WordPress 3.0 naht, multi-Blogging auch…

Auf einer Testinstallation – nein ich verrate hier noch nicht wo und für welche Seite 😉 – habe ich die Beta 2 von WordPress 3.0 bereits am laufen. Und ich muss sagen, die neuen Menüs gefallen mir sehr – meine Erwartungen waren nicht zu hoch. Doch einige Wünsche hätte ich da schon noch, zum Beispiel, dass man einfacher einen Kategorie-Baum in die Navigation einbauen kann. In der aktuellen Version kann ich zwar sehr schön einzelne (und somit manuell auch alle) Kategorien an beliebigen Stellen im Menü platzieren. Aber eben, nicht den ganzen Kategoriebaum.

Bald: Multi-Blogging mit der WordPress Standardinstallation

Ein anderes Feature, das ich noch nicht ausprobiert habe, wurde mit dem richtigen Timing für mich nun im deutschsprachigen WordPress Blog genauer beschrieben: Die Multi-Blog Funktion.

Sie ist sehr einfach zu aktivieren, indem man einfach in der wp-config.php Datei die Konstante WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE definiert und auf true setzt:

define('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true);

Danach erhält man im Administrationsbereich seiner WordPress-Installation einen neuen Menüpunkt ‘Blog-Netzwerk’ (engl.: network) unter Werkzeuge (engl.: Tools). Dort legt man den Administrator des Netzwerkes fest und benennt dieses, worauf man von WordPress automatisch Code-Angaben erhält, die man in die .htaccess Datei einfügen soll. Diese Codes sind nötig, um die URLs der verschiedenen Blogs zu dirigieren. Man legt damit also fest, ob die Blogs in verschiedenen Verzeichnissen oder Subdomains geschaltet werden.

Wurde auch die .htaccess Datei entsprechend ergänzt, so sollte man einen komplett neuen Menübereich Blog-Netzwerk sehen. Dieser dient zur eigentlichen Verwaltung der verschiedenen Blogs und deren Betreiber. Ich werde dies in den kommenden Wochen ausprobieren, um herauszufinden, was mit meinen beiden Webprovidern Metanet und Cyon hinsichtlich Blogs in verschiedenen Subdomains und Verzeichnissen möglich ist.

Ich kann mir auf diesem Weg gut eine Plattform für verschiedene, getrennte Photoblogging Projekte vorstellen, aber warten wir erst mal ab…

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Finding a solution for WordPress’ “Missing Schedule” error

Update: Solution found, as described here.

I’ve had issues with WordPress’ scheduler for post since it arrised and am still searching for solution for some of my sites. The problem is known since WordPress Version 2.7, where handling of scheduled post was implemented differently.

Interestingly, it seems that not all suggested fixes are working in all cases. E.g. on one site replacing the cron.php and wp-cron.php files worked fine, whilest for another this does not. So I decided to at least write about my search here, in the hope I can lead some others to solutions. But in general, I would appreciate much more if the core team of WordPress would address the issues (now after almost 4 versions of it’s existance) or write about it and it’s origins.

As a Background: I do have some experience in programmig PHP applications, but I’m not a server administrator and therefore reach my limits when this issue  touches questions about server settings, PHP configuration etc.

The situation:

I have sites on various servers and see different situations on two hosting providers: One where scheduling of wordpress posts works just fine and one where it’s a real issue.

Suggested workarounds:

  • Replace your WordPress cron-job files (reponsible for timed processes) with old versions from WordPress 2.5.6:
    Download WordPress 2.6.5 and replace the files wp-cron.php and /wp-includes/cron.php with the old versions.
    I have one installation where that worked fine and solved the issue. On another one, hosted on a different machine, but with the same provider, this does not solve it.
    Read about this method here.
  • Deactivate HTTP Transport methods using the 123 HTTP Transport plug-in:
    Interesting approch, as from WordPress version 2.7 onwards, multiple ways to trigger the scheduling tasks are tried. This plug-in allows you to deactivate those in use on your hosting account/WP installation combination.
    On the more problematic site I ovserved an interesting behaviour of this plug-in: Scheduled posts first showed as missing and approximately a minute later they went online. This happened without deactivating certain methods in the plug-in settings.
    Furthermore, I also observed that the plug-in ‘rescued’ previously stuck posts that did not go online as scheduled.
  • Another method I’ve not tried, yet, is suggested by the user fernandot on the WordPress support forum here.
  • And a last approach I read about suggests to add the following setting to your wordpress wp-config.php file: define(‘ALTERNATE_WP_CRON’, true);
    More about it can be found here.
    UPDATE: In the one difficult case this last approach worked. In the hoster’s specific case, PHP runs as a FastCGI application and as a FTP user. This workaround seems to solve it, though I would prefer to have other options at hand.

Ok, so much for now. As soon as I learn more about it, I’ll be updating this post (just done so, see above). But again, I wish the WordPress people, who’s work I highly appreciate, would address the issues or provide some explanations and information.

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WordPress: Various cool new things

Well, you probably know, I love WordPress and am working with it both, professionally as well as just for my own fun – like right here.

So for now, just some things I like that I came across recently:

The merge towards a multi-user installation:

WordPress version 3 is coming soon and it seems to go towards multi-user, multi installation. The standard WordPress installation, as used on this blog, will be merged with the WordPress MU (multi user) edition. More on the current state here. That’s pretty cool and I’m actually thinking of several projects that I could dig into….

An easier way to generate and manage menues:

Up until now, menues needed a plug-in, a specific theme or some hand coding. As also mentioned in the wordpress blogpost linked above, WordPress 3 will get he awesome menue handling capability developed by the guys behind the Woo themes. Cool, thanks, can’t wait to use it, when WordPress 3 comes out in early May 2010.

Create a social network based on WordPress?

I stumbled on BuddyPress and am curious to try it out too. Suposively, it allows us to set up a social network based on a WordPress installation. If I just had more time….. 😉

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WordPress 2.9, nun mit Papierkorb, Bild-Editor und mehr

Achtung/Update: Aufgrund eines Bugs funktionieren geplante Posts, Pingbacks und einige andere, sekundäre Funktionen bei WP 2.9 noch nicht richtig. Ein Update zur Version 2.9.1 sollte demnächst verfügbar sein und es empfiehlt sich, wie immer bei neuen Versionen, diese erste Revision abzuwarten.

Es ist so weit, WordPress lernt mit der neuen Version das Rückgangig-machen, respektive erhält einen Papierkorb. Hinzu kommen weiter auch einfach bildeditierfunktionen zum Drehen und Beschneiden von Bildern, und Videos sollten nun einfacher eingebettet werden können.

Ich werde damit experimentieren, doch vorerst bleibt’s hier bei dieser Kurz-News.

Hier das Intro Video:

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SlideshowPro takes major steps ahead

I’ve written earlier, that WordPress-developers work towards making this fantastic blogging application into a better photo- and media-handling CMS. The well known and widely used, flash-based gallery tool SlideShowPro now ads it’s contribution to it by taking over the Slidepress Plug-In and ensuring its further development.

But there’s more in today’s announcements: Slideshow Standalone is a new self-contained version of SlideShowPro which now can be embedded, customized and edited through a web browser, without the need for Adobe Flash or Lightroom. It’s also the way to go in combination with the Slidepress Plug-In and should heavily ease the use of SlideshowPro.

I am currently using SlideshowPro on for my commercial wedding photography online portfolios and will further test SlideshowPro’s new family members later this year. I’m sure these applications, in particular the ‘Standalone-incarnation’, will find a lot more new users from the WordPress community soon.

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