Updated wordpress using subversion

Ohh the joys of subversion, I’ve just updated my wordpress blog from version 2.3.2 to version 2.3.3 to address a security issue. I’m really glad I converted my wordpress installation last month to use subversion.

All I had to do was ssh into my account and type:

svn sw http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/tags/2.3.3/

It then updated the following files:

U  wp-includes/gettext.php
U  wp-includes/version.php
U  wp-includes/pluggable.php
U  xmlrpc.php
U  wp-admin/install-helper.php
Updated to revision 6736.

Job done, lunch time for me :)

Google Analytics Plugin

I’ve just installed the Google Analytics Plugin which allows you to track visits to your website for free, with the proviso that you have to create an account first of course. You can find out more about it at the google page here and sign up for free here.

Just updated WordPress and plugins

I spent a good few hours last week updating my website from WordPress 2.1 to WordPress 2.3.1, the only bad thing about that, was that a fair number of my plugins were either out of date or no longer in active development. Here’s a list of some of the software that I upgraded.

  1. Lazyest Gallery is no longer being developed (basically left to die a death) so I decided on NextGen Gallery
  2. I upgraded Google XML site generator from 2.7.1 to 3.7.1 with no problems.
  3. I moved from WP lightbox 2 version 0.6.3 to Lightbox 2 WP plugin version 1.7 because the WP lightbox 2 plugin stopped working after I upgraded WordPress to version 2.3.1
  4. I’ve decided to disable Lightbox 2 WP plugin and give Shutter Reloaded a test run instead, the main selling point with this plugin is that I won’t have to go through all my posts and add the “rel=lightbox” html tag to all the images to get the lightbox plugin to work. Might switch back at some point if a problem arises, never say never

I’ll probably spend a little more time this week moving photos around on the website, and maybe tidying up the way it looks, hey maybe even a new theme :)

Updated from Sociable 2.0 to Share This 1.4

I’ve just updated my social bookmark plugin from “Sociable 2.0″ to “Share This 1.4″, why? well I think it just looks nicer, more compact, just the one icon instead of numerous icons.  See the Share This icon below.

From:

Sociable 2.0 Automatically add links on your posts to popular social bookmarking sites. Go to Options -> Sociable for setup. By Peter Harkins.

To:

Share This 1.4 Let your visitors share a post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking sites. Thanks to Thomas McMahon for footwork on the URLs. Questions on configuration, etc.? Make sure to read the README. By Alex King.

I especially like the ability to e-mail a link to a friend, I’ve just tested it for myself, and it seems to work quite nicely. :)

Updating WP-lightbox2 from 0.3 to 0.6.2

I’ve just updated WP-lightbox 2 from version 0.3 to version 0.6.2, heres some simple instructions on how to do just that.

  1. Download the updated plugin from the authors webite.
  2. Disable the plugin (see Fig: 2) in the WordPress Plugins control panel.
  3. Delete the directory wp-lightbox2 from the directory /wp-content/plugins/
  4. Unzip the wp-lightbox2.zip file that you downloaded in step 1, and copy the directory to the /wp-contents/plugins/ directory of you WordPress installation. See example below.

Fig: 1
Windows XP FTP Example

All you need to do now, is enable your new wp-lighbox2 plugin in the plugins section of your wordpress manager. It should now say that it is version 0.6.2 like the picture below (Fig: 2):

Fig: 2
wp-lightbox2 version 0.6.2 plugin picture

Howto – Blog using a Microsoft Word 2003 file

Since I use XP during my working day, I’ve found that most of the times, when I need to write a document it’s using Microsoft Word 2003. Now although Word is fine if the person your trying to communicate with is using word. Sometimes you need create an HTML document for on-line purposes, for example a blog. Here are some instructions on how to do just that!

Some caveats:

  1. Tables, basic formatting, and images are preserved as simple HTML.
  2. This requires .NET 2.0; which can be downloaded from the Microsoft Website here.

The HTML that word created is frankly, just plain bad, so what I usually do is:

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