WordPress 2.7… major release
Today WordPress released version 2.7 (aka “Coltrane”), a major release of the world’s favourite free open source PHP blogging platform. Why should you care? Firstly, if you blog with WordPress then you’ll want to upgrade due to improved and new features plus an enhanced design. If you don’t use WordPress then you may be interested to know that a significant proportion of blogs on the internet are powered by WordPress.
“Next you’ll begin to notice the new features subtly sprinkled through the new interface: the new dashboard that you can arrange with drag and drop to put the things most important to you on top, QuickPress, comment threading, paging, and the ability to reply to comments from your dashboard, the ability to install any plugin directly from WordPress.org with a single click, and sticky posts.”
WordPress also includes the ability to upgrade the software automatically. Instead of downloading the software, unpacking it and uploading it to the server, instead you can now press a single button. This was available before as an optional plugin but is now provided by default.
Over 150 people developed code directly for the project plus tens of thousands who contributed feedback. When adding some custom functions to WordPress we noticed how heavily commented this release is, previously very little code was described, now paragraphs of text explain in detail each function of the project.
WordPress.com is a blogging service similar to Google Blogger, whereas WordPress.org is the code itself which you can install you your own hosting (self-hosted). This really is the ultimate blogging platform and this release is a vast improvement on previous releases. If you don’t have hosting space then you may want to have a quick look at WordPress.com where you can host a blog absolutely free.