WordPress.Org has the latest version(3.1.2) in case you are interested. Also, if you click on the “Blog” link above and just scroll down a little, you will be able to read about the features they are developing for the next version:
- Performance improvements like you wouldn’t believe. What’s that mean? Things are faster!
- Distraction-free Writing. The visual editor’s full-screen composing experience has gotten a major overhaul, and is now available from HTML mode, too. More than ever, WordPress allows you to focus on what matters most — your content.
- Admin UI Refresh. The last major redesign of the WordPress admin was in 2008. This isn’t a major redesign, just a little facelift to keep us feeling young. WordPress turns 8 later this month, you know.
- New Default Theme. Introducing Twenty Eleven, based on the popular Duster theme. Rotating header images, post format support, and more.
- Browse Happy. WordPress is made to work with modern browsers. If you visit your Dashboard using an outdated web browser, we’ll let you know there’s a newer version available.
- Admin Bar. We’ve added more links to the admin bar to make it even more useful……Learn More
Update: Twenty Eleven is here.
Here are some Plugins that are necessary to look into and I feel very essential:
Backing up your database (WP-DB-Backup):
- Click the Tools or Manage menu in your WordPress admin area.
- Click the Backup sub-menu.
- The plugin will look for other tables in the same database. You may elect to include other tables in the backup. ** NOTE ** Including other tables in your backup may substantially increase the size of the backup file! This may prevent you from emailing the backup file because it’s too big.
- Select how you’d like the backup to be delivered:
* Save to server : this will create a file in /wp-content/backup-*/ for you to retreive later * Download to your computer : this will send the backup file to your browser to be downloaded * Email : this will email the backup file to the address you specify
- Click “Backup!” and your database backup will be delivered to you…..Learn more
And here you have many more backup plugins.
The WordPress Blog has also announced several improvements to the Dashboard and added features to write a post with a new look to the post-editor and more, “Just Write”:
Writers are as different as the stories they produce, and their ideal writing environments vary no less. One thing most writers agree on, though, is that one of the toughest challenges is overcoming distraction. At WordPress we’ve always believed that when you’re using the application, the focus should be on what’s most important — your content. In the spirit of making things faster and simpler, today we are introducing a couple of changes to your dashboard that will make it easier for you to just write.
A Fresher, Faster Dashboard
The most noticeable change is that the dashboard looks a little different. Nothing drastic, just a little facelift intended to make managing your content easier. Moving the left menu up means more room if you tend to keep a couple of sections open at the same time. Fiddling with the font sizes in the header also created more vertical space, so you can make your writing window/post box bigger on the editing screens (you can drag the lower right corner if you use the Visual editor, and/or change the default height of the writing window in Settings → Writing). We’ve also replaced the icons in the Visual Editor toolbar with new ones designed by Ben Dunkle, the same person who designed the navigation icons for the dashboard, that we think are less distracting and fit better. You’ll also be saying goodbye to the “New Post” button that used to live in the header. We’ve added an “Add New” menu to the admin bar instead, for faster, easier content creation. Oh, I almost forgot — we’ve made a number of performance improvements to make everything in the Dashboard run just a little bit faster. Yay!
With this update, WordPress has discontinued support for Internet Explorer 6. It has required increasingly complex code trickery to make the WordPress dashboard work in the IE6 browser, which was introduced 10 years ago and does not support current web standards……Learn More
One of the most important advice to give anyone with a Blog is to find as many different ways to exchange links with other Blogs and/or Websites. This could be difficult at times because it has to be a mutual agreement and/or understanding between the link exchangers. But there are several other ways in which, by placing a link of another Blog and/or website in your post could benefit both involved for future exposure. Search engines look for this in determining your rankings, so find a way to expose your WordPress Blog with links. Linking can help attract traffic towards you but most importantly, can help another Blog and/or Website bring you 10 times more traffic and help you gain more respect from fellow Blog owners. This will trickle down to many more followers to your particular Blog. Here are the results of my findings.
But first let’s learn a little about WordPress “Pingbacks” and how they effect your WordPress Blog and compared to “Trackbacks.” Learn more about the basics here. These two Plugins will help you further with analyzing your Trackbacks and Pingbacks:
Simple-Trackback Back Validation:
Simple Trackback Validation Plugin performs a simple but very effective test on all incoming trackbacks in order to stop trackback spam.
How it works:
When a trackback is received, this plugin
- checks if the IP address of the trackback sender is equal to the IP address of the webserver the trackback URL is referring to. This reveals almost every spam trackback (more than 99%) since spammers do usually use bots which are not running on the machine of their customers.
- retrieves the web page located at the URL included in the trackback. If the page doesn’t a link to your blog, the trackback is considered to be spam. Since most trackback spammers do not set up custom web pages linking to the blogs they attack…..Learn more
Scans post for links, checks if they are pingeable and sends pingbacks with results returned, improves chances of successful pings!
Pingchecker is a free plugin for WordPress that allows you to scan your post’s content for links, check the pingability of those resources you’ve linked to, and manually ping those pages. This improves upon the inbuilt functionality of WordPress by allowing you to receive the results of your attempted pings whereas WordPress doesn’t. (With WordPress your ping either appears in the trackback list or it doesn’t, with no explanation or error codes.)
Also included is a workaround for a bug in the WordPress XML RPC server that prevents many of your pingbacks from succeeding without you even knowing about it! When you ping another blogs server, it will check the page you….Learn More
Linking and Link Exchanging:
I downloaded the “Link Library” Plugin and found it to be too complicated. If you go to the “Links“ link in the main menu, you will see where I left off. There’s much more to tweak but I gave up and left it as is. Here’s more on this plugin:
The purpose of this plugin is to add the ability to output a list of link categories and a complete list of links with notes and descriptions.
This plugin is used to be able to create a page on your web site that will contain a list of all of the link categories that you have defined inside of the Links section of the WordPress administration, along with all links defined in these categories. The user can select a sub-set of categories to be displayed or not displayed. Link Library also offers a mode where only one category is shown at a time, using AJAX or HTML Get queries to load other categories based on user input. It can display a search box and find results based on queries. It can also display a form to accept user submissions and allow the site administrator to moderate them before listing the new entries. Finally, it can generate an RSS feed for your link collection so that people can be aware of additions to your link library…..Learn More
I’m sorry to say but there are no more plugins that can help you in this field. Not to mention, DO NOT even get involved with Link Exchange and especially “Blog Exchange” software programs. There are some very good ones out there and could possibly have an effective built-in system in reaching more readers with better page ranks but they charge too much money. Not to mention, there is no real evidence or any sort of documentation, to prove if they help any Blog and/or Website owners with attracting more visitors.
Look around and let me know if there are any available please that are free. Think about it very hard, when searching the web and evaluating any Link Exchange systems/services. I know these systems may provide valuable information and with administration panels and so on. They’ll have analytical tools concerning any activity or changes to your links also but you will be spending large amounts of money before completely finding out if it really works and then, it is too late. Most of these providers are just scam artists.
“Backlinks” is not as helpful either. Paying someone to post a comment linking to your Blog or Website is too phoney and will end out as spam. A genuine comment that deals specifically about the post itself could only be made by you and nobody else. Spend time reading other Blogs that interest you and place your comment there and with the intention of helping the Blogger who took the time off to share his thoughts with you. Be genuine, help others and in turn you will expose yourself. “What goes around comes around.”