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Chris Cardell

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.

Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress posted the update to his blog as well as the development blog, stating,

“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 2.7 Beta 1 was released 1 November this year, since then they’ve released Beta 2, Beta 3, RC1 and RC2 in quick succession before releasing the final version today, 11 December.

WordPress 2.7

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.

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2008 at 11:02 pm GMT. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.



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  • Pravee

    I’ve heard some good things about this new release. What annoys me slightly is how not absolutely everything is customizable, I know its asking a lot, but a lot of the comments I’ve seen say, you can move pretty much anything on the screen, this isn’t really the case. Still, great release.

  • http://www.medical-employment.net Gwendolyn Choo

    I’ve heard some good things about this new release. What annoys me slightly is how not absolutely everything is customizable, I know its asking a lot, but a lot of the comments I’ve seen say, you can move pretty much anything on the screen, this isn’t really the case.
    nice blog

    Regards
    Gwen

  • http://doeswhat.com Editor

    @Gwen

    The customisable aspect of WordPress 2.7 has been hyped up so much that it is a little disappointing how little of the visual aspects of the WordPress control panel are truly customisable.

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