Category Archives: weekly digest

Backing off Blog-by-email

On order to protect email servers from a possible denial of service attack from the blog by email feature of WordPress I have committed a change today to ensure that WordPress will not contact the mail server more that once every 5 minutes however often wp-mail.php is accessed.

Message displayed when rejecting request
Message displayed when rejecting request

The 5 minute interval, is itself, configurable using a define in your wp-config.php file it you wish to set a longer or shorter interval.

You would configure this by adding the following to the wp-config.php:


//Set the minimum interval for wp-mail blog-by-email POP3 connections to 10 minutes

define('WP_MAIL_INTERVAL',600);

This feature will be available in WordPress v2.9

WordPress weekly digest 24th March to 29th March 2008

It was a busy week again for WordPress 2.5, this list look short as we have been doing the final polishing on today’s WordPress 2.5 release, the changes were:

  • A fix to ensure that we preserve HTML entities in Custom Fields (#6374).
  • Pretty permalinks for taxonomies (#6357).
  • Changes to the login page redirect code to ensure that we honour redirect_to for logged in users (#6385).
  • A new filter to allow a plugin to force enable/disable the flash uploader (#6406).
  • Switch to using is_numeric() instead of ctype_digit() (#5481).
  • A change to the trackback handling code to drop trackbacks that request UTF-7 ([7559]).
  • Some updates to the new admin style.

For even more information on some of the other little changes that went in this week you can read the whole weekly trac timeline.

Now go an update to WordPress 2.5 – you know you want to!

WordPress weekly digest 17th March to 23rd March 2008

It was a busy week again for WordPress 2.5, this list may look short but a lot of work was done on polishing the new admin UI, the changes were:

  • Addition of avatar support to the default and classic themes ([7360], [7361]).
  • Lots of title attributes to improve the accessibility of the Manage pages (#6082).
  • Addition sanitization of option values to add_option (#5209).
  • Addition of more tab indexes to the Post and Page creation screens to make them easier to navigate (#6352).
  • More work on the plugin updater (#5586).
  • More updates to the new media library (#5911).
  • Lots of updates to the new admin style.

For even more information on some of the other little changes that went in this week you can read the whole weekly trac timeline.

WordPress weekly digest 10th March to 16th March 2008

It was a busy week again for WordPress 2.5, the changes were:

  • Addition of sanitization to get_link() and get_link_to_edit() (#6125).
  • phpDoc with copyright and licensing info to external ftp libs (#6155).
  • Improved self links for feeds (#5238).
  • Introduction of a per-user admin colour scheme selector (#6167).
  • Changes to move the restrict_manage_posts hook back inside the form (#6196).
  • A new filter to allow plugins to filter the fetched pingback source data (#3525).
  • Improvements to the export file to enclose more data in CDATA sections so as to produce more valid xml. (#4242).
  • Changes to wp_nonce_field(), wp_referrer_field() and wp_original_referer_field() so they can return the output rather than echoing (#3628).
  • Switch from addLoadEvent to jQuery(document).ready for kicking off javascript code (#6241).
  • Enhancements to the MT importer to import keywords as tags (#4472).
  • Update to TinyMCE 3.05 (#6195).
  • More work on the plugin updater (#5586).
  • More updates to the new media library (#5911).
  • Lots of updates to the new admin style.

For more information of the per-user admin stylesheet selector and examples of how to add your own themes you can read Ozh’s excellent post Per User Custom Stylesheet in WordPress 2.5″

For even more information on some of the other little changes that went in this week you can read the whole weekly trac timeline.

WordPress weekly digest 4th March to 9th March 2008

This weeks digest post is only for 6 days as I seemed to have got my dates wrong on Friday when writing the last one and ended it on a Monday instead of a Sunday! It was a busy week again for WordPress 2.5, even though the list below looks short, the changes were:

  • Abstraction of the colours from the layout within the css files to allow for multiple admin themes ([7178]).
  • Improvements to add_menu_page() so as to create the correct links for top level menus in more cases (#4907).
  • Lots of work on the plugin update installer (#5586).
  • Update to TinyMCE 3.03 (#6084).
  • More updates to the new media library (#5911).
  • Lots of updates to the new admin style.

For even more information on some of the other little changes that went in this week you can read the whole weekly trac timeline, look at a complete changelog for trunk or view a diffstat of the changes.

WordPress weekly digest 25th February to 3rd March 2008

Firstly, apologies again for this digest post being a bit late – the final push for 2.5 has been in full swing and I took a week out to go on holiday. It was a busy week again for WordPress 2.5, the changes were:

  • Changes to do_feed() to ensure that an error page is generated when a non-existent feed format is requested (#5446).
  • Introduction of a new image_resize() function (#6005).
  • Introduction of get_temp_dir() to allow for the different locations temporary files may be stored (#5984).
  • An update to the in_category() function to support category names that are all numbers and add documentation ([7064]).
  • Change to generating random passwords for users created during import (#5837).
  • A fix to the WXR importer to ensure that tags are imported correctly by name rather than as numbers (#5330).
  • A fix to ensure that the current_page_item class is set correctly when listing pages (#2959).
  • Introduction of get_post_ancestors() and the addition of the current_page_ancestor class to ancestors of the current page when listing pages (#5662).
  • Fixes to the plugin update code to use string comparison to detect version differences (#5978).
  • Introduction of post editing collision detection (#6043).
  • Changes to switch preg_replace() calls with the e modifier to preg_replace_callback() to improve security ([7056], #5644).
  • Update to TinyMCE 3.02 (#6012).
  • More updates to the new media library (#5911).
  • Lots of updates to the new admin style.

For even more information on some of the other little changes that went in this week you can read the whole weekly trac timeline, look at a complete changelog for trunk or view a diffstat of the changes.