On Thursday November 13, 2008, a group of OpenX publishers gathered in the beautiful Laranjezaal at the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam for the first ever OpenX community event in The Netherlands. In addition to Dutch users, there were also delegates from France, Austria and Monaco. I had the privilege of hosting the event, organized in close cooperation with OpenX.org London.
Earlier in the week, OpenX version 2.6.3 was released. This upgrade is all about fixing bugs and introducing small enhancements. The OpenX blog has a link to the release notes and there is also a list of the 80+ changes that are part of this upgrade.
I’ve done a dozen upgrades from earlier versions to this one over the last few days, and the upgrade process is pretty smooth, since there are no changes in the database structure this time (unless you’re coming from OpenX 2.4). In any event, it’s always a good idea to follow a proven procedure for OpenX upgrades. If you’re interested, I can also do the upgrade for you. Check out my support request form.
Together with OpenX, I’m hosting the first OpenX community-led event on Thursday, 13th November in Amsterdam. It’s a free event and everyone is invited.
Judging by the registrations so far, on the day you will meet a really interesting mix of new and experienced OpenX users, along with people evaluating the software.
Today marks a special day for OpenX, because of the launch of two new offerings: OpenX Hosted and OpenX Market.
OpenX Hosted is a mostly free, hosted version of the well known ad server, available over the web, saving publishers from installing, configuring, maintaining, upgrading and worrying. OpenX Market is a new way for publishers to monetize their web site through an open market place of advertisers and publishers.
Earlier in the week, an important upgrade to OpenX 2.6 was released. This version 2.6.2 fixes a security issue that was reported a few days ago. Because of this, it’s very important that all users of OpenX 2.6 upgrade their installations. To download the new software, just go to the OpenX download page. I’ve posted a tip about how to do an OpenX upgrade earlier on this blog.
By the way, if you’re still running OpenX 2.4, it had an upgrade too, the most recent version is now 2.4.9, and you can download it from here. It fixes the same security issue.
Update: added link to OpenX blog post announcing this upgrade.
I’m very pleased to announce that the next OpenX community event will take place in Amsterdam, on Thursday, November 13, 2008. You’re all invited for an informative and fun day, to be held in the beautiful Laranjezaal of the Hortus Botanicus in our nation’s capital.
Using the newest version of OpenX, I was able to speed up a client’s website by a factor of 10. This tip describes how we used the single page call feature of OpenX 2.6 to do this.
This week saw the release of a new product from Google, their web browser Chrome.
I downloaded and installed Chrome and tried it out on a few sites and applications I use a lot. One of them, of course, is OpenX, and it works fine there. What I like is that you can create a so called ‘application short cut’ that sits as an icon on your desktop. When you click that icon, the browser opens with almost no clutter, so you get maximum work space for the application.
With the release of OpenX 2.6, many people will want to upgrade their OpenX (or Openads) system to be able to use all the exciting new features and user interface improvements. Not everybody, however, has the time, the skill or the experience to perform the upgrade themselves with confidence. I’m offering an Upgrade Service for this. For a fixed price, your OpenX software will be upgraded to the most recent stable version of OpenX 2.6.