Let’s Welcome WordPress 2.7 Coltrane

After much anticipation, WordPress 2.7 dubbed Coltrane has been released today and is available for download.

There are a ton of new features available in WordPress 2.7. That means some of us geeks are going to jump up and down with excitement to be a part of this great Open Source community that isn’t afraid to push the envelope to get us the features we want (and some we don’t want) faster than ever.

This also means some of us are going to cringe at the thought of upgrading to the new version and the possibility of breaking your perfectly working site.

But, unlike previous WordPress releases, WordPress 2.7 offers some serious advantages to upgrade. Here are a few new features in WordPress 2.7:

  • Brand new Admin Interface to manage your WordPress easily – get tasks done in fewer clicks
  • Customization options to make the admin screen look like you want
  • QuickPress – for those quick posts you want to publish
  • Comment threading – a much awaited feature supported natively
  • Reply to Comments from Dashboard
  • Install any plugin directly from WordPress.org with a single click
  • Sticky Posts
  • Ability to customize Write page to have stuff that matters to you
  • Auto-upgrade for future WordPress releases.

That’s right, of all the features one reason that could sway you to upgrade to WordPress 2.7 might be that this will be the last time ever you manually upgrade WordPress!

Here is a visual demonstration of what WordPress 2.7 looks like:

As excited as I am about the new release, I will also be careful with the upgrade checking Plugin Compatibility, my theme compatibility, etc.

WordPress 2.7 Gotchas

I have been collecting resources for WordPress 2.7 and putting together a massive list of useful WordPress 2.7 links, articles. tips, theme development tutorials, theme compatibitlity articles, etc. {update – just published!}

If you are wondering about the WordPress 2.7 release name – Coltrane, WordPress has a tradition of naming it’s released after famous Jazz musicians and this release is for John Coltrane.

Download WordPress 2.7

Stay tuned.

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15 Responses to “Let’s Welcome WordPress 2.7 Coltrane”

  1. Aaron@HR Software December 11, 2008 at 12:50 pm #

    Absolutely amazing from an admin standpoint. Not only is it easier to use via the new admin interface, but the plugin upgrade/installation and auto upgrade should solve future problems as well.

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  2. A.Vlad December 11, 2008 at 2:01 pm #

    I wonder if there is a big difference comparing with 2.5

  3. Andy@christianonlinebusiness December 11, 2008 at 3:40 pm #

    Just found your blog. It is great to find someone who can talk about WordPress in a way I can understand. I have only been blogging for a few months and I am trying to learn everything I can. I will RSS you and keep up with what is going on.
    Do you think I, as a newbie wordpress blogger, should upgrade or wait for a while to see how things work out? I am afraid that if I have a problem I won’t know what to do.
    Thanks
    Andy Bacon

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  4. game-girl December 12, 2008 at 4:29 am #

    I know John Coltrane. This is the perfect name for the WordPress 2,7. _)

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  5. Kevin@Great Wall of China Facts December 12, 2008 at 8:54 pm #

    All of these updates are just going over my head. I am having trouble telling what the differences are!

  6. Evy December 14, 2008 at 11:09 pm #

    I hope wp 2.7 can solve another old problem on wp. This wp 2.7 faster than before in control panel. That’s one way click, but still in beta right.

    Evys last blog post..Learning from Spam

  7. fun info December 15, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    Im loving the new admin panel its far easier to use .. just go to go and upgrade all my blogs now :D

  8. game-girl December 27, 2008 at 3:01 am #

    The latest version of WordPress2.7 is available for download. This is a major update with new everything. I have just finished upgrading and it was smooth.

  9. Javier@Fowler January 2, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    Ah. Comment threading. From a blog reader’s point of view, it would be good to see more of that supported on the various blogs I visit. :)

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  10. diego@iphone 3g January 2, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    it looks great, i am at wordpress 2.6 right now, i will upgrade later.

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  11. Alley@Alkaline Water January 13, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    To be honest, the new interface took a little bit to get used to, as intuitive as it may be. But after playing with it a bit, I’m liking it a lot! I’m updating all my blogs to 2.7 now…little by little.

  12. The Water Filters February 17, 2009 at 5:12 am #

    I simply love the auto upgrade feature…for both wp itself as well as the plugins…simply a time saver and just a hassle-free way of doing things. kudos!

  13. Partnersuche February 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm #

    I’m also glad I upgraded from 2.3 to the new 2.7 Version. Faster, more comfortable and safer…

    I love the new Version and now installed it for all my WP blogs…

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