Category Archives: Tidybloggers

WordPress updated to 3.2.1

WordPress has now been updated to version 3.2.1

Details of the main features can be found at the WordPress Blog entries here and here, but the most obvious being

The focus for this release was making WordPress faster and lighter. The first thing you’ll notice when you log in to 3.2 is a refreshed dashboard design that tightens the typography, design, and code behind the admin. (Rhapsody in Grey?) If you’re starting a new blog, you’ll also appreciate the fully HTML5 new Twenty Eleven theme, fulfilling our plan to replace the default theme every year.

Along with the main upgrade we’ve also updated many of the standard plugins for compatibility with the new WordPress.

Updated WordPress to 3.0.1

We’ve now updated the tidyblogs site to WordPress Version 3.0.1

This is a minimal update to correct a few minor issue discovered since the 3.0 release.

For an overview of the main changes please see the WordPress codex page at

WordPress updated to Version 3.0

We’ve now updated the tidyblogs site to WordPress Version 3.0

For an overview of the main changes please see the WordPress codex page at

WordPress-mu updated to 2.9.2

We’ve updated the wordpress-mu to version 2.9.2

This update is contains a few bug fixes along with a security fix for a problem where deleted posts that were still in the Trash could be viewed if the url could be guessed.

New WordPress Version 2.9.1

We have upgraded this wordpress-mu installation to version 2.9.1.

Along with the usual selection of bug fixes there is a selection of new features, most of which can be found here of which the most interesting are

  1. Global undo/”trash” feature, which means that if you accidentally delete a post or comment you can bring it back from the grave (i.e., the Trash). This also eliminates those annoying “are you sure” messages we used to have on every delete.
  2. Built-in image editor allows you to crop, edit, rotate, flip, and scale your images to show them who’s boss. This is the first wave of our many planned media-handling improvements.
  3. Easier video embeds that allow you to just paste a URL on its own line and have it magically turn it into the proper embed code, with Oembed support for YouTube, Daily Motion,, Flickr, Hulu, Viddler, Qik, Revision3, Scribd, Google Video, Photobucket, PollDaddy, and (and more in the next release).

We also have the following plugins enabled for all sites

  1. Broken Link Checker – Checks your posts for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.
  2. Twitter for WordPress – Displays your public Twitter messages for all to read. Based on Pownce for WordPress by Cavemonkey50.
  3. WordTwit – Posts updates to Twitter about entries automatically. Includes many configuarble options, statistics and more.
  4. WPtouch iPhone Theme – A plugin which formats your site with a mobile theme for the Apple iPhone / iPod touch, Google Android, Palm Pre and other touch-based smartphones.
  5. Cookies for Comments – Sets a cookie that must exist for a comment to be allowed through

Which twitter widget to use we leave for you to choose the one that best suits your theme, not all themes display each of the widgets in quite the same way and some of the available themes have their own twitter widgets.

Outage Notification – 2010/04/04

The machine hosting the tidyblogs site will be rebooted during the afternoon of Sunday 4th April.

The outage should be only be a few minutes but needs to be taken to incorporate security updates.

New Plugins – WPTouch & WordTwit

We’ve added a pair of new plugins to the site.

The first is WPTouch which by default automatically converts your blog into a mobile friendly look if viewed from an iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Palm Pre or Blackberry Storm mobile device.

The second is a companion to the first, WordTwit, which integrates posting of twitter updates when you make a blog post.  It can also provide a widget to display your recent tweets, though this may not look as good as one designed for your particular choice of theme.

System reboot – 2009-11-22

Just to let you know that next Sunday, 22nd November during the afternoon we will be reboot the machine this blog is hosted.

This will allow us to boot with an updated kernel which has a number of security fixes we regard as needed.

The outage should last less than 10 minutes.

Blog Statistics and Google Maps

We’ve obtained a Google Maps API Key which enables the maps in the statistics pages of the blog admin dashboard.

And after correcting a couple of bugs in the stats code to cope with changes in the wordpress code we now have viewable maps.

One point to note as that due to the restrictions on the key use you would need to look at your admin interface via the address in order to see the maps and avoid a google pop-up error.  This is as previously mentioned in our recent posting Domain Mapping

Adjusted Lightbox Plugin

We’ve adjust the lightbox plugin CSS to ensure that the images appear above theme layers.

This was previously a problem on themes like Arclite where the header and menus were above the lightbox images.