Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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Which Plugins Do You Want to See Built into WordPress?

Posted: 26 Nov 2008 02:00 AM CST

It seems like every time WordPress gets close to a new release, I praise the WordPress team for integrating popular WordPress plugins into the WordPress software and I get several of the same responses…”If it already exists a WordPress plugin, why waste time installing it into the software?”

Unfortunately, just because a WordPress plugin exists, it doesn’t mean that we aren’t better off having it built into WordPress.  Here are a few reasons:

  • Security Vulnerabilities - Improperly coded WordPress plugins can cause security vulnerabilities.   Now, this can obviously happen with the WordPress software, but it is more likely to be coded correctly or caught and fixed quickly when it is integrated into the WordPress software.
  • Wasting Database Resources - Poorly coded WordPress plugins can waste a lot of database resources.   Unneeded database queries can cause slow loading times, etc.
  • Everyone Has Access - Although we all know about WordPress plugins, I’m sure there are a number of users who don’t understand what they are, how they work, how to install them, etc.  Having it built into WordPress ensures that everyone has access to these features.

It is with this thought process that I always try to use as few WordPress plugins as possible on my websites, and I rejoice every time popular WordPress plugins are built directly into WordPress.

With WordPress 2.7 coming out soon, we’ll be getting a bunch of new plugins built into WordPress.  What plugins would you like to see built into WordPress next?  Keep in mind that the plugin would need to be something that would benefit most (if not all) WordPress users in order to be considered (not situational plugins).

The five I would like to see built into WordPress next:

  1. All-in-One SEO Pack (or at least some parts of it) - This is very basic stuff and everyone who uses WordPress would benefit.
  2. Google XML Sitemaps - This is one of the most popular WordPress plugins and for good reason.  A sitemap.xml file should come standard with any blogging software.
  3. No Self Pings - Why does WordPress send pingbacks internally?  I think this one would be easy to integrate and people would love it.
  4. Popularity Contest - We have recent posts, recent comments, etc.  Who wouldn’t want this as an option on their WordPress theme?
  5. Database Manager - It would be nice if there was a way that you could easily backup and restore your database without the use of a WordPress plugin.

Share your five most wanted in the comments!

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WordPress 2.6.5 Now Available for Download

Posted: 25 Nov 2008 03:00 PM CST

For those of you who have an IP-based virtual server running on Apache 2.x, the WordPress team has recommended that you immediately upgrade to WordPress 2.6.5, or at least upgrade the wp-includes/feed.php and wp-includes/version.php files. 

Other changes mentioned:

2.6.5 contains three other small fixes in addition to the XSS fix. The first prevents accidentally saving post meta information to a revision. The second prevents XML-RPC from fetching incorrect post types. The third adds some user ID sanitization during bulk delete requests. For a list of changed files, consult the full changeset between 2.6.3 and 2.6.5.

Oh, and in case anyone else noticed, it looks like they skipped releasing WordPress 2.6.4 completely.  I assume this is due to the fake WordPress 2.6.4 release, which was released by someone pretending to be the WordPress team and contained a trojan horse virus.   Smart move as this should help avoid confusion.

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