Version 2.5.1 looks beautiful (hope it’s more secure)

It really took five minutes to upgrade to the newer version of WordPress (v. 2.5.1). The dashboard looks beautiful and easy to use, and it responds quickly (works faster).  Nice. You can manually upgrade to the newer version or opt for an automatic upgrade. Of course, I chose the latter.

What prompted me to upgrade? Well, let’s just say the earlier version was compromised.

So after getting some help from the host (they were able to restore some archives), I finally decided to move to the new version for protection. Apparently, blogs such as WordPress are becoming targets of hacking. Anyway, that’s over now. We move on to better things.

Happy blogging!

‘Filipina named head of global open source project’

Watch the video interview with Ma. Odea “Deng” Ching.

USAToday goes web 2.0

Allow readers to comment on every story. Set up a profile page where readers can connect to other readers. Allow readers to tag reports. Give people the power to digg and recommend stories to others. And viola, you’re on web 2.0. USAToday is apparently on the verge of a major shift to a more interactive website. You can call it social networking, web 2.0, but it’s about reaching to more readers in hopes of building an online community.

Steve Rubel observes:

This is exactly the direction USA Today needs to follow. However, it doesn’t go quite far enough. In addition to building these features, the media need to bridge their communities to the ones where we already spend our time. RSS, widgets and embedded content would help here. For example, USA Today should let us add our blog, Twitter or Facebook feeds or even embedded YouTube vids to our profile pages.

Winston Damarillo: advice to IT startups reporter Lawrence Casiraya shot this interesting video (again using a camera phone) clip of Filipino venture capitalist/entrepreneur Winston Damarillo giving advice to IT startups.

Who is Winston Damarillo? Read Lawrence’s breaking story.

(Still) upgrading to Ella

I just finished upgrading to Ella, the new WordPress 2.1 version. I hope to avoid any hitches or bugs. Apparently, the first try did not work. I’m still on version 2.0.4. For the detailed upgrade from previous versions to Ella, visit this WordPress guide. Don’t forget to back up your files, tables, etc.