FeedWordPress 0.993: WordPress 2.5.1 compatibility and a couple new features

Update 2008-11-06: FeedWordPress 0.993 is now out of date. You can download the latest release — 2008.1105 at the time of this writing — from the project homepage.

FeedWordPress version 0.993 is now available for download.

There are a few new features that I am in the midst of working on for an upcoming release of FeedWordPress, but I have released version 0.993 now in order to resolve the critical compatability issue with WordPress 2.5.1. I am still doing compatibility testing to see whether there are any kinks in compatibility with WordPress 2.5.x, but upgrading to this release should eliminate the fatal error that prevented 2.5.1 users from accessing the Syndication Options and the feed settings pages from within the WordPress pages. There are some small bug fixes and the beginning groundwork for some features that will become more fleshed out in the upcoming, more feature-rich release, which aren’t worth going into in detail; besides those, here is what’s new since FeedWordPress 0.992:

  • WORDPRESS 2.5.1 COMPATIBILITY: FeedWordPress should now be compatible
    with WordPress 2.5.1.

  • WORDPRESS 2.5 INTERFACE IMPROVEMENTS: FeedWordPress’s Dashboard
    interface has undergone several cosmetic changes that should help it
    integrate better with the WordPress Dashboard interface in WordPress
    version 2.5.x.

  • SYNDICATED POSTS CAN BE MARKED AS “PENDING REVIEW”: WordPress 2.3 users
    can now take advantage of WordPress’s new “Pending Review” features for
    incoming syndicated posts. Posts marked as “Pending Review” are not
    published immediately, but are marked as ready to be reviewed by an
    Administrator or Editor, who can then choose to publish the post or
    hold it back. If you want to review syndicated posts from a particular
    feed, or from all feeds, before they are posted, then use
    Syndication –> Syndicated Sites –> Edit or Syndication –> Options to
    change the settings for handling new posts.

  • AWARE OF NEW URI FOR del.icio.us FEEDS: Previous releases of
    FeedWordPress already automatically split del.icio.us tags up
    appropriately appropriately when generating categories. (del.icio.us
    feeds smoosh all the tags into a single <dc:subject> element,
    separated by spaces; FeedWordPress un-smooshes them into multiple
    categories by separating them at whitespace.) Unfortunately, del.icio.us
    recently broke the existing behavior by changing host names for their
    feeds from del.icio.us to feeds.delicious.com. Version 0.993 accounts
    for the new host name and un-breaks the tag splitting.

If you have put off upgrading to WordPress 2.5.1 due to this bug, and plan to upgrade after installing FeedWordPress 0.993, please remember that after you upgrade WordPress, you will need to reinstall the FeedWordPress MagpieRSS upgrades in order to keep your feed parsing from getting broken.

Enjoy! As I mentioned, I’m actively working on a release, probably due sometime before the end of the month, including bug fixes and a few significant new features, so let me know about any ongoing issues that you may still have.