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Experience Twenty Fifteen with WordPress 4.1 “Dinah”

Version 4.1 of WordPress, named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington, is now available for install and upgrade via Softaculous. New features in WordPress 4.1 help you focus on your writing, and the new default theme lets you show it off in style.

Try the new theme Twenty Fifteen

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The newest default theme, Twenty Fifteen, is a blog-focused theme designed for clarity.

Twenty Fifteen has flawless language support, with help from Google’s Noto font family.

The straightforward typography is readable on any screen size.

Your content always takes center stage, whether viewed on a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.
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Distraction-free writing

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Just write.

Sometimes, you just need to concentrate on putting your thoughts into words. Try turning on distraction-free writing mode. When you start typing, all the distractions will fade away, letting you focus solely on your writing. All your editing tools instantly return when you need them.

The Finer Points

Choose a language

Right now, WordPress 4.1 is already translated into over forty languages, with more always in progress. You can switch to any translation on the General Settings screen.

Log out everywhere

If you’ve ever worried you forgot to sign out from a shared computer, you can now go to your profile and log out everywhere.

Vine embeds

Embedding videos from Vine is as simple as pasting a URL onto its own line in a post. See the full list of supported embeds.

Plugin recommendations

The plugin installer suggests plugins for you to try. Recommendations are based on the plugins you and other users have installed.

Under the Hood

Complex Queries

Metadata, date, and term queries now support advanced conditional logic, like nested clauses and multiple operators — A AND ( B OR C ).

Customizer API

The customizer now supports conditionally showing panels and sections based on the page being previewed.

<title> tags in themes

add_theme_support( ‘title-tag’ ) tells WordPress to handle the complexities of document titles.

Developer Reference

Continued improvements to inline code documentation have made the developer reference more complete than ever.

Source : http://wordpress.org/

WordPress 4.0 “Benny” now available

Version 4.0 of WordPress, named “Benny” in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman, is available for download or update. This release brings you a smoother writing and management experience.

WordPress is already updated to 4.0 in Softaculous. You can install a new copy of WordPress 4.0 or update existing installation to the latest version via Softaculous to experience the new features included in 4.0

Manage your media with style
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Explore your uploads in a beautiful, endless grid. A new details preview makes viewing and editing any amount of media in sequence a snap.

Working with embeds has never been easier
Paste in a YouTube URL on a new line, and watch it magically become an embedded video. Now try it with a tweet. Oh yeah — embedding has become a visual experience. The editor shows a true preview of your embedded content, saving you time and giving you confidence.

WordPress has expanded the services supported by default, too — you can embed videos from CollegeHumor, playlists from YouTube, and talks from TED. Check out all of the embeds that WordPress supports.

Focus on your content
Writing and editing is smoother and more immersive with an editor that expands to fit your content as you write, and keeps the formatting tools available at all times.

Finding the right plugin
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There are more than 30,000 free and open source plugins in the WordPress plugin directory. WordPress 4.0 makes it easier to find the right one for your needs, with new metrics, improved search, and a more visual browsing experience.

Source : wordpress.org

20% discount on upgrading to Softaculous Premium

Using Softaculous Free version for more than 6 months ?

We have good news for you, upgrade your Free version of Softaculous to Premium at 20% discount on 1st year of purchase of yearly licenses.

Upgrading Softaculous to Premium version will allow access to 320+ scripts for all your users.

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Login to Softaculous Client Center here to buy your license :
https://www.softaculous.com/clients

You can refer the guide on how to buy the license here :
http://www.softaculous.com/docs/Buying_Information

For more details contact the Softaculous Sales team at sales@softaculous.com

Please Note :
1. This offer is valid until May 31st 2014
2. The discount will be available on the Invoice page after you click on “Purchase Softaculous” button on the Purchase page.
3. This offer is not valid for NOC Partners.

AMPPS now available for Linux distros

The Softaculous AMPPS Team has released AMPPS 2.3 for Linux. This version of AMPPS adds the latest versions of PHP, MySQL, phpMyAdmin, etc.

