WordPress.org has their newest version 3.1.1 out:
This maintenance and security release fixes almost thirty issues in 3.1, including:
- Some security hardening to media uploads
- Performance improvements
- Fixes for IIS6 support
- Fixes for taxonomy and PATHINFO (/index.php/) permalinks
- Fixes for various query and taxonomy edge cases that caused some plugin compatibility issues
Version 3.1.1 also addresses three security issues discovered by WordPress core developers Jon Cave and Peter Westwood, of our security team. The first hardens CSRF prevention in the media uploader. The second avoids a PHP crash in certain environments when handling devilishly devised links in comments, and the third addresses an XSS flaw.
We suggest you update to 3.1.1 promptly. Download 3.1.1 or update automatically from the Dashboard → Updates menu in your site’s admin area.
Our release haiku:
Only the geeks know
What half this stuff even means
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Why always Plugins, what’s wrong with widgets? Because there isn’t much development with widgets by themselves and many work with plugins. Plugins are geared to do specific tasks only and with the widget for one to use. There is one plain widget which I found very helpful:
Scrollarama is a “Recent Post” type of widget and with a lively, colorful flare to it. You can see it at work on my right sidebar.
Description: Creates a loop of recent posts (up to 10) with images, within selected category, and scrolls through with jQuery effects.
You can change the following settings:
- Title: Widget title
- Category: Category to draw posts from – the list is automatically populated. Make sure the category you want to use exists before you start! You can select any number of categories – use ctrl and/or shift to select more than one
- Number of posts: Number of posts used – if there are fewer posts, that’s fine. It’ll just use the ones in your chosen category
- Slider effect: jQuery Cycle effect to be used. To see a preview of all effects, check out jQuery Cycle Effects Browser
- Timeout: the amount of time each slide will show for, in milliseconds. For example 3000 = 3 seconds
- Transition speed: how long it takes for each transition, again in milliseconds. For example, if you set this to 1000 it will take one second for a post to fade out and the next to fade in
- Width: Add a width here if needed. By default, the widget should fit the sidebar you drop it in to……Learn More
As I go over all the new and featured Plugins available, I am not so impressed. Nothing really jumps out, unless you are really interested in sitemaps, xml files and robots.text. :
Welcome to the first WordPress sitemap plugin that has support for both sitemapindex and Multi-site websites! You will no longer have to worry about the 50,000 URL limit or the time it takes for a sitemap to be generated. This plugin is fast, consumes much fewer resources and can be extended via your very own modules (yes, no hooks needed!). Here’s a demo of the sitemapindex if you are interested.
What’s so great about a sitemapindex you might say? Sitemapindex, as its name suggests, is one kind of sitemaps that allows you to group multiple sitemaps files inside it. Sitemapindex, therefore, gives you many benefits, such as: possibility to bypass the 50,000 URL limit (you can have 10 custom sitemaps, each has 10000 URLs), or possibility to make the generation time much faste…..Read More And more detail here
Here’s a simple Automattic (Exclusive WordPress Team) Plugin for gathering Stats. I have Wassup which is great and my favorite. Try this one and compare, everyone has their own preference. It’s great to be able to choose from two great plugins or again, you can have both and analyze your visitors in order to optimize your WordPress Blog. Here’s the description:
There are hundreds of plugins and services which can provide statistics about your visitors. However I found that even though something like Google Analytics provides an incredible depth of information, it can be overwhelming and doesn’t really highlight what’s most interesting to me as a writer. That’s why Automattic created its own stats system, to focus on just the most popular metrics a blogger wants to track and provide them in a clear and concise interface.
Installing this stats plugin is much like installing Akismet, all you need is to put in your API Key and the rest is automatic.
Once it’s running it’ll begin collecting information about your pageviews, which posts and pages are the most popular, where your traffic is coming from, and what people click on when they leave…..Learn More
Amazon Tools is a plugin that allows you to integrate your WordPress blog with Amazon Web Services.
Amazon Tools is a plugin that allows you to integrate your WordPress blog with Amazon Web Services. Using Amazon Tools you can quickly and easily retrieve product data from Amazon.com and display it on your blog. The plugin also supports integration with Amazon Associates Program, allowing you to earn money by advertising Amazon products. You can use this plugin to do something as simple as building an ad unit that will display products of your choice, or use your blog to review products….Learn More
More information can be found Here
WordPress Themes are much improved now and it worth a look and even a download to test them. Make sure you look at all the features and if they are Child theme friendly. Here you have the newest themes. The Featured themes and the Most Popular.