Improvements in WordPress 2.9

Date: December / 18 / 2009 + Comments: 0

A major upgrade to WordPress has been released, the 2.9 version (codename Carmen). It brings the following improvements:

  1. Global undo with the help of a trash bin. If you accidentally delete a post or comment you can bring it back from the Trash. This also eliminates those annoying “are you sure” messages on every delete.
  2. Built-in image editor allows you to crop, edit, rotate, flip, and scale your images.
  3. Batch plugin update and compatibility checking, which means you can update multiple plugins at once, and the new compatibility data gives you a better idea of whether your plugins are compatible with new releases of WordPress.
  4. Just paste a video URL on its own line and have it magically turn it into the proper embed code, with Oembed support for YouTube, Daily Motion, Blip.tv, Flickr, Hulu, Viddler, Qik, Revision3, Scribd, Google Video, Photobucket, PollDaddy, and WordPress.tv (and more in the next release).

Improvements for the Developers

WordPress 2.9 includes several code improvements under the hood, here’s just a sampling:

  • rel=canonical support for better SEO.
  • Automatic database optimization support, which you can enable in your wp-config.php file by adding define(‘WP_ALLOW_REPAIR’, true);.
  • Themes can register “post thumbnails” which allow them to attach an image to the post, especially useful for magazine-style themes.
  • New comment meta table that allows arbitrary key/value pairs to be attached to comments, just like posts, so you can now expand greatly what you can do in the comment framework.
  • Custom post types have been upgraded with better API support so you can juggle more types than just post, page, and attachment. (More of this planned for 3.0.)
  • You can set custom theme directories, so a plugin can register a theme to be bundled with it or you can have multiple shared theme directories on your server. This is useful for Blog Networks.
  • TinyMCE WYSIWYG editing and Simplepie have been upgraded.

And the best of all improvements:

(*) When you are editing files in the theme and plugin editors it remembers your location and takes you back to that line after you save. (F**K YEAHHH!!!!)

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Post author: Daniel Semper

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