WordPress 2.9.1

No sooner than WordPress 2.9 was released, an updated point release was announced to resolve issues on some versions of PHP’s curl extension. Bizarre. I mean who would’ve thought after all the beta testing and release candidates that this kind of issue would only show up once released to the public. Hence WordPress 2.9.1 was born just days after the WordPress 2.9 release. (more…)

WordPress 2.9 Upgrade

The latest version of WordPress, 2.9, has just been released.

Upgrading was really quite easy. I logged into my WordPress dashboard and saw the message saying that WordPress 2.9 is available, click here to upgrade. So, I did. The upgrade screen reminded me to backup my database, a sensible suggestion, so I quickly clicked through to my favourite backup tool and made backup. I returned to Tools, upgrade and clicked on “Upgrade Automatically”. Within seconds the upgrade process had downloaded the update, uncompressed and installed it. (more…)

Speed Up Your Website

Free Google Website Performance Tips

Let’s face it, having the fastest website on the planet is everyones dream. There are many hosting services and options available with each service so finding the best combination can be a bit of a crap shoot. Now, Google, in their webmaster tools, has put together information for webmasters on how Google sees site performance and offers suggestions as to how to reduce a sites load time. Take a look at Google’s post in their webmaster blog “How fast is your site“. (more…)

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Congratulations to TheChive.com

I’ve been lucky to have had the opportunity to work on a high profile website such as TheChive.com and just recently they’ve celebrated their 1st Birthday. I’ve helped them with various issues and improvements over the time they’ve been online, switched themes, modified theme layouts, plugins, custom coding, styling and Read more…

Keeping WordPress secure

Over the past few months we’ve seen multitude of point releases of WordPress. We’re all in favour of new features and performance improvements but sometimes we overlook the important security aspects these updates bring. Recently WordPress was the subject of an attack by a worm that had a negative impact on the performance and security of the software. (More details here). (more…)

WordPress and jQuery

A recent client project increased my exposure to integrating jQuery with WordPress. For this client I had to design a filter interface enabling the user to choose a category and then pick a time range to search for rated posts (if not all time) and then finally the resultant posts Read more…

Upgrade WordPress to 2.8.5

I’ve had a few requests recently to upgrade WordPress on various client sites and there’s one thing I have to say – it really is easier than ever. There are occasional file and folder permission issues and when resolved the upgrade process is seamless. I found more information on the Read more…