Download WordPress 3.3 “Sonny” – Yeah! It is finally here

It is finally here, WordPress 3.3 code named “Sonny” (named after the jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt) stable is ready for download now.

In this new version of the most famous content management system (CMS) you’ll find many changes, like a new user experience, navigation, uploading, and imports.

What’s new for users:

Long gone are the days of using several clicks and navigate through different places to upload your media (images, videos, and audio tracks), now there is a new drag-and-drop uploader that makes much easier to upload any type of media supported. Before, you needed to click each item menu to expand its content, going forward you can just hover the menus and the items will then display. There is a new toolbar, the admin bar and the old Dashboard header have been combined into one persistent toolbar. A new improved co-editing support is in place with WordPress 3.3, now it is much easier to really see and get alerted if someone else is editing a specific post right at that moment. Finally another major addition was the Tumblr importer.

The WordPress team has been also working hard on improving the experience for those users that are just starting with the software. WP version 3.3 has a new welcome message for first-time users, it also comes with a new and improved pointer tips that highlights new features on each new release, and a new redesigned help tab that will make much easier to find solution to issues that may occur. Lastly, WordPress 3.3 brings improvements in the Dashboard for iPad users and other tablets with better touch support.

What’s new for developers:

Besides that all the new user experience can be enjoyed by developers as well, in this latest release there is a new editor API ready to be explored, new jQuery version, an improved method for hooking into the help screen, and more performance post-slug-only. If you are interested on getting to know more about the new changes and additions, check out the Codex and in Trac.

As always you can get this new update by going to your site’s Dashboard and to WordPress 3.3 on the yellow banner or you can use the link below to download the files and do a manual update.

Explore what’s new in WordPress 3.3

Watch the short video to see all the new improvement and changes in WordPress version 3.3.

Things to consider:

There are a few things you should consider to do before proceeding to update your site: First, give the new the release a couple of days before updating, as much a this is a stable version it is a good idea to wait and see if other users are having any trouble updating or if there is a new bug that require to be fixed right away.

Second, make sure that all the plugins you have installed in your site are compatible with WordPress 3.3. This means that you should make sure that all plugins are in their latest version. If you have doubts about one of your plugins, email the author or leave a comment in their forum asking if the plugin works fine in the latest version of WP.

And third, backup, backup, backup, before updating have a full-backup in place; this means having a copy of all your installation folder and uploaded media, plus the database backup. The last thing you need is to ruin years of work — you should also check http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Backups for more information.

Download WordPress 3.3 Release Candidate 2 (RC2)

The excitement is building up and we are getting closer and closer to the final release. Now WordPress 3.3 RC2 (Release Candidate 2) has been released and it is ready for download, just days after the announcement of the Release Candidate 1.

So, what is new in this latest release of WordPress 3.3. The WP team in the build made sure that the new toolbar works the same in all web browsers, and also they finalized the API for developers. If you would like to know all the bug details, you can check the complete list of change here.

The WordPress team is going like an old LP record playing over and over — don’t give me wrong, pushing is the only way to get things done –, and advancing plugin and theme authors to test every their work now. They also published some interesting posts about everything you need to know to be prepared for WordPress 3.3.

As we are getting closer to the final stretch of the road, all features meant for this release are done, most bugs has been worked out, but this still doesn’t mean that you can install WordPress 3.3 in a live environment. You should only use this release in a test lab and to get to know all that is coming.

If you are testing WordPress 3.3 Release Candidate 2 and if you are having some problems, discuss them with us, but you should also post it in Alpha/Beta area in the support forums, report it to the wp-testers mailing list. Join the development IRC channel and tell us live at irc.freenode.net #wordpress-dev, and File a bug ticket on the WordPress Trac.

How to install a theme in WordPress [Step-by-Step]

You already learned how to install WordPress using the graphical user interface, now in this Set WordPress tutorial you’ll learn how to make your new website look better! Of course that you can always choose something different when you visit the wordpress.org/extend/themes, there you’ll be able to find hundreds if not thousands of great free themes.

There are two ways in which you can change the look of your website: the first one will be downloading the theme files — typically will be packed in a ZIP file format, so do not forget to decompress the files — and then upload the folder with all the files to your WordPress site in the folder wp-content/themes, or you can do it the easier way by using the WordPress automatic theme installer.

To automatically install a theme follow these easy steps:

1. Visit your website and login to the Dashboard (e.g. www.your-site.com/wp-admin), then navigate to the Appearance and select Themes.

Theme WordPress Appearance

2. On the Themes screen, you will see two tabs, Manage Themes and Install Themes. In the Manage Themes, you can see all the available themes that are already installed. By navigating through the Install Themes tab, you can search for new themes by name or by using the filters (color, number of columns, theme options and much more).

Install Theme WordPress

3. Once you click the Find Themes button, you’ll get a list with all the results, each theme in the result will have a thumbnail, a link to Preview, a short description, a Details link, and the Install link.

Previe Themes WordPress

4. When you have decided which theme you like, you can proceed by clicking the Install link and in the pop-up just click Install Now.

Install Now - Theme WordPress

5. After the theme has been installed, it will show up under Appearance > Themes > Manage Themes. Clicking the thumbnail will give you a preview of theme, but now with your site. If you are OK with it, you can just click Activate to set the new theme to your website.

