WordPress 2.9 new features

October 17th, 2009

WordPress 2.9

WordPress 2.9


WordPress development team is near the time when the first beta 2.9 version will be available. There are a lot of new features appeared in this version. The full list of new features is available here http://codex.wordpress.org/Version_2.9
As the development 2.9-rare version is already available for testing let’s look together on the some features which the most noticeable for the every WordPress user. There are:
– Content (post, page, comment, media library item) trash status;
– Post thumbnail;
– Image Editor.

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Platinum SEO WordPress Plugin versus All In One

October 11th, 2009
Platinum SEO versus All In One

Platinum SEO versus All In One

Or why I switched my blog from All In One SEO to the Platinum SEO plugin

I used All In One SEO WordPress Plugin about a month. It worked good for me. Thanks to the author. But there is another side of the medal. What I don’t like from the very beginning it is the very aggressive and annoying donation requests and self-advertising this plugin shows on its Settings page. “I enjoy this plugin and have made a donation” checkbox uses some form of psychologic pressure on the plugin user to extort something from him. Is this plugin really free? I see that it is released under GPL (GNU General Public License) in the all_in_one_seo_pack.php file header. Do you agree that this is a freeware software? My doubts about it were very strong up to this moment. And finally when I had installed version 1.6.7 of All In One SEO I have no any doubts that this plugin is not really freeware.

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Thank You Counter Button WordPress Plugin

October 5th, 2009

thank you counter button wordpress plugin

thank you counter button

This is the visitor’s “Thank you” or “I like it” clicks counter. Every time a new visitor clicks the “Thank you” button one point is added to the total “thanks” counter for this post. Plugin uses AJAX to send data to the server and get it back. So no page reload is required. The plugin stores its counters in its own MySQL table. Only one “thanks” for the same IP-address can be permitted. Plugin can skip all further “Thank you” clicks from that IP-address once it is automatically registered. Total quant of thanks is displayed on the button just to the right from the click invitation text. Invitation text is ‘Thank You’ by default, but it can be changed at the plugin Settings page. Plugin has wide range of options to customize its behaviour and presentation. Live preview will help to select more suitable style.

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GNU Midnight Commander valid lines and boxes via Putty

September 27th, 2009

MC invalid lines

MC invalid lines

MC valid lines

MC valid lines


If go to the Linux web server from Windows box using Putty terminal, some times you can see strange effect after GNU Midnight Commander (MC) start. MC window doesn’t show valid pseudo-graphics symbols which it uses for boxes and lines drawing. Look on example at the screenshot from the left. To make this visual presentation valid,

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Login LockDown WordPress plugin Review

September 19th, 2009

WordPress Plugin Review

WordPress Plugin Review

This review is made for Login LockDown v.1.5 WordPress plugin.
Date of review: 19th September 2009
Rating: 4.0
Author profile: Michael VanDeMar
WordPress plugin directory link: Login LockDown

According to author’s description Login LockDown WordPress plugin adds some extra security to WordPress by restricting the rate at which failed logins can be re-attempted from a given IP range. Plugin records the IP address and timestamp of every failed login attempt. If more than a certain number of attempts are detected within a short period of time from the same IP range, then the login function is disabled for all requests from that IP range. This helps to prevent brute force password discovery.
After testing and using it on live site I confirm that Login LockDown WordPress plugin really has functionality declared by its author. But plugin has some security and usability issues.

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PHP code to execute MySQL script

September 10th, 2009

PHP-MySQL

PHP-MySQL


There are advanced and comfortable tools to manage your MySQL databases. For example:

But sometimes you can not use those tools and need the ability to execute some SQL script on server by your own hands, easy and fast way. What to do in such situation? Use this PHP code to execute all SQL commands from SQL script text file, one by one:

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WordPress under gpc_10805 attack

September 8th, 2009

WordPress

WordPress


A lot of information about last attack on WordPress managed sites can be found:
http://mashable.com/2009/09/05/wordpress-attack/
http://www.netpassiveincome.com/wordpress-mysql-injection-permalink/
http://www.warriorforum.com/main-internet-marketing-discussion-forum/121131-wordpress-mysql-injection.html
http://www.andysowards.com/blog/wordpress/breaking-wordpress-mysql-injection-how-to-fix-latest-attack-evalbase64_decode_serverhttp_referer/
http://www.seanrees.com/2009/09/02/well-an-update-worth-its-salt/
But pay attention that not only WordPress sites are attacked in this manner, look at the
http://www.webdeveloper.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1032611
Sites in the HTML only are attacked by this robot too.

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