Top 10 WordPress 2.9 Features You Should Know

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 and as a free self-hosting version at

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 FeedbackBetter 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.

Although it needs my attention now with many new plugins I use, Top WordPress Plugins has been the most popular article in ShanKrila and I hope you will enjoy it too.

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8 Responses to “Top 10 WordPress 2.9 Features You Should Know”

  1. Travis October 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    Doesn’t WP already allow the [gallery] shortcode? Is it different somehow?

  2. Andrea_R October 21, 2009 at 3:00 pm #

    Just a note, the gallery shortcode has actually been in there for a while. 🙂 possibly since 2.7 (I’d have to double-check.)
    .-= Andrea_R´s last blog ..WordCamp New York =-.

  3. K October 21, 2009 at 4:32 pm #

    oops.. true that! Just becuase i haven’t used it doesn’t mean it’s new right! It’s gone now. 🙂

  4. Phaoloo October 26, 2009 at 3:54 am #

    Nice roundup! I should use them when I move to WordPress.
    .-= Phaoloo´s last blog ..8 Free Tools To Recover Your Lost Password Stored In Popular Applications =-.


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