Thus, with my weak, little Android 1.6 phone I've been left out in the cold, tweetless and lonely. But hey, it ain't all bad: I've been playing with the official WordPress app instead, and damn it's good! First things first, though: you'd have to be an...

Wordpress 3.0 arrives, with multi-blog support and new default theme

If you're running several Wordpress blogs, your life just got a lot easier. Wordpress 3.0, codenamed "Thelonious," has finally arrived, and it supports multiple Wordpress blogs. You can manage them all from a central dashboard, too, with no logging out and back in. There's also a sexy new default theme called 2010, which is highly customizable and lets you post small "asides" in addition to...