AMPPS is a free WAMP (Windows), LAMP (Linux) and MAMP (Macintosh) stack of Apache, MySQL, MongoDB, PHP, Perl & Python for desktops. AMPPS enables you to focus more on using applications rather than maintaining them as it has the Softaculous Auto Installer with 300+ scripts. AMPPS is suited for PHP and MySQL developers who develop PHP applications on their desktops.

The current version of AMPPS for Linux include :

  • Softaculous 4.4.4
  • Apache 2.4.7
  • PHP 5.5.10, PHP 5.4.26 and 5.3.28
  • PERL 5.18.1
  • Python 2.7.6 with mod_wsgi 3.4 module
  • MySQL 5.6.16
  • phpMyAdmin 4.1.9
  • SQLite Manager 1.2.4
  • MongoDB 2.4.9
  • RockMongo 1.1.5
  • Pure-FTPd Server 1.0.36


Ampps Linux will work with most of the desktop / GUI distros of linux like Fedora, CentOS, Redhat, Ubuntu, etc.
You can download AMPPS for Linux, Windows or Mac from the AMPPS download center :
http://www.ampps.com/download

We hope you enjoy the feature(s), we will be adding many more features in the upcoming versions.

What’s new with WordPress 3.8

WordPress 3.8 is now available via Softaculous. Upgrade your existing installation to 3.8 with one click or install a fresh new blog.

WordPress has gotten a facelift. 3.8 brings a fresh new look to the entire admin dashboard. Gone are overbearing gradients and dozens of shades of grey — bring on a bigger, bolder, more colorful design!

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Modern aesthetic

The new WordPress dashboard has a fresh, uncluttered design that embraces clarity and simplicity.

Clean typography

The Open Sans typeface provides simple, friendly text that is optimized for both desktop and mobile viewing. It’s even open source, just like WordPress.

Refined contrast

Beautiful design should never sacrifice legibility. With superior contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.

WordPress on every device

responsiveWe all access the internet in different ways. Smartphone, tablet, notebook, desktop — no matter what you use, WordPress will adapt and you’ll feel right at home.

High definition at high speed

WordPress is sharper than ever with new vector-based icons that scale to your screen. By ditching pixels, pages load significantly faster, too.

Admin color schemes to match your personality

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WordPress just got a colorful new update. WordPress 3.8 includes eight new admin color schemes so you can pick the one that suits you best.

Color schemes can be previewed and changed from your Profile page.

Refined theme management

themesThe new themes screen lets you survey your themes at a glance. Or want more information? Click to discover more. Then sit back and use your keyboard’s navigation arrows to flip through every theme you’ve got.

Smoother widget experience

Drag-drag-drag. Scroll-scroll-scroll. Widget management can be complicated. With the new design, WordPress team has worked to streamline the widgets screen.

Have a large monitor? Multiple widget areas stack side-by-side to use the available space. Using a tablet? Just tap a widget to add it.

Twenty Fourteen, a sleek new magazine theme

The new Twenty Fourteen theme displayed on a laptop. tablet and phone

Turn your blog into a magazine

Create a beautiful magazine-style site with WordPress and Twenty Fourteen. Choose a grid or a slider to display featured content on your homepage. Customize your site with three widget areas or change your layout with two page templates.

With a striking design that does not compromise our WordPress’ simplicity, Twenty Fourteen is the most intrepid default theme yet.

Try Twenty Fourteen live

Source : http://wordpress.org

Forgot the password for your WordPress blog ?

Forgot the password for your WordPress blog ? This post will help you to reset your password.

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1) Get the reset password link to your email address :

You need to know either the email address or the username and need to have access to your email address (you will receive the reset password link there).

  • Go to your WordPress login screen
  • Click on the Lost your Password link
  • Enter the email address or your username and click on the Get New Password button.
  • You will now receive an email with the link to reset your password.
  • Enter the new password and click on the Reset Password button.
  • That’s it you have reset the password for your blog’s account.

2) Don’t have access to the email associated to your account at the blog ?

You can reset the password from your WordPress database. You will require access to your database.

