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Blog Herald WordPress News: WordPress Scholarship, 800,000 WordPress 2.7 Downloads, XML-RPC Problem, and Top Plugin Authors

I just published WordPress News: Weblog Tools Collection Scholarship Fund, WordPress at the Supreme Court, Top Plugin Authors, XML-RPC Trouble, and More, this week’s report.

WordPress 2.7 downloads now passing 800,000. WordPress goes to the Supreme Court. Weblog Tools Collection announces college scholarship fund for WordPress students. WordPress 2.7 problems with XML-RPC. annual wrap up features dramatic statistics and features. Analysis of top WordPress Plugin authors in the WordPress Plugin Directory – who is on top? Chicago Breast Cancer Marathon call for WordPress men to march. And more WordPress news, security information, Plugins, Themes, and tips.

The following is a point summary of the key bits of WordPress news you may find interesting. The news report also includes information and news on various WordPress fan blogs, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, development news, WordPress tips, and more.

Problems with WordPress 2.7 XML-RPC

Joseph Scott reports on problems with libxml2 For WordPress XML-RPC users that he’s been finding on the and elsewhere.

One Million Downloads of WordPress 2.7

Two weeks ago, there were 500,000 WordPress 2.7 Downloads and as I write this, there are now over 800,000 downloads, moving fast for 1 million. Bets are on Twitter as to when one million downloads will be counted on the WordPress Download Counter.

Weblog Tools Collection WordPress College Scholarship

has announced plans for a Weblog Tools Collection College Scholarship to promote “WordPress development and help students dip their toe in WordPress.”

WordPress Theme Intruder Hack Attack

A lot of people are reporting notifications from their web hosts regarding the remv.php file creating malicious behavior on your WordPress blog. Jason Cosper offers a good step-by-step tutorial and Ronald Davies has a video tutorial on how to remove this malicious file from your WordPress Theme folder. After removal of the file from your server via FTP, update your site immediately to WordPress 2.7. For more information, see these discussions on the WordPress Support Forums: Blog hacked, host said to upgrade and WTF is remv.php in wp-content/themes folder.

Weblog Tools Collection Changes Ad Policy to Favor GPL Themes and Plugins

announces it will no longer accept ads from advertisers promoting non-GPL WordPress Themes and Plugins.

Fake WordPress Malicious Site

Look out for a fake WordPress site. looks like the site but isn’t. The version of WordPress you download has malicious code in the download that opens a backdoor to your blog. If you upgraded WordPress to 2.6.4, you are running a fake version. There is no WordPress 2.6.4. The latest version is WordPress 2.7, and in the 2.6 line, it is 2.6.5, skipping 2.6.4 due to this threat.

WordPress Events Coming Soon

Space if often limited for these WordPress Events, WordCamps, and blog events, so register early.

Top 10 WordPress Plugin Authors

Based upon cumulative downloads, White Shadow offers the Top 10 WordPress Plugin Developers within the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Optimize All Those Scripts in WordPress 2.7 Themes and Plugins

WordPress 2.7 now features a lot of AJAX and JavaScript. Ozz offers a technical article on the WordPress Development Blog for optimizing script loading that is a must-read for all WordPress Plugin and Theme developers.

Installing WordPressMU EBook

Andrea Rennick of WPMU Tutorials has just published Installing WordPressMU – The E-Book, a guide to helping you install the popular multi-blog version of WordPress called . The book is available in PDF form for free download. 2009 Year Wrap-Up

In 2008 Year-End Wrap-Up, Matt Mullenweg sums up the year listing many of the new features, staff, statistics, and changes in the free blog hosting service of WordPress.

WordPress News on the Blog Herald

Each week, I gather up all the WordPress and event information I can find and publish it on the in the category. Past WordPress News reports include:

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  1. Posted January 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Wow, thanks for mentioning that college scholarship; I never would have seen that had you not mentioned it. Maybe I’ll end up applying for it…

  2. Posted January 3, 2009 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    Hi, Lorelle. Jason Cospers’ site is down.

    • Posted January 3, 2009 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      @Kate: If it was, it is back up now. There have been electrical outages across North America due to storms recently, so I expect some servers not running on the cloud to go down now and then. Might be the reason, but it’s back up now. Thanks for letting me know.

  3. Posted January 3, 2009 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    That fake wordpress address doesnt work anymore! :))

    • Posted January 3, 2009 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      So you checked it? That was a dangerous thing to do, but thanks for being the test dummy for us!

  4. Posted January 3, 2009 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    WP 2.7 would probably be downloaded already more than 1 million times. Think about all those like me, who “recycle” their WP downloads for several blogs. This certainly influences the countdown on the WP site.

  5. Posted January 3, 2009 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Thank god it doesnt work anymore. For blogger better to download to original source ( for most security reason and stability.

  6. Posted January 4, 2009 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Im so glad it doesnt work anymore.. I tried that too..

  7. Posted January 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Permalink


    942,034……… it’s 17:53 right now (Eastern time), the one million mark will take place tonight or no later than 3am tomorrow…….so when you wake up and have your breakfast cereal, the one million download would of happened.

    • Posted January 6, 2009 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know. It might be another day or two. But I’ll trust you to stay awake all through the night so you can be the lucky winner! 😀 I’ll be eagerly awaiting your winning screenshot!

  8. Posted January 8, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    wow, tons of useful resources and links, thanks for sharing. 🙂 I really wanted to comment about the fake wordpress site, I’m not surprised but it’s crazy how many folks keep getting duped by supplying their info to various sites, some they’ve never seen before… ? Anyhow, the treats and methods being used are becoming more craftier. Not cool.


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