Really Cool Flyout Menu of WordPress 3.3, Space and Time Saver

Really Cool Flyout Menu of WordPress 3.3, Space and Time Saver

WordPress 3.3 has been released and it is having lot many new features. One of them is the flyout menu which is really helpful as you don’t need to open each segment on Dashboard to see content inside that main menu. For example, if you want to edit your theme, you just need to hover your mouse on “Appearance” section and then you can see “Editor” as part of the flyout menu. If you are having lot many WordPress plugins installed on your WordPress setup, you may have lot many options listed under “Settings” panel. And every time you need to do some customization on a plugin, you need to scroll down to find the option under “Settings” panel for that plugin. Now you don’t need to do that. Here is the screenshot of the settings panel with flyout menu from one of my blog setup and you can see how easy it is to find the settings option for installed plugins. Flyout Menu in WordPress 3.3 This new menu style is space saver as you can see all the installed options without scrolling the page (if you are not having lot many plugins with individual tab options). For example, MobilePress, Contact Form 7 etc. in the above...

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WordPress 3.3 – New Feature Pointers on Admin Dashboard

WordPress is getting more features, looks and performance related changes in WordPress version 3.3. Administrator of the WordPress site will see a welcome message with the details about the latest version after upgrading their WordPress setup. For example, once you will upgrade from WordPress 3.2.1 to WordPress 3.3, you will see a welcome message on the dashboard. Another new feature is the “New Feature Pointers”. Whatever new features will come with the new version, a pointer will keep pointing you on that with a small description about the feature itself. For example, on WordPress 3.3 dashboard, you can see a feature pointer (attached below) showing details about the new “Toolbar” where admin bar and old dashboard header are combined as one. You can remove these pointers by clicking the “dismiss” link available one the pointer box. According to the WordPress team, the new feature pointer is, When we add new features, move navigation, or do anything else with the dashboard that might throw you for a loop when you update your WordPress site, we’ll let you know about it with new feature pointers explaining the change. This new pointer feature is helpful for those who are not much familiar with the ongoing development of the WordPress code. They just upgrade the WordPress setup to avoid any security issue. Now they can also see what new features has been added and how they can utilize the feature for their...

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WordPress 3.3 – No more Performance Issue with Category in Permalink

WordPress is having custom permalink feature where you can provide the way you want the permalink on your site. The default one is blog_url/?p=post_id. On the permalink structure page under settings panel, you can choose to have date, post title, category, post_id etc. in the permalink structure. With a small change in .htaccess file, your new permalink structure will be implemented. Having post_id and the post_title in permalink structure is fine but there is some performance problem with category in permalink structure. In WordPress 3.3, development team has rectified the issue and you will not have any problem in having category_slug in the permalink structure of the WordPress site. According to the team, You have more freedom when choosing a post permalink structure. Skip the date information or add a category slug without a performance penalty Actually the rewrite rules were generated inconsistently for the permalink structure of /%category%/%postname%. Now the problem has been solved and after editing the post.php core file, they have achieved the expected result. So from WordPress 3.3 and onwards, you can use Category in the permalink structure without worrying about the performance issue. WordPress 3.3 Release Candidate 3 is available for testing purpose. It is expected that WordPress team will release the final version of WordPress 3.3 in first week of January. There are only 3 open tickets in WordPress 3.3 milestone on Trac as they have closed 581 till...

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Google Webmaster Tools Showing WordPress Update Notification

Google has started notifying webmasters about updating the software platform they are using. For example, if you are using older version of WordPress for your blog then you may receive notification in Google Webmaster Tools message section saying that you should update WordPress to latest available version. This initiative from Google will help webmasters in keeping their backend up to date and secured. Actually the updated version of software comes with security fixes and other enhancements. Features and newly added options are not critical but the security fixes are. That’s why it is really important to keep the updated software platform for your website. This is true for blogs, e-commerce sites and other application based websites or CMS. What I received from Google in Webmaster Tools is as below, Dear site owner or webmaster of http://clickonf5.com/, Your site appears to be running an older version of WordPress. Google recommends that you update to the latest release. Older or unpatched software may be vulnerable to hacking or malware that can hurt your users. To download the latest release, visit the WordPress download page. If you have any additional questions about why you are receiving this message, Google has provided more background information in a blog post about this subject. Best wishes, Google Search Quality Team This message came for one of my other site which is not very active. The above message contains link to WordPress download page and the blog post by Google about this initiative. Here is the screencast of my Google Webmaster Tools where you can see the WordPress Update...

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Upgrade to WordPress 3.1.3, Download WordPress 3.2 beta 2

WordPress team is really working hard to fix the security issues and is also keep an eye on the future release. They have released the security update as version 3.1.3  with few enhancements and also released the beta 2 version of WordPress 3.2. We had reported about the availability of WordPress 3.2 beta 1 and also shared few screenshots of the new admin and features. The most sought feature of WordPress 3.2 is the distraction free full-screen writing panel. Anyways, you can go ahead and download the WordPress 3.2 beta 2 and take a look on new features. If you are having WordPress a blogging platform on a production site, then I would recommend to upgrade that to the latest version. As 3.1.3 is a security fix, it will help you in data protection as well as securing your site admin. WordPress 3.1.3 is having security enhancements, Taxonomy query hardening, media security fixes suggested by Microsoft team, file upload security improvements for not much reliable hosting servers. This version is also doing some clean up work by cleaning up old WordPress import files for which the import didn’t complete successfully. WordPress 3.1.3 is also having “clickjacking” protection to avoid admin credentials revelation to others on modern web browsers. Go ahead and upgrade to WordPress 3.1.3 from auto-upgrade option or download the latest version from this...

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WordPress 3.2 beta 1 with new Admin UI, new Full Screen Editor and Improved Performance

WordPress is getting popular each day and on every update, it is getting new features and options. After few months of WordPress 3.1 release, team has released the first beta of WordPress 3.2 which is having new Admin UI and lot many performance updates. Once we got the copy of first beta of WordPress 3.2, we started testing the new additions and features. Apart from improved performance and speed, here is what you are going to get in WordPress 3.2. New Admin UI with sleek look and design Smooth full screen editor which is 100% distraction free. It works with visual as well as HTML editor as well. You can switch between them by just a single click. New theme named “Twenty Eleven” with cool JavaScript implementation and rich look More control added on Admin bar WordPress team has also raised the minimum requirement for installing the setup on host server. Now it requires PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0 to install WordPress. We recommend best in class hosting servers for your WordPress blog where you can quickly install WordPress and have a peace of mind. HostGator and BlueHost are really good with proper support and easy installation for WordPress. DreamHost is also a reliable hosting solution for WordPress installation and hosting. You can download WordPress 3.2 beta 1 and take a look at new features. It is not recommended to install the beta versions on live sites as you may find some...

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