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WordPress 2.8.6 Released

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In case you didn’t notice the message on top of your WordPress dashboard, WordPress 2.8.6 is now available. The release fixes two security problems that can be exploited by registered and logged in users with posting privileges.

Basically if you have untrusted users on your blog with a user level of “Author” or above, upgrading is highly recommended.

I’m sure you know the drill by now, make sure you backup before you upgrade. I haven’t heard of any upgrade issues with this release so it should be relatively painless.


Leland Fiegel was the original founder of ThemeLab. He is a web developer who loves WordPress and blogging.

  • Josh

    I absolutely love WordPress but my only complaint is how often they come out with newer versions. When you have 16 blogs to upgrade, it can be rather time consuming and monotonous. But the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

  • Leland

    @Josh: I tend to agree, but at least it shows they’re on their toes when it comes to security issues.

    Also it’s a lot easier now with automatic upgrades, although I tend to backup before I upgrade so it does take quite a bit of time.

    I think it’s always worth it though to backup just in case there are any complications during the upgrade process (even though there usually aren’t any).

  • Josh

    @Leland, It either shows they’re on their toes when it comes to security issues or they are quick to roll out changes in new versions without checking fully for security issues. For example, would you say Microsoft is on they’re toes when it comes to security issues when you consider how many Windows Updates they’ve released over the years? No answer necessary. :-)

    Don’t get my wrong, I am not trying to complain. Just some food for thought.

    And I do agree that the upgrades are super easy which I appreciate very much.

    Thanks for responding to my comment, Leland.