So, the latest release of WordPress came out yesterday:
On behalf of the WordPress.org community of commiters, contributers, and volunteers, I’m very proud to announce the immediate availability of WordPress 2.1 “Ella”, named for jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Here’s a sampling of what’s in the new version:
- Autosave makes sure you never lose a post again.
- Our new tabbed editor allows you to switch between WYSIWYG and code editing instantly while writing a post.
- Our completely redone visual editor also now includes spell checking.
- 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.
- Redesigned login screen from the Shuttle project.
- More AJAX to make custom fields, moderation, deletions, and more all faster. My favorite is the comments page, which new lets you approve or unapprove things instantly.
- Pages can now be drafts, or private.
- Our admin has been refreshed to load faster and be more visually consistent.
- The upload manager lets you easily manage all your uploads pictures, video, and audio.
- A new version of the Akismet plugin is bundled.
I upgraded this morning and love it already! Technosailor has a great rundown of 10 of the new features.
For your information, I’ve never followed the proper steps in upgrading WordPress. All I do is steps 3 and 4:
Step 3: Overwrite Files
Get the latest and greatest WordPress (http://wordpress.org/download) and upload it to the WordPress directory, overwriting all the files that exist there (do not overwrite your wp-content directory or wp-config.php). What if something goes wrong, you ask? Well, did you not create a backup of all files in Step 1? You can fall back upon them in the worst case scenario. Deleting your old files on the server and uploading the newer files from the new version you downloaded is an alternative which will ensure that the files on the server have been replaced for sure.
Step 4: Run the upgrade script
Visit your blog’s Upgrade Page ( http://example.com/wordpress/wp-admin/upgrade.php ) and follow the instructions that are displayed.
…Which may not always be the best idea, but it normally works out for me.
Anyway, right off the bat, I’m loving the new way to add hyperlinks and images. Instead of having a new window popout, the form pops up within the editor using some sort of AJAXey technology, I think.
Some of the text styling in the admin area is a bit wierd looking, but I’ll manage.
I’ve always loved WordPress and I’m really excited about what they have in store for the future:
More exciting for most of our users, though, is our new development cycle. Based on everything we’ve learned in the past 3 years of doing WordPress, we’ve decided to shift to a more frequent release schedule like Ubuntu, with major releases coming several times a year. So, for the first time in WordPress’ history, I have an answer to when the next version is coming out: April 23rd.
Even better, the development will be driven primarily by the features you guys are voting for on the ideas board. (But wait, there’s more: the ideas board now has a new Hot-or-Not-like interface for rating a bunch of ideas at once, so go get your vote on and have a say in WordPress 2.2.)