Archive for September, 2009

Automatic Upgrade Feature of WordPress Without FTP

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

I was intrigued by the automatic update feature of recent (2.7+?) versions of WordPress because I hate upgrades as much as the next guy.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work for all 3 WordPress installs for which I am responsible.

There’s a new security issue for WordPress, so I spent some time trying to figure out how to get the update feature to work.  When I attempted the update in the WordPress Admin section, it requested my FTP login settings.  Well, I don’t use FTP for maintaining these blogs.

Fortunately, it turns out that WordPress will only require FTP permissions if the file permissions are configured in a compatible manner.

This post cleared it up:

The gist is to set the owner of the WordPress files to the same user as the process that runs Apache.  Running a basic chown command did the trick!

Now I just have to research to make sure that this makes sense from a security standpoint…

Sample Bingo Card Screenshots (actually “PDF-Shots”)

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Another long-overdue update to our bingo card generating site, sample images.

We’ve always believed that since it takes less than a minute to generate bingo cards from our template word lists that there was no need  to have sample images.  Well, that, plus we were always a bit short on time.

Well, we now have a few sample bingo card images up – we’ll be adding more soon.  Now, visitors to our site can see in seconds the great bingo cards that can be printed using in a few seconds!

How’s that for progress?