WordPress 2.7 Released

It’s out and you can get it here.

Words to the wise:

  • There are some issues with Image Handling which have not been resolved.  These issues appear to be related to server setup, and not the actual code, but sites where images handling worked on 2.6.5 may find that it is broken in 2.7 – like this site. (Update:  yes, image thumbnailing is working for me now – it appears it’s finicky on large size images and doens’t like some formats.  Not a bug.)
  • In order to take advantage of the new comments threading feature you’re going to need to make changes to you theme.  You can either grab the comments.php bit out of a 2.7 compliant theme or follow the steps outlined here
  • Many plugins have been found to cause problems.  I suggest turning off everything you can and then turning your plugins on one by one to see if they break things, or if they cause general slowness. There is a good list here.
  • If you’ve customized your admin console be sure you test prior to upgrade. There have been substantial changes and the way they implement hooks in Admin has changed. 

Otherwise, the system appears to be pretty solid, and once again has made moves towards becoming more of a Content Management System (CMS) than Blogging Software.

WordPress 2.7 Coming Soon

I’ve been doing some testing with beta versions of the new WordPress 2.7, which has a very extensive redesign of the Admin console. Yeah, you read that right, the admin console is being redesigned again, even though it was just redone in 2.5 which came out very recently.

The good news is that they’ve really done a wonderful job on the admin console.  As much as I have been saying that WordPress is trully a content management system, they are really delivering on that promise.  A few of the updates to the system I really like:

 

  • Autoupdate moves from a plugin to core functionality – the biggest problem I see is blogs that are way out of date.  Hopefully they will also give those of us that run in controlled environments (ie, the sites I engineer) a way to turn if off as well to avoid accidental updates before our QA process is complete.
  • Threaded comments – I’ve been waiting for this for years.  Threaded comments will allow us to respond directly to commenters, instead of having our reply appear serially as just another comment.
  • Reply/Edit Comments in Admin – another good one that’s well overdue.
  • Ajax Expand/Contract in Admin – there are windows in the manage/write windows that I never use, yet they are always open and always, essentially, in my way.  Now I can easily close them and have them stay closed.
  • Drag and drop in Dashboard and Post Screen – finally I get it my admin pages the way I want them, not the way WordPress says I should have them.
  • Sticky posts – another “why the heck wasn’t that in there three years ago” feature.  We can now force the system to keep a certain post at the top of the list.  This is great for announcements, etc.
So set aside a little time next week for your upgrade.  It’s supposed to be ready on Monday, so assume it’s released by mid-week.  You’re gonna love this.

WordPress 2.6.3 Released, and Issues with Auto Upgrade

The folks at Automattic today released WordPress 2.6.3 which is a minor security patch to the Snoopy script they use for displaying rss feeds in the admin area.  Not an utterly crucial upgrade, but one you might want to take just to be sure your secure.  The upgrade took me 5 minutes using the auto upgrade plugin.

One issue that I noticed while using the auto upgrade plugin, which was also upgraded, was that the script failed repeatedly on the database backup step.  I was forced to skip that step (I used the database backup plugin to grab one).  If you find you have the same issue, you may want to skip that step as well.  Just be sure to get a db backup (and you should be getting those weekly!).

Now’s probably a good time to mention that we’ve got another major WordPress Upgrade on the way, 2.7, which should be here in November.  Again, there will be major changes in the Admin area as they clean it up even more and make it more useful for us.  For an overview of the new Admin UI, have a look here.

So what’s the 2.7 upgrade mean to you?  Basically it’s going to provide a more logically oriented admin area, and one in which we’ll better be able to build upon into the future.  As I’ve said before, WordPress is not longer just blog software, it has become a full fledged open source content management package, and this is yet another move in that direction.

On another front, Automattic will also be releasing the 1.0 level version of BBPress, their forum package which provides tight integration with WordPress. I’m particularly interested in this package, as I work with BBPress on almost a daily basis, but honestly, the feature list doesn’t even approach that of vBulletin or even Simple Machines.  Still, I’m hopeful for a vast improvement over the 0.9 code stream.

David Churbuck on WordPress Auto Update – the Killer Feature

I installed the autoupdate plugin on David Churbuck’s blog yesterday and this morning he used it to update the software in a couple minutes.  This is truly delivering on the promise of the blog, a simple content management system which non-technical users can manage themselves.

From his post:

About one minute, a simple, straightforward set of questions, and ta-da, I am up to date with the latest verison. Gratitude aside, this auto update is a big step towards making WordPress the defacto opensource content management system for the world, taking out the technical/sysadmin barrier to entry that makes self-hosting so challenging for people like myself, who don’t have the time or cause to get good at the essentials of open source LAMP based hosting.

I love WordPress.

It’s an absolutely awesome plugin and I recommend everyone use it if you’re running as a solo blogger (on group blogs, auto-update is problematic).

WordPress has released a feature list for it’s 2.7 release (November) and one of them has me very excited:  Threaded Comments!  I really think this is going to be a huge boon to heavily commented blogs and is one of those features we’ve sorely missed for years.