Category Archives: Asides

WordCamp Milan

WordCamp Milan, the first WordCamp to be hosted in Europe, convened this weekend. Lead WordPress developer Matt Mullenweg was in town, and from his photos (more) it looks like Milan in the spring would be difficult to be for a location. Update May 12: Another brief video interview with Mullenweg. More interviews.

WordPress Job

Ozh announced a brand-new site aggregating WordPress freelance jobs: It includes a search feature and can be followed on Twitter and via (as of now not working) RSS feed.

Exporting Mephisto to WordPress

Jason Gill has published the amazingly concise script he used to export his Mephisto site to WordPress.

Using WordPress to Log System Changes

With a basic shell script and WordPress’s blog-by-email feature, Jon Buys is using WordPress to log user changes to his servers: I decided to start tracking the email alerts with a centralized database. Now, at this point, I could have whipped up my own home-brew frankenstein creation, but since everything I wanted was already built […]

NPR Interns’ Blog Powered by WordPress

National Public Radio’s Spring 2008 intern blog is powered by WordPress, using a somewhat modified version of the default Kubrick theme.

Backporting WordPress Security Fixes

Alex Schleber so dislikes WordPress 2.5 that he’s worked out how to patch version 2.3.3 with 2.5’s security patches instead of upgrading. It’s an approach I would recommend against. For one thing, there’s a good chance that one won’t recognize all of the patches via changelogs, if for no other reason than that sometimes new […]

Managing WordPress from the Command Line

Jon Smajda describes how he backs up and upgrades WordPress, and it’s the way I prefer to do it: using Subversion and mysqldump. I think the best part of his post is this sample backup cron script. With a little tweaking it could be used to back up remotely for best protection, in case, for […]

WordPress Vancouver

Phillip Jeffrey has some good photos and links to the presenters from the recent WordCamp Vancouver. More WordCamps are coming up soon, including one in Milan this weekend.

WordPress Fantastico De Luxe Upgrade to 2.5.1

Jeffro2pt0 points out that Fantastico De Luxe, the fairly popular way of installing WordPress and other applications through your site’s control panel, now allows you to upgrade WordPress to 2.5.1. Personally, I prefer to use Subversion to manage my WordPress sites, but that’s not always available on shared hosts.

WordPress Attacks Mapped

Franklin Veaux has diagrammed a network of compromised sites–including the Boston Public Library’s blog–that are geared towards installing viruses. He notes that there has been a surge of attacks recently against compromised WordPress sites, so the lesson is to be sure that you keep your WordPress version up-to-date. Veaux does link to some of these […]