  • Login to your control panel and go to the database manager. Generally you will have phpMyAdmin
  • Now choose the database where you have WordPress installed. (If you are not sure check the database details from wp-config.php file of your installation)
  • Go to the users table and look for the username for which you need to reset the password
  • Now click on the Edit button corresponding to your username
  • Enter the new password you want under the Value column next to user_pass field
  • Choose MD5 from the dropdown under the Function column next to user_pass field
  • Hit the Go button
  • The password encryption will not look as the previous one because we chose MD5 and WordPress uses a different hashing method
  • Don’t worry. Go to the login WordPress login screen and login with the new password. On successful login WordPress will convert the new password as per WordPress encryption hash.
  • That’s it you have successfully reset the password for your account for your WordPress blog.

Subrion CMS 3: Now More Powerful & Flexible Than Ever Before

Subrion is an open-source PHP content management system which has always aimed to be as comprehensive as possible in terms of functionality, whilst holding true to it’s user-friendly ethos.

The development team behind Subrion CMS – Intelliants, have recently announced a major update for their flagship content management system, calling it Subrion CMS 3.
Key features such as full source editing, per-page permissions and extensive plugin options have always been part of the platform, but now with a host of improvements recently launched along with Subrion CMS 3, users are in for a far more powerful Subrion experience. Let’s explore how.

Enhanced Admin Dashboard, Plugin Installation & Fields Management

The most obvious improvement introduced by Subrion CMS 3, is the enhanced admin dashboard. The core version comes in a selection of 5 different colours by default, making it easy to customize your experience right out of the box.

The brand new dashboard, along with its 5 bundled colours, is extremely easy on the eyes, and even simpler to use, thanks to bold menus and logically grouped tools and features which makes managing content a breeze.

This new user interface is sleek and organized, allowing you to access different areas of your Subrion admin panel with ease, whilst also displaying key content such as Twitter news and recent activity via the main dashboard.

Remote Plugin installation

Subrion CMS 3 also brings about remote plugin installation, which scraps the need for manual downloading and uploading of plugins via FTP.

Instead, a simple three-step process is all you need to worry about. Once you navigate over to the Plugins page on your admin panel, you can select the Remote Mode filter for your available plugins, and then click install. It’s that easy.

Improved Fields Management

You can also look forward to improved fields management features for item listings. Whether the fields relate to members, auto listing, real estate listing, coupons, or anything else, you can easily extend your listings with the additional fields.

Fields can be created in many different forms, including, text field, WYSIWYG, checkboxes, radios, pictures, attachments, and much more.

The best part is, there is no need to make any PHP/HTML changes, as you can have complete control over your fields right from the admin panel.

Built-In Blogging & Professional Templates

With Subrion CMS 3 also comes bundled with a built-in blogging functionality, which means there is no need to combine Subrion with any other blogging platform or content management system in order to create a blog.

The latest version of Subrion also introduces a new iaBootstrap template framework, which is based on Twitter Bootstrap 2. The framework simplifies new template development for Subrion CMS, providing all templates with a responsive nature.

Speaking of responsive design, Subrion CMS 3 ensures that both its templates and admin dashboard can be viewed via mobile browsers, so you can manage your content easily – anywhere you go.

Premium Extension Packages, Major Re-factoring & a 20% Discount

With version 3 of their platform, Subrion were aiming to make their software more scalable, reliable, and stable than every before – and they did just that.

This is due to some major re-factoring work, with improvements to nearly 90% of Subrion’s core code. Major improvements include improved PHP 5 support, and the addition of MySQLi support.

Along with all these Subrion CMS 3 enhancements, you can also extend the default functionality of the platform instantly, with 6 premium extension packages.

These paid premium packages allow you to add further functionality in terms of article publishing, coupons, real estate listings, directory listings, and more.

There is also some great news for Softaculous & Webuzo readers. Subrion have kindly offered a 20% discount off all orders, including on their Premium Extension Packages which are detailed above.

To claim your discount, simply use the discount code, “SOFTACULOUS” upon checkout.

