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.

Creating Custom Menus in WordPress 3

Wordpress Custom MenusIn my previous post, I outlined how you can add support for the new custom menus that were enabled in WordPress 3. Tonight, I will briefly review the process of creating and organizing those new menus from within your WordPress administration area.

To start with, make sure you’ve activated the theme into which you added the custom menu support. Once you’ve done that, you will see a “Menus” link in the “Appearance” menu on the left sidebar of your administration area. Click on that link and you will see a fresh new screen with a few options on it.