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Five things that rock in WordPress 2.8

Before anything else: as of today, WordPress 2.8 is in beta. That means that it’s not a stable release yet, and therefore not appropriate to use for your important blogs. Things might be buggy. Things might stop working. So unless you like living on the edge, install 2.8 only to play around with- or, if you’re a developer, for testing your new themes and plugins.

That said, I installed 2.8 beta 2 on a test blog today, and it rocks. Here are five things I love about it:

New Template Tag: the modified author
If you run a blog with multiple authors who regularly modify posts, you’ll love this. It basically allows you to display the name of the last person who modified a particular post. Useful, too, if your blog has been around for a long time, and you’re updating someone else’s posts from years ago.

Instant Feed Links
It’s no secret that I adore feeds. One very awesome thing 2.8 does is automatically add feed links specific to the page being viewed. It does this for category archives, author archives- whatever your poison. This is great for your readers, who might want to subscribe to only a certain author’s posts on your blog.

Better Widget Management
I mean seriously better. See:

Wordpress Widget Manager

The drag-n-drop is smooth (even on my Safari, where I always had trouble before), and the new design just makes more sense.

Better Javascript Loading
Does anyone not use javascript these days? WordPress 2.8 gives you the delightful ability to add javascript includes at the bottom of your pages. Why is this delightful? Because it ultimately means faster page loading times- always a good thing. You can learn more about the changes here.

Better Theme Installer
This one’s my favorite. Have a look at the screenshot below:

Wordpress Theme Installer

That’s right, you can search through themes according to color, columns, width, etc.- and basically spend hours finding just the perfect theme for your blog.

Have you installed WordPress 2.8? What do you like/hate about it?


  1. By Valentino posted on June 1, 2009 at 6:56 pm
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    ..and don’t forget the custom taxonomy!

    http://justintadlock.com/archives/2009/05/06/custom-taxonomies-in-wordpress-28

  2. By Lorraine Nepomuceno posted on June 2, 2009 at 4:09 am
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    Valentino- the new custom taxonomies do indeed rock. Thanks for the link to that blog post, very useful- and I enjoyed his other WordPress-related posts as well.!

  3. By mike posted on June 4, 2009 at 9:13 pm
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    oooOOOOooo…. looks really promising and i totally dig the modified author feature. now, if someone screwed up my page/post, i’ll know who it was, muahahahaha! i do have an off-topic question, how would you stack up WP 2.8 to EE 1.6.7?

  4. By Lorraine Nepomuceno posted on June 5, 2009 at 9:49 am
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    @mike, I haven’t used Expression Engine in years- would be interested to hear how it stacks up as well.

  5. By Pieter de Jong posted on June 6, 2009 at 8:09 pm
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    “the modified author” really brings me on some nice ideas.

  6. By Косомов posted on June 17, 2009 at 5:09 am
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    интересно.

  7. By nomad-one posted on June 19, 2009 at 7:48 pm
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    I love the latest version of WordPress, it took me less than a minute to upgrade and I found these improved features to be a great help so far.

    Be sure to check ur plugin compatibility though, and know that bugs are always lurking, so report them if you can.

  8. By Adriel Yapana posted on July 31, 2009 at 4:09 am
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    Hi Lorraine-

    How do you upgrade wordpress blog manually?

    I have version 2.5 but the automatic wordpress plugin doesn’t work.

  9. By Yulanda Sakowski posted on October 20, 2009 at 1:40 pm
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    Hola Guru, lo que convencerle para que publique un artículo. Este artículo fue muy interesante, sobre todo porque yo estaba buscando ideas sobre este tema el pasado jueves.

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