This release was intended mainly to provide a quick fix for a problem that some users encountered after installing yesterday’s release, 2011.1018. Users whose web hosting environments have the curl module for PHP installed got an important new feature — the ability to set usernames and passwords on feeds to use with HTTP Basic or HTTP Digest authentication. Users who didn’t have the curl module unfortunately got a bug, which caused error messages like “WP HTTP Error: There are no HTTP transports available which can complete the requested request.” to pop up. If you’ve been seeing an error message like that, this release should hopefully fix your problem.
While I had my hands in the code, I went ahead and did some general work to improve the interface and better generalize the HTTP authentication feature for users who do not have the curl module installed. (Most web hosts install it, but not all.) You should hopefully now find the process of adding an authenticated feed much more natural: just put the URL into the Subscribe box and tell FeedWordPress to check it out; when FWP detects that the feed requests login credentials, it will come back and suggest that you enter a username and password before subscribing. When you enter the credentials and re-check the feed, FeedWordPress will allow you to subscribe and immediately set up those credentials for future feed updates. I hope it should all be fairly straightforward, but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Here’s the official changelog for this release:
BUGFIX: “THERE ARE NO HTTP TRANSPORTS AVAILABLE” ERROR FIXED: The initial
support for HTTP Basic and Digest authentication in version 2011.1018
contained a bug that could cause HTTP requests for feeds or for other
WordPress resources to break down if you do not have the PHP curl module
installed. This bug has been fixed, and these errors should no longer
IMPROVED HTTP AUTHENTICATION SUPPORT: In addition, the HTTP Authentication
support in FeedWordPress has been extended, to ensure that Basic
authentication is available in many web host configurations, and to allow
you to add a username and password for a feed immediately when you
subscribe to it.
As always, if you notice any problems, have any questions, need any help, or just want to say “Hi,” don’t hesitate to drop me a line via e-mail or through the comment form.
Please remember that your ongoing gifts to the project tip jar, besides being immensely kind, and very much appreciated, are also what make it possible for me to take out the time for ongoing development, timely fixes, and support for the FeedWordPress project.
Now get on out there and check out the new release.