When working on some new AJAX features for bbPress and WordPress we’ve noticed that AJAX requests don’t seem to send HTTP_REFERER values. We check referrers as one level of protection against cross-site-scripting, or XSS, so when they’re not set we aren’t able to use that value. How are most people using AJAX protecting against XSS? […]
WordPress wins Forbes.com Best of Web and Favorite award for blog tools! “In February, open source blogging application WordPress came out with its release 1.5, and we’ve found that this release puts WordPress squarely ahead of its competition.” Our number of downloads has more than doubled since that was written. Hat tip: Niall Kennedy.
WordPress in the Online Journalism Review with a very positive write-up. Hat tip: Newley Purnell.
WordPress Database Backup plugin, can save to file or email it to you. Can combine with the WP-Cron plugin to run at specified intervals.
Jeff Jarvis is switching to WordPress, assisted by his thirteen year-old son. That reminds me that we need to make the MT import process easier, which is one of the things on deck for 1.6. Hat tip: Dan Farber via email.
At the last IRC meetup the WordPress community asked for better search that included both the forums and the Codex and was integrated with the look and feel of the rest of the site. When I did this before it was horribly slow and it involved several queries across several different programs and MySQL hosts […]
“The Pulse of Freedom is a site published by the protesters at Martyrs’ Square, Beirut, from a tent city.” This is an inspiring story: “A group of Web masters, graphic design artists, writers, and photographers stayed up all night for several nights in a row putting the Web site together.” They chose WordPress. “As far […]
Let me do my best to respond to the inquiries have been coming in, only some of these are direct quotes. There is a shorter version of this available too. Is this an April Fool’s joke? Unfortunately not. If I was more clever perhaps I could make it a killer intro for one, but that’ll […]
I called my sister last night to tell her about a present I found for her in the market and she interrupted me to say she saw my name show up in Google News a few times and started reading some of the articles. Before the phone card ran out she read me some headlines […]
As has been reported many places, and sent to me in a dozen emails, Dreamhost have integrated support for installing and upgrading WordPress through their administration interface. For many this is not new, some systems like Fantastico have had support for auto-installing WP for a while now, but the interface was cluttered and WordPress was […]
(Also known as Announcements Two and Three. See part one.) Matt Mullenweg may be underage, but he knows how to get into a bar. That’s the opening line from the Houston Press feature called The Blog Age, subtitled “Matt Mullenweg helps usher in the real information revolution, one Web log at a time.” Modest, eh? […]
A few comments about some of the code changes in 1.3. Very nice to see people appreciating some of the hard work we’ve put into this iteration. In a perfect world we could stop the clock and rewrite large portions of the code from scratch, but that would take a long time and break a […]
WordPress 1.2 was downloaded over a hundred thousand times. About two-thirds of that was through the new download system where we can track stats better. It’ll be interesting to see the download rate of 1.2.1 (and subsequently 1.3).
This is neat: Fernando Graphicos has taken Michael’s Kubrick and built a few other very well-excuted graphic designs on top of it. Take a look: Lack of Love Clean and Crisp Rotten Tarp Headspace It’s great to see one labor of love inspiring another. I can’t wait to see what these talented people do when […]
Online Journalism Review writes Bloggers Declare War on Comment Spam, but Can They Win? I’m not sure what that has to do with journalism, but they talk to the same old people and read the same old sites and (not surprisingly) come to the same old tired conclusions. I’m trying to figure it out because […]
Can you link to this? How does it look in your aggregator? What’s it look like in your address bar? If you can’t get to this entry leave a comment on the previous one. Hat tip: Anne.
Recently it leaked on a blog (there are few secrets in Open Source) that elements from a design known as “Kubrick” by Michael Heilemann would be incorporated into the default template for the next version of WordPress. Kubrick is many things: a design, a set of templates, some plugins, and a removal of a lot […]
Through Carthik’s post A minor debate I came across this thread talking about comment feeds. The thread is a little funky and Carthik is obviously enthusiastic, but what stood out is Anil‘s comment “If there’s enough demand from users for it, we’ll include them in MT as part of the package.” Which prompts the question, […]
On comment spam and why WordPress doesn’t get a lot of it