WordPress 3.8

WP38About-580x290All WordPress sites hosted by Scene 17 Media were upgraded to the latest version, 3.8, on January 1, 2014. This version, nicknamed “Parker” after bebop saxophone legend Charlie Parker, features a clean new interface as well as the usual assortment of bug fixes and improvements.

WordPress sites updated to version 3.7.1

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbAll WordPress sites hosted and maintained by Scene 17 Media were updated to the latest version 3.7.1 on Sunday, November 17, 2013. This update fixed eleven bugs and security issues.

For more information about the changes in WordPress 3.7.1, visit the WordPress.org News Blog.

WordPress 3.6 “Oscar” installed on Scene 17 client sites

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbAll WordPress sites hosted and maintained by Scene 17 Media were updated to the latest version 3.6 (nicknamed “Oscar” in honor of jazz pianist Oscar Peterson on Sunday, August 4, 2013. This update included several new features and fixed some bugs and security issues.

For more information about the changes in WordPress 3.6, visit the WordPress.org News Blog.

WordPress 3.5.2

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbAll WordPress sites hosted and maintained by Scene 17 Media/Kephart + Associates were updated to the latest version 3.5.2 on Sunday, June 30, 2013. This was a maintenance update that fixed some bugs and minor security issues. No major changes from 3.5 will be apparent in the Dashboard.

This is the second maintenance release of 3.5, fixing 12 bugs. The WordPress security team resolved seven security issues, and this release also contains some additional security hardening.

WordPress 3.5.1

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbAll WordPress sites hosted and maintained by Scene 17 Media/Kephart + Associates have been updated to the latest version 3.5.1. This was a maintenance update that fixed some bugs and minor security issues. No major changes from 3.5 will be apparent in the Dashboard.

Recommended: Disable or uninstall Java on your computer

no javaAn exploit in the popular cross-platform Java programming language has been discovered, and the only way to avoid it right now is to either disable Java in each of the browsers you use, or even better, uninstall it entirely from your PC or Mac if you don’t have a critical need for it. Personally, at this point, we’re not using Java in our office much, so we’ve simply uninstalled it for now.

To uninstall in Windows 7:

  1. Go to your Control Panel and select “Uninstall a program.”

NOTE: Other versions of Windows will have different wording for this choice. (And, by the way, if you’re still using Windows XP or earlier, it might be time to upgrade to Windows 7 – or a new PC with Windows 7 or 8 on it. This will also help you avoid problems with viruses and other exploits.)

  1. Find items that include “Java” in the list of programs.
  2. Uninstall all versions of Java on your computer. There may be more than one. Java is notorious for leaving old versions behind when it updates, though this has been less of a problem recently.
  3. Close the Control Panel. Restarting your PC isn’t a bad idea at this point to kill any background stuff that might have been using Java.

The Next Web has a good article with more details on the exploit itself.

WordPress 3.5 makes working with pictures easy

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbAll websites hosted by Scene 17 Media that are built with WordPress have now been updated to version 3.5 (also known as “Elvin”). Downtime for each site during this maintenance, which was completed on December 24th, was about five minutes.

WordPress 3.5 features a brand-new, rewritten “Media” section, which makes working with photos, videos and other media items easier than ever. Drag and drop capabilities are improved and simplified, and the old media library (a source of much frustration around the Scene 17 Media studio in the past) is now a joy to work with, with thumbnails that can be reordered, and a responsive sidebar that makes changing titles, captions and other information a snap.

Here’s a brief video highlighting the improvements to WordPress 3.5:

 

If you’re a Scene 17 Media client and have questions about the changes in WordPress 3.5, please give us a call or use the “Contact” form to request support.

Merry Christmas from Scene 17 Media!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas!