WordPress Trash Is Coming

I would like to show you briefly what the new function trash is all about.

Users of Gmail are aware of the possibility in a web application: you move content into the trash and the content will be deleted after a certain time. Alternatively, you can also restore the content, always depending on a defined time frame.

WordPress integrates this function also in WordPress 2.9 for articles and comments. Some screenshots showing the function in articles and comments.

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wp topics – Most Relevant News, Useful Tutorials And Influential Voices of WordPress in One Place!

Today we have a little link tip for our readers: At wp topics you can find all useful news, hacks, tutorials about WordPress in one place right away! It's organized by "General News", "Coding & Tutorials", "Design & Themes", "Entrepreneurs", "Multimedia" and "Automattic Team". In each category are the most relevant and interesting websites about WordPress listed. You can also vote for each website, how much you like their content.


The website looks very organized and it's easy to find what you are looking for. Thanks to Darren Hoyt who build this website! Check it out and we wouldn't mind if you vote for WP Engineer as a good resource, you can find us under Coding & Tutorials. 😉

Caution When Updating To WordPress 2.8

Thanks to Heiko of WordPress Deutschland and Code Styling Project who brought up the problem on WordPress Deutschland:

Users reporting me, that they are missing files, after they automatically updated to WordPress version 2.8 and there were a problem while updating. I checked out the WordPress Trac and found a brand new record, which confirms this: Trac ticket # 10140

What happened and what are the conditions?

On one hand, the upgrade process has to be so far that the files were downloaded and unpacked. If anything goes wrong after these steps (wrong write permissions, etc.), the upgrade process makes a rollback and usually clears the downloaded files without any problems.

So much for theory. The practice shows, however, in exactly this case, because of a bug, previous existing installation files accidentally get deleted too, so the blog will no longer work!

What to do if already happened?

The best thing to do is to upload the old version completely via FTP. If the files are no longer available, you may download the old version from the archives of WordPress.org.
You should also verify if the wp-config.php needs to be adjusted, because this may also be deleted.

What lesson did we learn?

It’s not just a phrase, when we repeatedly emphasize, before you upgrade:

1. Create a current backup of the database
2. Create a current backup of all files on your web server.

As convenient as an automatic update can be, there is always a risk. If the web server is configured properly and is maintained well, there shouldn’t a problem arise. But the most users do not know or want to know if that’s the case. Therefore, the safest way is still to upload the new version via FTP.
Anyone who knows how everything has to be configured, I mean the pros among you, will surely continue to use the automatic upgrade.

What’s next?

This problem will be fixed, according to WordPress Trac entry, with version 2.8.1, and automatic upgrade will work again without any problems. But we think it is very important that the WordPress-Team let the users know about the problem and not just fix it in version 2.8.1 and be quiet about it. It will avoid a lot frustration!

But please don’t forget about your backup again, when you use 2.8.1 or future versions. It’s better “I have” than “if I would have”.

We still hope that you all continue to enjoy WordPress as we do, and we will continue to do our best to contribute you as quickly as possible with new information.

WordPress 2.8 Feature Password

WordPress 2.8 is going to be published soon, even though they do not have a date yet. Nevertheless, another small insight into a new feature. After a new installation of WordPress, you get informed that you are logged in with the default password and this can be a security risk. It is therefore strongly recommended to change the password. The necessary internal links to set a new password are included in this notice.