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October 29, 2010

Auto-backup your blog with Amazon S3

Since the last time we suffered a major downtime due to a DDOS attack, been looking for a more pro-active way to make multiple back-ups of the site. Recently, I discovered you can also do automatic back-ups using Amazon S3 as well.

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June 18, 2010

WordPress 3.0 is here!

This is one of the major updates to the blogging software, WordPress 3.0 is now available and ready for deployment.

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September 06, 2009

Is your WordPress blog updated?

Sometimes, it takes a huge/serious security alert like the one we have now with WordPress to force people to upgrade their blogs to the latest secure version.

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April 14, 2009

WP DB Cache vs. WP SuperCache

Most bloggers are familiar with WP SuperCache, a WordPress plugin that dynamically caches WP by converting them into static pages, thereby avoiding repeated database queries. While it’s very effective, this approach though has had several drawbacks. Then, there’s the newer one called WP DB Cache.

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December 12, 2008

WordPress 2.7 out with new Admin UI

A new version of WordPress is now out at 2.7. Some major re-design of the administration layout was done as well as a few tweak, bug fixes and improvements.

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October 21, 2008

Interesting Akismet Stats

Since the late 2006 when I started moving to Akismet for some spam protection for this blog, it has already blocked around 930,000 spam comments. Automattic released the latest Akismet stats per blog which is accessible in the WP admin panel.

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July 23, 2008

WordPress for the iPhone & iPod Touch

Blogging just got better on the iPhone with WordPress for iPhone App at the iTunes Store. Or so I thought. Automattic has launched an iPhone App for WordPress.

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July 15, 2008

Codename: Tyner, a WordPress 2.6 Release

A new version of WordPress (version 2.6, codenamed Tyner) is now out. That’s 194 bugs fixed and over a dozen new feature improvements, including a faster and more usable image uploader/manager. Grab a copy here.

June 02, 2008

TypePad Anti Spam

A couple of weeks ago, SixApart launched a new blog anti-spam software called TypePad Anti-Spam which aims to compete with Akismet and Defensio at combating comment spam in both TypPad/MovableType blogs and WordPress blogs.

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April 27, 2008

Important Security fix on WordPress 2.5.1

A new WordPress release is just out on version 2.5.1 which fixes tons of bugs and a patch to a very important security vulnerability specifically if your blog is open to user registration. Those on WordPress is strongly encouraged to upgrade.

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April 09, 2008

WP Trackback Spam Attack

They say that the more popular you are, the more attacks you get. This is so true with WordPress right now. The massive code injection and hidden links on WordPress blogs are getting some serious coverage and just tonight I discovered another form of attack — the WP Trackback Spam flooding.

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March 31, 2008

All up on WordPress. 2.5 Final Release

Been upgrading dozens of blogs in the last 24 hours to the latest WordPress 2.5 Final Release. Broke some of the custom hacks I previously done but all in all, it’s a worthwhile update. I just hope they’d find a way to do away with the chmod+777 folder permissions on the uploads as it’s causing people headaches with security issues and hack attempts.

March 29, 2008

WordPress 2.5 Release Candidate 2

After trying out the initial release of WordPress 2.5 RC1 on some smaller blogs, I was excited to try them here as well. The timing was good since WP RC2 just got out and I must say the newer features are very impressive.

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March 05, 2008

Lessons in Optimizing a Really Huge Blog

Up until now, I haven’t had any close experience doing server-side optimization of a highly-trafficked blog. When I say “highly-trafficked”, I mean it’s like being on the front page of Digg all day, 7 days a week.

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March 03, 2008

Stop Site Scrapers with AntiLeech

It’s always a constant challenge how to protect our original content from site scrapers. It’s even harder no that blogs are easier to scrape because of full RSS feeds.

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January 23, 2008

WordPress Plugins should be Regulated

As someone who maintains hundreds of WordPress blogs for myself, friends, and clients, the number 1 problem that I’ve always encountered and have given me tons of headaches and sleepless nights are WP Plugins.

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January 22, 2008

Free 3GB Upgrade on WordPress.com

Matt of Automattic has just announced that it has upgraded all WordPress.com account’s upload quota from 50MB to 3GB. That’s 60 fold increase overnight.

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December 12, 2007

Blogger or WordPress.com?

Was having time debate with several of the participants here in my workshop on which blogging platform has better usability and functionality. Of course, I was pushing for WordPress.com because of two things — scale and upgradability. However, others are saying Blogger is better. I haven’t used Blogger in like 4 years now and yes I know that it has improved since then. What do you think?

November 17, 2007

Why WordPress moved from Technorati to Google BlogSearch?

Only a few people may have noticed this but since WordPress 2.3 came out, they switched the WP Dashboard Incoming Links from Technorati to Google BlogSearch. Why WordPress decided to make this move is yet unknown until this day.

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November 09, 2007

Defensio Anti Comment Spam System

We’re all familiar with Akismet since it comes loaded with every WordPress installation. Aside from that, there’s not much choice for an anti-spam defense for our blogs anywhere.

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November 07, 2007

Running WP Super Cache

After upgrading this server to PHP 5 and mySQL 5 last week, I tested a new version of the WordPress caching system.

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November 03, 2007

Make Money Online Making WordPress Themes

On WordPress.com, that is. Matt Mullenweg on Automattic recently announced a WP Theme Marketplace on WordPress.com. Now you can sell premium themes on millions of bloggers running on WordPress.com.

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October 18, 2007

Automattic buys Gravatar

Nice to hear good projects get nice attention and some more lovin’. Matt announces that Gravatar has just been acquired by Automattic, same company behind WordPress.

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September 26, 2007

WordPress 2.3 Dexter: Major Update, Major Headache?

WordPress 2.3The long awaited release of Dexter, WordPress 2.3 is here. The upgraded features are awesome, but so are the things you need to look out for when upgrading to this version of the software.

Here are the highlights, on top of the 351 bugs fixed:
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September 14, 2007

Red WordPress T-Shirt

Last July, WordPress Shop opened business for international fans. The Red WordPress T-Shirts are hot.

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