WordPress 2.6 Release Candidate 1 is available for downloading and the official release of version 2.6 may be announced any time this week.
Remote Publishing in WordPress 2.6
By default WordPress 2.6 will be installed with remote publishing turned off. I.e. you wont be able to use Windows Live Writer or UseShots Editor on new out-of-the-box WordPress installations.
Don’t panic. It’s easy to turn the remote publishing back on.
Note: If you are upgrading an existing blog to WordPress 2.6 you don’t have to do anything - remote publishing will still be available.
Settings / Writing
Log in to WordPress admin panels. Click Settings, then Writing.
Scroll down to the Remote Publishing section and enable the XML-RPC option. (Some software might also neen the “Atom Publishing Protocol”).
If you don’t turn the remote publishing on, you will see the following error when you try to publish your articles: “405: XML-RPC services are disabled on this blog. An admin user can enable them at http://your-site-domain.com/blog/wp-admin/options-writing.php“. Just copy and paste the address into your browser’s address bar, log in to your blog, and turn on the remote publishing.
Do I need to upgrade to WordPress 2.6?
Yes, it’s a good idea to upgrade as soon as WordPress 2.6 is officially released. Don’t let hackers enough time to find vulnerabilities in your WordPress 2.5.1 blog. With the new version, your blog will be more secure. And if you are still using more old versions, you definitely should upgrade.
Warning: If you are upgrading a compromised blog, your WordPress 2.6 will also be compromised.
So, before the upgrade, make sure your existing WordPress blog is not compromised. You can use the WordPress Exploit Scanner to search the files and database of your website for signs of suspicious activity, or, if you don’t want to install anything, try the Unmask Parasites online service to check your web pages for hidden malicious content.