WordPress 2.6 released… a month ahead of schedule

WordPress Logo Peel Those guys at WordPress are really at it!! They’ve been churning out code like crazy 😀 As a result, the all new WordPress 2.6 has been officially released – a month ahead of schedule!

Here’s a quick rundown of the latest features…

  • Post revisions – WordPress 2.6 features Wiki-like tracking of edits, in effect acting like a version control system. This comes in real handy in case you want to nullify any mistakes and go back to a prior version of the post.
  • Press This! bookmarklet – Inspired by the quick-bookmarking buttons that are a part and parcel of almost all social media / network sites, this new bookmarklet lets you embed blog posts, YouTube videos, Flickr images etc. into your blog post at the click of a button.
  • Google Gears Support – WordPress 2.6 now takes advantage of the Google Gears pack to give you that ounce of extra juice that really speeds up your copy of WordPress while using the admin interface (by caching all CSS and JavaScript files locally). More on this to come in future versions…
  • Live Theme Previews – Earlier on you were required to activate a theme before you could see it in action on your site. Not so anymore. You can preview the theme live, without activating it and letting the world see it concurrently.

Among the lesser (smaller) improvements are…

  • Word count! Never guess how many words are in your post anymore.
  • Image captions, so you can add sweet captions like Political Ticker does under your images.
  • Bulk management of plugins.
  • A completely revamped image control to allow for easier inserting, floating, and resizing. It’s now fully integrated with the WYSIWYG.
  • Drag-and-drop reordering of Galleries.
  • Plugin update notification bubble.
  • Customizable default avatars.
  • You can now upload media when in full-screen mode.
  • Remote publishing via XML-RPC and APP is now secure (off) by default, but you can turn it on easily through the options screen.
  • Full SSL support in the core, and the ability to force SSL for security.
  • You can now have many thousands of pages or categories with no interface issues.
  • Ability to move your wp-config file and wp-content directories to a custom location, for ‘clean’ SVN checkouts.
  • Select a range of checkboxes with ‘shift-click.’
  • You can toggle between the Flash uploader and the classic one.
  • A number of proactive security enhancements, including cookies and database interactions.
  • Stronger better faster versions of TinyMCE, jQuery, and jQuery UI.

Here’s a brief video on the same…

Whew! That’s quite a list. I’m headed for the download page rightaway. I need to try it out, NOW! How about you?

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  • Cole says:

    Hmm.. The few things that really interest me are you lesser points! LOL Wordcount is definitely helpful. I wonder if the ‘improved’ image usage actually works? Many people have not been able to use the insertion utility at all in the more recent editions.

  • Geoserv says:

    I haven’t upgraded yet because of the issues other bloggers are having, makes me nervous.

    I’m going to wait a few more days before I do it.

  • ghing says:

    I already upgraded my my wordpress blog yesterday.. and I think it works good!..

  • @Cole: Yep! The Word Count is definitely useful. As for the improved image usage – I was happy enough with the earlier image insertion dialog. This one presents you with a whole bunch of extra options which many of us won’t use at all. However, ONE COOL addition here is image captioning. That can really make your day when it comes to writing a long tutorial with a bunch of images. Can be of immense help to photobloggers too.

    Some of the features are a bit hard to spot though… for example I couldn’t figure out how to make Google Gears work with WP, till I sat back and watched the video. The Turbo link in the top right corner that enables Gears usage isn’t all that visible and should have been placed elsewhere.

    Same for the Post Revision feature – I had to hunt for it quite a bit. My point is the newer stuff should be made more visible… somehow.

    Also liked the Plug-in update notification bubble that tells you the number of plug-ins that need to be updated.

    @Geoserv, ghing: I had installed it on the day of release and haven’t encountered any problems so far. What kind of issues did you / the others face?


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  • Marc says:

    I was wondering if you ever resolved your issue w/WP and the garbled text thing: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/152299?replies=1

    I am currently having the same issue now after the recently release/upgrade.

    Any feedback would be appreciated.


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