WordPress 2.9 is coming soon and it’s time to see what we can expect from this release.
WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms and is available in a hosted version at WordPress.com and as a free self-hosting version at WordPress.org.
WordPress 2.9 is the next version in the recent updates and I am pretty excited for a few of the features in the release. But, it is not as exciting as the huge changes in WordPress 2.7 but again that’s why it is a release update and not a version upgrade to 3 yet.
But there is still a slew of new features in this release and let’s take a look at some of them.
WordPress 2.9 New Features
- Post Thumbnails – With a simple filter in the template file you can add a post thumbnail from an image in many views such as index, archives, etc easily
- Image Editing – You can do basic image editing like rotate, crop, flip, etc right from your WordPress admin = faster blogging experience
- Media embeds – Easily embed videos from YouTube, Google Video, DailyMotion or any service that uses oEmbed standard in your posts. (Think Viper’s Video Quicktags plugin)
- Trash Status – Deleted posts, pages, comments are moved to a trash for you to recover quickly if you accidentally delete them
- Comment metadata – This basically means you (or a plugin) can do cool things with your comments data such as displaying popular comments, etc.
- User Registration via XMLRPC – You can now enable user registration through a XMLRPC client
- Gallery Shortcode – You can easily add a gallery attached to a post with a shortcode such as [ gallery ] It’s not new – Thanks Travis & Andrea
- Better Feedback – Better feedback on publishing of future posts and pages
- Plugin/Theme Editor Enhancement – Your scroll position is saved in plugin and theme editor which means no more trying to find the line you just edited!
- Auto Repair Tables – Added means of automatically repairing tables
- Canonical – Support for rel=Canonical for singular pages (Canonical?)
As you can see, as usual this WordPress update has a nice set of new features. I know some of us love frequent updates and new features and some of us hate it as it means frequent website updates.
Automatic upgrade introduced lately has been a great help for many (as long as you make a database and file system backup beforehand) and I have hardly seen any upgrade failure in the many WordPress upgrades my wife has been doing for her clients.
[via Dougal Campbell]