WordPress · January 23, 2007 0

WordPress 2.1 is born…

WordPress LogoThe long wait is finally over. WordPress “Ella” 2.1, named after the famed jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald has been announced publicly just a couple of hours back.

This was certainly a very nice way to start the day. I’d just sat down with a steaming cup of tea and fired up my browser, when my news aggregator (FeedReader) popped up a message from one of my acquaintance’s blog regarding a post that outlined the upgrade process to WordPress 2.1. I was so totally taken aback !!! To be honest I wasn’t expecting it anytime before the month-end and in light of the last few security patches, I had even begun doubting whether it would be on schedule. Nevertheless, this came as a very pleasant surprise.

Going through the upgrade story I figured that most of the old plug-ins are still compatible with it and shouldn’t present any problems. I plan to perform the upgrade ASAP. Meanwhile, here’s a list of the goodies that comes bundled with the new version.

  • Autosave makes sure you never lose a post again.
  • New tabbed editor allows you to switch between WYSIWYG and code editing instantly while writing a post.
  • The lossless XML import and export makes it easy for you to move your content between WordPress blogs.
  • Completely redone visual editor also now includes spell checking.
  • New search engine privacy option allows you take you to indicate your blog shouldn’t ping or be indexed by search engines like Google.
  • You can set any “page” to be the front page of your site, and put the latest posts somewhere else, making it much easier to use WordPress as a content management system.
  • Much more efficient database code, faster than previous versions. Domas Mituzas from MySQL went over all the queries with a fine-toothed comb.
  • Links in your blogroll now support sub-categories and you can add categories on the fly.
  • Redesigned login screen from the Shuttle project.
  • More AJAX to make custom fields, moderation, deletions, and more all faster. The comments page now lets you approve or un-approve things instantly.
  • Pages can now be drafts, or private.
  • Admin has been refreshed to load faster and be more visually consistent.
  • The dashboard now instantly and brings RSS feeds asynchronously in the background.
  • Comment feeds now include all the comments, not just the last 10.
  • Better internationalization and support for right-to-left languages.
  • The upload manager lets you easily manage all your uploads pictures, video, and audio.
  • A new version of the Akismet plugin is bundled.

There you go.. 🙂 Terrific work from the guys at WordPress. Keep it up, yo !!

What are you waiting for ?? Go grab it