No Meeting in December

As our regular hosts, MadLab  ( have decided to close over the holiday period, we cannot able to hold our December meeting there. The next meeting will be in January 2012.

Meanwhile, you can still keep in touch via the mailing list. If you haven’t yet joined, you can do so using the form in the sidebar.

I hope everyone has a great holiday, and I’ll see you in the new year.


WordPress developers: passwords reset required for site (forums, codex, etc)

This message is only applicable for: WordPress developers and those who have an account on site (forums, codex, etc). Or those who have any of the plugins mentioned below.

Earlier today the WordPress team noticed suspicious commits to several popular plugins (AddThis, WPtouch, and W3 Total Cache) containing cleverly disguised backdoors. We determined the commits were not from the authors, rolled them back, pushed updates to the plugins, and shut down access to the plugin repository while we looked for anything else unsavory.

We’re still investigating what happened, but as a prophylactic measure we’ve decided to force-reset all passwords on To use the forums, trac, or commit to a plugin or theme, you’ll need to reset your password to a new one. (Same for and

As a user, make sure to never use the same password for two different services, and we encourage you not to reset your password to be the same as your old one.

Second, if you use AddThis, WPtouch, or W3 Total Cache and there’s a possibility you could have updated in the past day, make sure to visit your updates page and upgrade each to the latest version.

via WordPress › Passwords Reset.

MWUG on Facebook

We now have a page on Facebook which you can “Like” to stay in touch with us and discuss WordPress related issues:

Why not let us know if you’re coming along to this months meeting?!

WordCamp UK in Manchester

NOTE: This was posted on the MWUG mailing list by Mike a few days ago. I am posting it here again for anyone not on the mailing list.

In case you hadn’t heard, WordCamp UK is coming to Manchester. The unconference  is being held on the weekend of July 17th and 18th at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.

Tickets are on sale now, and all ticket sales end at 1100 (am) on Sunday 11 July 2010. That’s £30 for two full days of meeting fellow WordPress users, publishers, designers, and developers.

There are four simultaneous tracks this year: General & user, Specialist & developer, Miscellaneous & spontaneous and a ‘Genius Bar’ (a range of WordPress experts available to advice attendees on a one-to-one basis).

Mike be presenting on Sunday. He’ll probably hang around the Genius bar at times too.

I’ll be taking part on the WordHack sessions and also help Shaun with co-ordination. If you’re interested in taking part in this year’s WordHack add your project idea.

Don’t worry you don’t need technical expertise to suggest an idea. If you run a WordPress site/blog but don’t know how to solve a business problem you should suggest it.

It will be a great weekend, if you are a WordPress user, developer, or designer, or are just considering using WordPress you should come along.

This user group is helping to organise the unofficial social on the Friday night before the event for people who are arriving a day early.

You can find out latest on WordCamp UK via Twitter(@wordcampuk).

We look forward to seeing you there.