Screencast: Install Your Own WordPress Blog

A friend of mine, and fellow Florida Creative, Lawrence Salberg, created this video screencast showing you how to install your own WordPress blog. He does a good job explaining the difference between WordPress.com and the Self-Hosted software available at WordPress.org, and then gets into the nitty gritty of getting the software up and running quickly. Enjoy!

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Better Default Security in WordPress 2.6

WordPress 2.6 will be more secure out-of-the box including better support for running the admin over SSL and changes to disable the remote publishing protocols by default.

We have choosen to disable Atom Publishing Protocol and the variety of XML-RPC protocols by default as they expose a potential to be a security risk.

Peter Westwood, a Lead Developer for WordPress, revealed they are making the default install more secure. This will go a long way to making WordPress more secure. If your security consciousness has the dial tuned closer to the paranoid end of the spectrum, then check out Blog Security’s WordPress Security Whitepaper, which lists out many things you can do to lock down your self-hosted blog, and keep out the baddies.

WordPress 2.5 is Out!

This may be the biggest upgrade to WordPress since the jump from 1.5 to 2.0. There are numerous changes on the front-end and the back-end. The admin panel has probably seen the most radical changes, as it has been completely redesigned from the ground up. And they redesigned wordpress.org to boot! So that’s why it took 6 months for v2.5 to come out… :)

A quick round up of the new features:

  • Multi-File Uploading
  • Upgrade Plugins with a single click
  • Photo Galleries
  • A Dashboard you can Customize
  • Salted Passwords and Encrypted Cookies to increase the security of the project
  • A Media Library of all your uploaded assets
  • A WYSIWYG that doesn’t mess up your code (zomg!)
  • Protection against Concurrent Post Editing
  • Writing in Full Screen Mode
  • And a search engine that covers both posts AND pages (long the domain of a plugin)

You can read all about it in the official announcement.

PayPerPost Bloggers Losing Pagerank

TechCrunch reports:

If participating in PayPerPost wasn’t questionable enough morally before, today it’s now a poisoned chalice as Google has commenced punishing PayPerPost bloggers by completely removing their page rank.

This story hits close to home, both as a blogger – and as an Orlando resident – where PayPerPost is HQ’d. I’ve never really seen the benefit – except to advertisers – to use any good will and influence I’ve built up on my sites to push products on my audience that I didn’t believe in. And while IZEA, the company behind PPP and other Social Media Marketing efforts tries to balance their commercial interests with social awareness, Google’s move against them was warranted, in my opinion.