I’ve been busy with other things and sitting on this episode, which Jonathan and I recorded several weekends ago. I’ve finally gotten around to editing it down and it includes:
- WordPress 2.5.1 was released April 25th, and includes a significant security fix, so you should update as soon as possible if you haven’t done so already. This version does break the reset password feature, however. (Thanks to Ryan McCue for providing a patch file.)
- Matt Mullenweg announced Sphere integration into blog content to display related posts, and automatic theme-creation for photo bloggers at the Web 2.0 expo in San Francisco.
- WordPress and WordPress.com are Webware 100 award winners in the Publishing category.
- Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror took a lot of heat for his characterization of WordPress as a “Destroyer of CPUs“, and the subject of caching reared its ugly heat once again.
- Raj Dash loves WordPress, but hates WordPress 2.5. Jonathan asks for a way to change the color scheme of the admin panel.
- A new search feature allows for the search of over 3 million WordPress.com blogs. Search results can be ordered by relevancy, our magic secret sauce algorithm that’s the default, or by most recent, so you can see the latest and greatest on any given subject. There are also language-specific engines for every language WordPress.com supports.
- WordPress.com now includes many of the same features available to WordPress 2.5 users.
- WordPress.com blocked in Brazil.
- When you attempt to login to a WordPress account, you are given fairly specific error messages if you enter the username or password incorrectly. This can be helpful to an attacker if they are trying to guess usernames and/or passwords. Login Error Cleanup simply returns the message “Error” if the combination submitted is not valid.
- Widgetized Admin Dashboard is a WordPress Plugin for 2.5+ that lets you edit the WordPress Dashboard in the Design > Widgets area. It also removes the WordPress Developer News and WP Planet News that many consider to be “Dashboard Spam” and lets you see exactly what you want to see on your dashboard.
Episode 42 was also recorded a while back and I’ll be publishing that over the next week or so.