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WordPress 2.1.2 Emergency Upgrade Released

Take note if you’re blogging on the WordPress Platform, a cracker has introduced a security exploit into one of the WordPress 2.1.1 download servers at WordPress.org, which could potentially open security holes in your installation.

For the WordPress development team to label this as a “WordPress 2.1.1 Dangerous, Upgrade” hints at the severity of this.

WordPress upgrades can involve some pain, especially if your existing plugins may not be fully compatible with the new code.

As always:

  • Backup your blog content (the most important step)
  • Deactivate your plugins
  • Do the installation
  • Reactivate plugins
  • Ensure that the blog is working as it should
  • Do another data backup

Yes, some of the steps seems repetitive, but it could (more…)

WordPress 2.0.7 PHP Bug Fix

The WordPress development team just announced that an incremental WordPress upgrade version 2.0.7 has been released to patch:

  • A potential PHP issue that might cause a security vulnerability
  • A Feedburner issue related to WordPress 2.0.6.

As always, backup before you upgrade.

For details, visit: WordPress 2.0.7

Recover Lost Blog Traffic with Killer Plugin

Regular readers will know that I’ve switched from my old /post-ID/post-name/ permalink structure to the more SEO-friendly /category/post-name/ permalink structure a few weeks back. (Blog Permalink Structure Optimization and Bringing Hordes of Traffic Over)

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or a SEM) to figure out that http://www.WhoIsAndrewWee.com/blogging/wordpress-optimization is going to be a heck of a lot easier both for humans and search engines, compared to http://www.WhoIsAndrewWee.com/573/wordpress-optimization.

Besides the richer keyword dense URL, your blog visitors will have an idea what category your post falls into, especially if you have a (fairly) tightly-themed blog (I’m doing my best to focus on blogging/affiliate marketing/social traffic generation).

To counter the potential loss of 300+ indexed pages in the search engines, I’d spent quite a significant amount of time on a 301 Redirect page, manually keying in cryptic redirects like:

Redirect /101/exclusive-99-internet-marketing-giveway-including-robert-allen-book/ http://www.whoisandrewwee.com/internet-marketing/exclusive-99-internet-marketing-giveway-including-robert-allen-book/
(And repeating that another 299 times).

But then again, having gone on a roll in the last couple of months, the prospect of losing traffic wasn’t a pleasant prospect.

Providence wasn’t far, however. (more…)

WordPress 2.0.6 Released – Patch Security Bugs

WordPress Development Team member Matt Mullenweg announced that WordPress 2.0.6 has been released. If you do visit his blog at photomatt.com, do note that he’s currently posted photo montages of Shinjuku cosplayers (which will eat up your bandwidth like nobody’s business if you’re still hit by the Taiwan Earthquake bandwidth bottleneck).

Significant in this WordPress release is a patch for a security hole. Though I think the security issue was blown out of proportion (more…)

Blog Permalink Structure Optimization and Bringing Hordes of Traffic Over

I’m don’t go out of my way to do a lot of SEO, though I follow some basics such as having keywords in my URL.

It was a little shocking to find that my blog permalink structure was organized along the lines of /post ID/post title, resulting in URLs like http://www.WhoIsAndrewWee.com/214/meme-update.html.

Having the post ID (the numerical post identifier) has zero SEO value, so I changed it to /post category/post title, so it’d display as http://www.WhoIsAndrewWee.com/traffic-generation/content-based-posting.html.

Assuming your categories are optimized for appropriate keywords, the search engines will send you more targeted traffic.

One important caveat (more…)