Recently I have activated options for users to register with TechMynd and I wanted to control maximum features so that users may not spam or do some stuff they should not be doing but I was amazed to see that there are really crucial bugs in the software which are not solved yet. I have tried many many administrative and multiple authors and role management plugins which helped to some extent but missed some points. I even wonder that how WordPress developers yet could not spot these two major bugs.
WordPress version 2.8 is available for download. It was released at June 10th, 2009 and is named after trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker. Let’s first not talk about the bug which I noticed. Instead lets start with what we should do whenever a new version of WordPress appears.
Whenever WordPress latest version appears, it is recommended to upgrade because you might want to keep your files latest so that your blog would be safe from hackers (WP is Open Source – You are looking the cool front end while the hacker is looking the back end because he is a programmer and knows the code in most cases) and you might want to enjoy new features of WordPress. It is necessary to upgrade. Atleast that is what I have learned the hard way. Before you upgrade, take a look at the new features. It can be a minor or major upgrade. In case of minor upgrade it can involve just upgrading some files in WP-admin while for major upgrade the database and all the files are necessary to upgrade.
It is risky and a very long process to upgrade manually; I mean to do it yourself. You can forget some steps in the way and crash everything. I mean do you have really an idea about how to upgrade the database in the right way? Not every blogger does. You need to secure your database, files in uploads directory (if it is named as uploads), themes and plugins before upgrading. I always advise following steps before upgrading:
Plugins are cool. Every WordPress powered blog uses different plugins. They give your blog wings. There are few things you must be aware of before using plugins. What I do, I just test the plugin before I actually use it. All the plugins out there are not trustworthy. Even if any plugin comes by a trusted source, it can have bugs which will make your blogging life a bit complicated. I regularly check plugins, update plugins whenever any update is available and remove the plugin which contain any bug. Here are few popular WPplugins I noticed some bugs in them recently.
Recently Kaspersky, Bit-defender, Face book websites were attacked via XSS and SQL Injections and their databases were exposed. Screen shots about their vulnerability and database tables were posted over internet.
Kaspersky is one of the leading companies in the security and antivirus market. Their website is down right now (9 feb 09, 6:42 pm) as I checked it, which was hacked recently. They are in maintenance mode. It seems as though they are not able to secure their own data bases. The companies who claim to secure our computers are not secure themselves. Seems incredible but unfortunately, its true. Through SQL injection some hackers were able to expose users, activation codes, lists of bugs, admins, shop and many more tables of their database. This is just a security alert though. No loss to customers and company as I suppose because the team involved is saying that their purpose is to alert the big companies about security measures. They have posted all the names of the tables in database though. Now I suppose we will see the new secure Kaspersky website. I have used myself this antivirus for quite a long time and then I had shifted to another one.
For WordPress new release 2.6.2, I updated one of my blog and got my posts exported and then imported into new blog. There one unusual thing I noticed. WP23RP (WP Related Posts Plugin) which I was using and post views plugin did something unusual. Whenever i was going to open my Write new post section It got held and jQuery script went unresponsive while I noticed that there was a loop going on in my Write Panel under Custom Fields Tab. Related posts were populating there which should not be because I was writing a new post, and was not editing any existing post. My server got heavy load and they told me about it. I immediately turned off WP Related posts and Post Views plugins but problem was same. Post views fields were also populating there. I realized that there must be some database problem. I fixed that after a bit of a struggle.
Ever encountered with this WordPress MySQL error? MySQL Server Has Gone Away. And then your blog sidebars will refuse to show posts links, tags, recent posts, recent comments etc. I got this problem over and over again and I thought that I was using heavy plugins and MySQL query was timed out being very long. I searched for some solution but just found this answer that if I will use long query, MySQL server will be timed out and will be gone away. Funny!!! But I was hesitating to use more plugins and actually using limited options and other limits in existing WordPress plugins in my blog.
Internet Explorer has evolved but for developers, they have to still check cross browser compatibility whenever they create a website. Internet explorer gives a tough time among all. Internet explorer has got some funny bugs interesting to read.