Soruce : www.intelliants.com

PHP.net hacked to serve exploits

On 24 Oct 2013 06:15:39 +0000 Google started saying www.php.net was hosting malware. The Google Webmaster Tools were initially quite delayed in showing the reason why and when they did it looked a lot like a false positive because there were some minified/obfuscated javascript being dynamically injected into userprefs.js. This looked suspicious, but it was actually written to do exactly that so we were quite certain it was a false positive.

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It turned out that by combing through the access logs for static.php.net it was periodically serving up userprefs.js with the wrong content length and then reverting back to the right size after a few minutes. This is due to an rsync cron job. So the file was being modified locally and reverted. Google’s crawler caught one of these small windows where the wrong file was being served.

The php.net systems team have audited every server operated by php.net, and have found that two servers were compromised: the server which hosted the www.php.net, static.php.net and git.php.net domains, and was previously suspected based on the JavaScript malware, and the server hosting bugs.php.net. The method by which these servers were compromised is unknown at this time.

All affected services have been migrated off those servers. PHP.net team have verified that their Git repository was not compromised, and it remains in read only mode as services are brought back up in full.

To summarize, the situation right now is that:

  • JavaScript malware was served to a small percentage of php.net users from the 22nd to the 24th of October 2013.
  • Neither the source tarball downloads nor the Git repository were modified or compromised.
  • Two php.net servers were compromised, and have been removed from service. All services have been migrated to new, secure servers.
  • SSL access to php.net Web sites is temporarily unavailable until a new SSL certificate is issued and installed on the servers that need it.

Over the next few days :

  • php.net users will have their passwords reset. Note that users of PHP are unaffected by this: this is solely for people committing code to projects hosted on svn.php.net or git.php.net.

Source : http://php.net

WordPress 3.6.1 Maintenance and Security Release

WordPress team has released WordPress 3.6.1 which is a Maintenance and Security Release

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WordPress 3.6.1 is also a security release for all previous WordPress versions and it is strongly recommend you update your sites.

WordPress has been updated to 3.6.1 in Softaculous. You can update your installation with just one click. Here is the guide :

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The WordPress security team resolved three security issues, and this release also contains some additional security hardening.

The security fixes include :

  • Block unsafe PHP unserialization that could occur in limited situations and setups, which can lead to remote code execution.
  • Prevent a user with an Author role, using a specially crafted request, from being able to create a post “written by” another user.
  • Fix insufficient input validation that could result in redirecting or leading a user to another website.

The additional security hardening include:

  • Updated security restrictions around file uploads to mitigate the potential for cross-site scripting. The extensions .swf and .exe are no longer allowed by default, and .htm and .html are only allowed if the user has the ability to use unfiltered HTML.

Source : http://wordpress.org

WHMCS Security Release 4.5.6 and 5.2.6 Update Now !

WHMCS has released new patches for the 4.5, 5.0, 5.1, and 5.2 minor releases. These updates provide targeted changes to address security concerns with the WHMCS product. You are highly encouraged to update immediately.

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WHMCS has rated these updates as including critical or important security impacts.

Releases
The following full-release versions of WHMCS have been published and address all known vulnerabilities:
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The latest public releases of WHMCS are available inside members area at WHMCS.

WHMCS has been updated to 5.2.6 in Softaculous as well. If you have Softaculous installed on your server you can upgrade to the latest version of WHMCS via Softaculous.

PLEASE NOTE: The 4.5 series reached End Of Life as of June 30th 2013. WHMCS is aware that some customers have not moved to an LTS version due to the newness of the LTS policy. The related 4.5 patch release published along with this Security Advisory is provided as a courtesy to those customers. From this point forward, there will be no more patches provided for 4.5 or any other release that has reached EOL.

There is no reason to believe that these vulnerabilities are known to the public. As such, WHMCS will only release limited information regarding the vulnerabilities at this time.

Once sufficient time has passed to allow WHMCS customers to update their installed software, WHMCS will release additional information regarding the nature of the security issue.

These Targeted Security Releases and Patches address 9 vulnerabilities in WHMCS versions 4.5, 5.0, .5.1, and 5.2.

Source : http://www.whmcs.com