WordPress image uploader not working for version 2.6 with Flash 10

Some people have reported the “Choose files to upload” button being broken when trying to add an image to a WordPress post. The behavior I witnessed was that clicking the button simply did nothing. I have also heard that PC users see a blank white window. The quick fix is to use the Browser Uploader instead.

We’ve noticed the issue since upgrading to Flash 10. It seems the deadly combination to break the WordPress image uploader is WP 2.6 (and maybe lower) and Flash 10. Sites that have been upgraded to WordPress 2.7+ work just fine with Flash 10. See my previous post, What version of Flash Player do I have? to check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Big thanks to web guru @joeyyax for sussing this one out, and for pointing out this this thread at WordPress.org.

Happy WordPress Day! Why we heart WP.

It’s the day we unofficially celebrate the existence of the WordPress blogging platform.  Big thanks to Automattic for forging what has become one of our weapons of choice.

We hearted WordPress right out of the gate for its easy configuration as a simple content management system.  As open and streamlined as many CMSs are aimed at being, many “simple” CMSs with good intentions tend to be too bloated for some of our clients.  When we started using WP, it was the perfect minimalist shim to wedge in that static XHTML/CSS to simple custom CMS site gap. Continue reading

Popular blog search engines and RSS tools

I’ve compiled these helpful links for a Grady Britton PR introduction to RSS.  The following are some of the more popular resources for finding, subscribing, and processing blogs and RSS feeds.  Please feel free to add to this list by commenting.  Thanks to Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb for many of these links from his presentation at the WebVisions conference.

Free RSS readers (your new custom personal newspaper!)
NetNewsWire – Desktop based, feature rich, popular RSS reader.
reader.google.com – Web based RSS reader.  Simple and nothing fancy.  Requires a Google account.  Accessible from any computer.

Blog Search Engines
blogsearch.google.com – Google’s blog search engine.  Search results can be subscribed to via RSS.
ask.com – Very good, non-spammy blog search.  Search results can be subscribed to via RSS.
technorati.com – Alternative blog search engine.  Search results can be subscribed to via RSS.
live.com – Microsoft’s blog search.

Social Bookmark Sites
del.icio.us, ma.gnolia.com, digg.com – Allows you to search tags (keyword phrases) that people have assigned to stories to find the most popular stories on that topic.  Also create an account so that you can tag stories yourself. Search results can be subscribed to via RSS.

Cool RSS Tools
zaptxt.com – Sends you an email, IM or SMS text message the moment a story is released about your keyword phrase.
– Search Twitter tweets (posts)!
snackr.net – RSS scroller for your desktop.  Like a stock ticker of your favorite feeds.
dapper.net – Scrape any dynamic site content and convert it into an RSS feed.  So nice!
aideRSS.com, Yahoo! Pipes, simplepie.org – Filter, rank, combine, and customize RSS feeds via web GUI or PHP.

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