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WordPress Users: Have You Upgraded To 2.6.1 Yet?

Psst… have you heard that WordPress 2.6.1 is available now?

For the list of all bugs fixed, please refer to this page. Once you’re clear about what you’re getting yourself into, download the relevant archive here.

Upgrade (or install) and enjoy the show 🙂

WordPress 2.6 Released

Wow, that was quick… You can download WordPress 2.6 “Tyner” from the usual location.

You can read more about this release from WordPress.org’s announcement post.

Update: And HTNet’s running it 🙂 Upgrade is smooth as you’d expect from any WordPress build.

Upgraded To WordPress 2.5.1

The first bug fixing build of WP 2.5 has been released. Before upgrading, you might want to read more about WordPress 2.5.1. A list of all bugs fixed in this build is listed here.

I’m very disappointed that the improper 404 handling bug is still in WordPress 2.5.1. Apparently the situation regarding this bug has gotten more complicated since my last visit to the ticket.

Improper 404 Error Handling Fix For WordPress 2.5

I’ve upgraded several of my blogs to WordPress 2.5. However, I noticed that two of them didn’t handle 404 (Page Not Found) errors properly after the upgrade. Every invalid URL gets redirected to the index page; worse still, they returned a 200 server response code which tells the browser that the URL is valid!

Another bad outcome of this bug is that your sites won’t get verified in Google Webmaster Tools.

This problem only occurs on WordPress blogs that uses a page (instead of the more common latest posts listing) as the front page. So how can we fix this?

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Better Permalink URLs For Your WordPress Blog

If you’re hosting your WordPress blog on a mod_rewrite-enabled Apache web server, you can use this feature to make your post URLs prettier.

By default, WordPress uses an ugly format like http://yoursite/?p=795 (this URL is for post #795, just in case you’re wondering). If your server has mod_rewrite enabled, you can also use more descriptive URLs as suggested by WordPress:

WordPress permalink options

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