WordPress 3.1.4 (and 3.2 Release Candidate 3)

WordPress 3.1.4 is available now and is a maintenance and security update for all previous versions.

This release fixes an issue that could allow a malicious Editor-level user to gain further access to the site. Thanks K. Gudinavicius of SEC Consult for bringing this to our attention. Version 3.1.4 also incorporates several other security fixes and hardening measures thanks to the work of WordPress developers Alexander Concha and Jon Cave of our security team. Consult the change log for more details.

Download WordPress 3.1.4 or update immediately from the Dashboard → Updates menu in your site’s admin area.

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WordPress Camps – June 2011

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June 4–5: WordCamp Reno-Lake Tahoe in Reno, NV. Organized by a WordPress core UI group contributor, WordCamp Reno-Lake Tahoe is taking place in Reno and has a packed schedule full of visiting experts.

June 11–12: WordCamp Kansas City in Overland Park, KS. With publisher, designer, and developer tracks, Kansas City’s WordCamp will have a little something for everyone, presented in large part by local speakers.

June 17–19: WordCamp Columbus in Columbus, OH. WordCamp Columbus has a new organizer this year and is bringing the focus more firmly onto WordPress (and less on social media). Their 3-day event includes an entire day for newbies, and another for non-profits, a nice addition to the usual blogger/developer tracks.

July 9–10: WordCamp Montreal in Montreal, Quebec. This group consistently puts on a great every year. If you register now, you can still get a $10 discount and get both days for only $30 (with sessions in both English and French to reflect the bilingual nature of the city). Montreal plays host to a number of festivals throughout the year, and this weekend is no different, including festivals for the arts, comedy, tango, and even circus arts.

July 16: WordCamp San Diego in San Diego, CA. First WordCamp in San Diego! They have talking about this for over a year, and are now starting to really ramp up the planning. They’re finalizing their venue right now, and I would expect a great roster of speakers.

July 16-17: WordCamp Portsmouth in Portsmouth, UK. The annual WordCamp UK that moves from city to city each year alights this year in Portsmouth. This one is notable because Mike Little, co-founder of WordPress, is part of the organizing team.

July 23–24: WordCamp Boston in Boston, MA. Another one just about to lock down some details and get starting with speaker selection, etc. An easy train ride from so many places, and not in the middle of winter this year!

July 30-31: WordCamp Chicago has new organizers and is a new venue this year. A call for speakers, supporters, and volunteers will likely be posted sometime next week.

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WordPress 3.1.2 Update

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WordPress 3.1.2 is now available and is a security release for all previous WordPress versions.

This release addresses a vulnerability that allowed Contributor-level users to improperly publish posts.

The issue was discovered by a member of our security team, WordPress developer Andrew Nacin, with Benjamin Balter.

We suggest you update to 3.1.2 promptly, especially if you allow users to register as contributors or if you have untrusted users. This release also fixes a few bugs that missed the boat for version 3.1.1.

Download 3.1.2 or update automatically from the Dashboard → Updates menu in your site’s admin area.

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Wine Blogging Sites and Sounds

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There are many ways to build a strong audience but one of the best is having a strong technical skill. In this case, it is Wine and Vinticulture.

From Seattle Times:

With so much information about wine swirling around the choppy seas of the Web, it’s good to get down to sites and blogs that consistently offer wisdom, usually with some wit. Among the choices that wine adviser Paul Gregutt recommends are: Winebusiness.com, 1winedude.com and Wawinereport.com.

They have a good discussion on the wherefore of Wine Blogging.

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Writing Compelling Posts – Image Goodness

It can be really tough sometimes coming up with content for your blog, but sometimes it isn’t. If you are stuck, then here is a post about lists. However if you are like me, sometimes you just have something to say and you want to say it. That being said, there are some tips to making posts compelling, even if it is about a stitch that you have just learn’t.

I am a big one for images in your post. I invariably have an image at the start to draw the reader into the post. Coupled with the headline, it should be enough to start the reader down the path. My favorite image repository is Flickr. Flickr is super blog friendly. They explictly support Creative Commons License which means you don’t have to look over your shoulder for pouncing lawyers to make your blog look really good.

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