WordPress 2.2.1 upgrade sucks eggs

Screenshot of Deans FCKEditor

WordPress 2.2.1 may be “required” – but on every install, I wasn’t getting the visual text editor, TinyMCE to display. After uploading, re-uploading, clearing cache, shutting off the “use visual editor”- turning off and on plugins- I finally gave up and loaded Dean’s FCKEditor– which gives you all kinds of cool tools that aren’t easily available in TinyMCE. (See picture above).

I’ve been through a ton of WordPress upgrades- and most have been painless. This has not.

After spending 6 hours -I was able to update 4 installs successfully with TinyMCE – but gave up on the fifth and went with Dean’s solution.

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WordPress 2.1.3 and 2.0.10 released

No new features mentioned, but new security issues fixed.

With the new development schedule, we’re still looking about 6 weeks to the next “version”. The developers also assure us that the servers are now secure- and that we don’t have to worry about someone hacking the download again.

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We have a security update release now available for both the 2.1 and 2.0 branches of WordPress now available for immediate download. This update is highly recommend for all users of both branches.

These releases include fixes for several publicly known minor XSS issues, one major XML-RPC issue, and a proactive full sweep of the WordPress codebase to protect against future problems.

And the best reason to updgrade 2.1.3- especially if you are getting the error message “could not execute ajax call server didn’t return valid xml”  when you try to use your WordPress 2.1.1 or 2.1.2 spellcheck- or Firefox 2.0 spell check- 2.1.3 allows the return of your Firefox 2.0 spell check.

Something happened in 2.1.1 and .1.2 that broke the spell check on some servers- 2.1.3 fixes it.

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WordPress 2.1 – extra tools for your editor

A client asked what happened to the undo button in WordPress 2.1- I thought it disapeared with the autosave- but with a little help from Google- I found an “Easter egg” function in WordPress.

WordPress 2.1 – More Editor Options » Solo Technology
Recently upgraded to WordPress 2.1 and pondering the WYSIWYG editor? Did you know there are more options there than what you first see? Me neither! But, thanks to “codeispoetry” in this support thread, I do now.

Go from this:

Basic TinyMCE editor for WordPress

Basic toolbars

to this:

The “Advanced” version of the WordPress visual text editor

Advanced toolbar

PC users just hit alt-shift-v (Firefox) or alt-v (IE) to toggle it. Mac users– use cntrl-v (Firefox)

(Not seeing either of those? Visit Users → Your Profile and make sure that “Use the visual editor when writing” is checked. Still having problems? Visit the WordPress support forums.)

Pasting from word processors just became a whole lot easier. Two of the new buttons are “Paste as Plain Text” and “Paste from Word.” Nice for those who use such things. I like the custom character thing too. Now I can easily add ∞ whenever I need it…

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