WordPress 2.6 released

WordPress 2.6 codenamed “Tyner” was released yesterday. This was quite a quick release by the wordpress team given that their previous version 2.5 was released not more than 3 months ago!

The new wordpress 2.6 includes many cool features as compared to v 2.5.1.
Some of the features are:

1. You can

track changes

to a post in a la Wikipedia manner. You can track the various changes, restore them and also compare the different versions! Its particularly very useful when you are running a collaborative blog i.e. with more then one authors.


“Press this” button

You can add a “Press this” bookmarklet to your browser’s tool bar and write a blog entry right from the page on which you find an interesting thing you think you should blog about by just pressing the “Press this” button. A pop-up will appear and you will be able to blog from right there and will be able to extract the photo or video from that page,if available.


“Turbo” charge your blog

Gears is an open source browser extension project started by Google that developers like us can use to give you features we wouldn’t normally be able to. There are a lot of things we can do with Gears in the future, but in this release we’ve stuck to using what’s called a “Local Server” to cache or keep a copy of commonly-used Javascript and CSS files on your computer, which can speed up the loading of some pages by several seconds (they just pop right up!). You can install Gears for Firefox or Internet Explorer, with support for Safari and Opera pending. WordPress works just fine without it, you just get a little extra juice when you have it installed.


Preview themes

You can now preview the themes before activating them so you can really experiment with your theme(s) before making the changes visible to your audience.


Image caption

WordPress 2.6 gives you an option to add a caption to your images.


Word count

You can now see the length of your posts while you are writing them.


Bulk management of plugins

Activate or de-activate plugins in bulk. Phew thats very important.

Other features are:

#A completely revamped image control to allow for easier inserting, floating, and resizing. It’s now fully integrated 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.

And oh, by the way BT-G.com: The Everything Blog has upgraded to the latest version 2.6 of wordpress. We were late to upgrade last time but very quick to do it this time.

If you wish to upgrade then follow these easy steps here. Or you could also use this excellent plugin: WordPress automatic upgrade.

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  2. Although this version was not suposed to make great changes in WP, I feel this small improvements will make the WP best-of-all blog system position even stronger. The adoption of Gears is great, even for me, who use Windows Live Writer to post. Now I consider start bolgging from the WP Writer page.

    PS: It’s curious that Blogger, that is a google service, does not uses Gears, and WP uses.

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