Manage Themes - WordPress Tab

6. Finally open a new tab in your web browser a check your new site design.

Note: If you are uploading the files manually instead of adding a new WordPress them automatically, after the upload of the theme files has being completed, you have to also follow steps 5 and 6 to finish setting the new theme.

How to modify a wp-config.php configuration file for WordPress

In this Set WordPress How-To article you are going to learn the steps necessary to manually modify a WordPress configuration (wp-config.php) file.

There are going to be times where you are not going to trust the web-based installer to create your website or if you need some sort of additional configurations options. For these cases you can manually modify the WordPress configuration file.

The process: getting and modifying the wp-config

1. Download the WordPress installation files from WordPress.org. Open the zip file and extra the wp-config-sample.php file and rename it to wp-config.php, then open it with a text editor — you can also use Notepad++, this is a great free software that supports syntax highlight –. This sample file (template) contains all the components necessary and the instructions to create a configuration file.

Among other things you can fill out database name, username, password and host name.

This is a complete example of the wp-config-sample.php file:

wp-config-sample.php file

The file is almost self-explanatory, but there are parts where you may have some trouble and here is how you can deal with it:

In case your host provider gave you a port number with a host name, you should include the port number with colon next to the host name, like this: define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost:8977’);

If you are limited to use one database for all your WordPress installation, it would be a good idea to change the default table prefix from wp_, in the line $table_prefix  = ‘wp_’; to something else, this could be anything, but keep it complicated and short like ertd_; also this is also good for security reasons.

If you need to change the language you will need to edit the define(‘WPLANG’, ”); line, but you’re going to also need to download the corresponding language files — you can find the complete list of all the languages supported by WordPress and the guide to how to complete this task at http://codex.wordpress.org/installing_wordpress_in_your_language.

Once you have finished filling out all the setting required, save and upload the file to hosting service and that’s it.

WordPress 3.3 Beta 3 is available now [Download]

We are getting closer to the final release of WordPress 3.3. Today Beta 3 has been released and is ready for you to download, play, test, and report any bug that you may find.

To have an idea WordPress 3.3 Beta 3 has about 200 changes since Beta 2 that came out a few weeks ago. Like the WordPress team reports, no more features are going to be added beyond this point –now it is all about getting rid off bugs to have a fully functional version.

Once again plugin and theme developers are encouraged to test your work in this WordPress 3.3 Beta 3 release, that way if something isn’t working right, you can fix bugs before the final release is out.

It is also important if you are a developer to test your plugin that uses jQuery, because now the WordPress team has updated to jQuery 1.7 at the core.

If you are testing WordPress 3.3 beta 2 and if you are having some problems, discuss them with us, but you should also post it in Alpha/Beta area in the support forums, report it to the wp-testers mailing list. Join thedevelopment IRC channel and tell us live at irc.freenode.net #wordpress-dev, and File a bug ticket on the WordPress Trac.

Download WordPress 3.3 beta 2 right now and keep testing!

WordPress 3.3 beta 2 has been released and ready for download. Of course, this is not a release that you can install in your live website, but you can still test in a lab environment and get a sneak peek of what is coming. This is also a great opportunity for developers to test their plugins and themes and make sure that they are compatible with version 3.3 by the time is release.

As you may know by now, WordPress 3.3 adds a new media uploader, and improved admin bar, and fancy fly-out menus in the Dashboard — check our previous post to learn more.

Here are the changes for beta 2 since beta 1:

  • Updated the Blue theme
  • Fixed IE7 and RTL support
  • Improved contextual help styling
  • Tweaked the admin bar a little more
  • Improved fly-out menu styling and fixed several glitches
  • Landed the dashboard Welcome box for new installs
  • Finished the Pointers implementation
  • Fixed a bunch of bugs

If you are testing WordPress 3.3 beta 2 and if you are having some problems, discuss them with us, but you should also post it in Alpha/Beta area in the support forums, report it to the wp-testers mailing list. Join thedevelopment IRC channel and tell us live at irc.freenode.net #wordpress-dev, and File a bug ticket on the WordPress Trac.

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WP Security Scan for WordPress [Security plugin]

Do you know if your WordPress site is secure? Do you follow all the best practices security guide lines to protect your website? Thanks to WP Security Scan there is an easy way to know the answers to these questions, and keep your website secure.

WP Security Scan is, of course, a WordPress plugin that scans your site for security vulnerabilities and it suggest methods in which your can remedy the situation.

This plugin was created by WebsiteDefender, which is an online security service that helps to keep on watch sites from vulnerabilities and suspicious hacker activity. Not only they provide a great plugin, but also if you register online (Free) to get more advanced features, they can protect you from hacker activity by auditing and monitoring the security of your website, and offering you simplified solutions to stay up and running all the time, avoiding getting blacklisted by Google, audit your website for security holes, detect Malware and more.

Plugin features

WP Security Scan can suggest correcting all the following:

  • File permissions
  • Database security
  • Passwords
  • WordPress admin protection/security
  • Version hiding
  • Removes WP Generator META tag from core code

System requirements

  • WordPress 3.0 and later
  • PHP5 and later

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