Facebook Launches Full WordPress Plugin

Earlier today Facebook announced that they have launched a full WordPress plugin. The Facebook developer blog has a full overview of the plugin which is available now from within the WordPress admin plugins page.

The plugin allows you to post directly from WordPress to your Facebook profile. The plugin also allows for Facebook comments, Facebook like button, Facebook share button along with an activity option.

To use this plugin, you need to setup your blog as an application inside of WordPress and then linkĀ  up your Facebook account with the plugin if you want the full functionality of the plugin.

One important note – when I added the Facebook plugin to one of my blogs – the like button completely removed ShareThis and the Facebook commenting option completely removed the regular WordPress commenting option.

 

A Quick Lesson in WordPress Semantics

As much as I love WordPress, there are quite a few elements and functions in the system that can be a bit confusing, and even ambiguous. In this article, I’m going to try to explain and unravel a few of these items.

What’s the difference between the “home” page and the “front page”?

To many users, the terms “home” page and “front page” might seem like the same thing. However, in WordPress, they’re treated as two different elements. The “home” page is the main page that shows blog posts. If you install WordPress and don’t change any of the settings, this will be your site’s front page. However, if you modify the “Settings -> Reading -> Front page displays” setting to select “A static page (see below)”, and you choose a page for the “Front page” and a page for the “Posts page”, the “home” page is no longer the first page on your site. Instead, the first page on your site is the “front page”, now.

WordPress Releases Version 3.3 With Tumblr Importer

WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg has just announced the release of version 3.3 of the WordPress blogging/cms software. It looks like the majority of the changes are cosmetic inside the admin tool including some updates to the help for new users. The big feature I noticed in their overview video below is the new ability to easily import a tumblr blog into WordPress.

The one big update I’d love is the ability to set the “add an image” option to always be set to “by URL” because I use (and I assume others do too) Amazon S3 for storing images.

You can update your WordPress software to 3.3 now by using the auto-update function with the administration interface.

Here’s the features overview video for WordPress 3.3 from the WordPress team:

WordPress 3.0.5 Released – Security Update

Blog software provider WordPress has just released the 3.0.5 version of their blogging software. They suggest that if you are running WordPress you update immediately.

This security release fixes two XSS bugs, some update to the media uploader to prevent information disclosure and some enhancements to harden the overall blogging tool.

You can update using the auto-updater within your WordPress admin or you can download the files from wordpress.org.

It was just over a month ago that WordPress released version 3.0.4 which was also a security release.

WordPress Releases Critical 3.0.4 Upgrade Patch

Blogging software WordPress has posted an update to their software that they are calling a “critical” update. WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg posted about the update this afternoon and suggests you download and install the patch as soon as possible.

You can see the full changeset that is part of the 3.0.4 WordPress patch on the WordPress Trac.

If you run WordPress on your own server, you can use the auto-update to download and install the 3.0.4 version with the patch or you can download the software from wordpress.org.

WordPress 3.0 Released

So, the big news yesterday was the fact that WordPress 3.0 (codenamed “Thelonious”) was released. For me, the major milestone from this release is the fact that WordPressMU no longer exists as a separate project. Instead, WordPressMU has been merged with the standard version of WordPress, making it possible and easy for all WordPress owners to manage multiple blogs/websites from a single control panel.

This release also implements a brand new default theme that was built specifically to showcase some of the really nice new template features built into WordPress. Widget control has been improved and expanded; menus are now fully customizable from within the admin center (no more hacking theme files to get a custom menu) and more.

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