WordPress 2.6 Is Out


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Matt just posted on the WordPress Development blog announcing that version 2.6 is available for download. The main novelties are the possibility to track changes in posts now (wiki style), the possibility to blog from around the web and the integration with Google Gears. Minor changes include:

  • Word count! Never guess how many words are in your post anymore.
  • Image captions, so you can add sweet captions like Political Ticker does under your images.
  • Bulk management of plugins.
  • A completely revamped image control to allow for easier inserting, floating, and resizing. It’s now fully intagrated with the WYSIWYG.
  • Drag-and-drop reordering of Galleries.
  • Plugin update notification bubble.
  • Customizable default avatars.
  • You can now upload media when in full-screen mode.
  • Remote publishing via XML-RPC and APP is now secure (off) by default, but you can turn it on easily through the options screen.
  • Full SSL support in the core, and the ability to force SSL for security.
  • You can now have many thousands of pages or categories with no interface issues.
  • Ability to move your wp-config file and wp-content directories to a custom location, for “clean” SVN checkouts.
  • Select a range of checkboxes with “shift-click.”
  • You can toggle between the Flash uploader and the classic one.
  • A number of proactive security enhancements, including cookies and database interactions.
  • Stronger better faster versions of TinyMCE, jQuery, and jQuery UI.
  • Version 2.6 fixes approximately 194 bugs.

As you can see there were some security and bug fixes also, so I recommend that you upgrade as soon as you can.

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23 Responses to “WordPress 2.6 Is Out”

  • Mark LaFlamme

    Yeah, I’ve been poking around the various sites and forums searching for someone with a familiar problem. So far, nothing. Very discouraging because it looks like the plugin works magic. I guess I should take solace in that it didn’t damage might sight, just fails to effect it at all.

  • datter

    @Mark LaFlamme: For me the Automatic Upgrade pluging worked straight out of the box. I just installed the plugin and clicked auto upgrade and away it went as advertised. Maybe an email to the plugin creator, or maybe look around the authors blog to see if anyone else is having the same trouble. It’s well worth sorting out, and honestly I can’t see why something like it isn’t included as part of the base WordPress install.

  • Mark LaFlamme

    I would absolutely love to use one of the quick and easy plugins for upgrades. However, neither Instant Upgrade or Automatic Upgrade will work for me. Both are mean little teases. They get all the way through the process, appear to be loading and then…. nothing. Just a blank page and infuriating reminders to upgrade. Seems like the same quirk must be behind failures with both plugins but damned if I can find it. If any of you have had the same problems, I’d love to hear how you worked it out.

  • blueyez

    remember allways to backup your wp directory and mysql db before upgrading to onther version

    plugins can have issues, themes bugs… and u will crush your website down for nothing

  • Emir

    Well I upgraded my blog yesterday and as far as I can say it has a bug with the plugin section.
    After I upgraded I saw that a plugin needs to be upgraded as well and also I realised that I’m not using that plugin often and decided to delete it without upgrading it so I deleted the plugin and now I had to live with a bubble at my dashboard which is telling me 1 plugin needs to be upgraded but there is no such plugin.
    Hope they could solve this soon.

  • datter

    ^ Then use the auto updater mentioned above.

  • G

    I hate upgrading -.-

  • Helen

    Looks good, I think in conjunction with Glyphius my site will be set for a while.

  • Kathy

    I installed 2.6 today and for some reason, when I “approve” a comment it won’t “stick”. So I have comments in perpetual “unapproved” status.

    I sure hope it’s not my beloved Comment Luv plugin that’s causing the problem.

  • Rajaie AlKorani

    Saw a really nice video on ProBlogger that highlighted all the new features of this version, but I think I’ll just wait for a while before updating.

  • Adam Pieniazek

    I avoided 2.5 due to all the problems I heard people having with it, and due to personal problems I had with a 2.5 install on a demo site but the list of features for 2.6 sounds too good to pass up.

  • Cory from Dental Heroes

    I’ve never had issues upgrading, with the exception of a some plugins no longer being compatible. I’m a little hesitant to upgrade to 2.6 until I know that my plugins are supported. For now, I’m happy with 2.5.1.

  • 1 without a name

    There’s 1 reason why i hate this frequent updates…

    English is the language that my blog uses and it always takes ages to get the updated langpack :/

    And I just cant use wp without it. Well I myself wouldn’t have any problems with it, but my co-bloggers and readers would.

    Maybe someday…

  • datter

    Mind the typos in my above post, I’m in a bit of a hurry.

  • Mike Panic

    I really wish they’d stop with all these updates and stick to a bi-monthly release, where the updates where larger. It’s such a pain to upgrade every other week (or so it seems) and they keep drasticly changing the admin panel. I haven’t updated one of my blogs in well over a year because the staff of writers I have would scream at me for the back-end changing, they just finally got used to using what they are on now.

  • Arjen

    I’ve just downloaded and installed the new version and it works fine for me. WordPress is so great!

  • datter

    Think I’m staying with 2.5, last upgrade did not go well for me if I recall correctly.

  • DeBlog

    Google XML Sitemaps gave me an error while trying to publosh or to deleta a post… I had to deacvtivate it… not cool 😐

  • SEO Genius

    Yep just downloaded it, thanks Dan 🙂

  • Gilberto Galea

    Great, for now the most prudent is wait to see that really work, and is better to upgrade. Mean it work fine with your plugin, and compatible with your content.
    Thanks, by the tip.

  • Vygantas

    I am sure it will su*k 🙂

    Happy with 2.3

  • Technotip.org

    I had read this news of WordPress 2.6 release from today morning.
    But never knew that, there are so many features in it.

    Anyway, thanks for letting us know this Daniel.

  • LiviuX

    It looks good.

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