Site Notification Issues

Recently I noticed some site notification issues popping up. This appears to be from two sources. One is from some WordPress sites hosted on the same account. Apparently they were compromised some time ago and I had never noticed.

This is due to the base64_decode hack that was (apparently) fixed some time ago. If you run self-hosted WordPress, make sure you update your installations - or get someone to do it for you. Let me know if you need help. This isn't hard to fix, but it can be tedious.

The other issue is apparently a PHP vulnerability, recently fixed by Pair. The combination led to an explosion of the earlier exploit. I'm taking care of the files, and hopefully if you've been visiting and seeing the warning pages pop up, you shouldn't see them for long. Sorry for the problems.

Number Five is Alive (Generally)

After quite some time, MT-Notifier version five is close to seeing the light of day. Or, at the very least, crawling out from under the rock from which he has been hiding.

I am sure that there are those who will argue that this release is probably not worth of a full-fledged bump in the version numbers, and there are bound to be reasons why you are right. But there are also surely prior releases that were worth more than a minor bump as well. It all works out in the end.

What's with this Melody, Anyway?

If you've been awake and online at any point in the last 48 hours or so, you have no doubt heard about Melody, the fork of the Open Source version of Movable Type, driven by a number of prominent members in the Movable Type community. If you haven't, then you surely will. The news is just about everywhere, at least for now.

What is perhaps most interesting is what is yet to be said - that there is little happening other than the news of the fork itself. While lots of places seemingly have lots to say (here, here, here, here), there has mostly been no response.

Since I've heard - more than once - that users would like to send HTML notifications with MT-Notifier, and because I'm still working out the details on how to make it work more simply within the plugin itself, I decided to put together an entry on doing it yourself. It does take a bit of work, but assuming you are using a recent version, you can make it work with very little effort.

First, please make sure you back up your current files. And if you have real, live subscribers, you might want to let them know that you're about to play with your templates, so that they understand that you might send them something that they can't read. Ready? Let's move on!

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