WordPress 2.1 Released – Blogging System Updated

wordpress21.jpgHello fellow bloggers around the world! WordPress have now released their latest version (2.1) with a ton of new features that should make our blogging experience better.

I will be holding off a while before I install here just to check compatibility as I have quite a few plugins installed, but looking at the feature list of WordPress 2.1 I am very impressed and can’t wait to try it.

Features include:

  • Autosave makes sure you never lose a post again.
  • Our new tabbed editor allows you to switch between WYSIWYG and code editing instantly while writing a post.
  • The lossless XML import and export makes it easy for you to move your content between WordPress blogs.
  • Our completely redone visual editor also now includes spell checking.
  • New search engine privacy option allows you take you to indicate your blog shouldn’t ping or be indexed by search engines like Google.
  • You can set any “page” to be the front page of your site, and put the latest posts somewhere else, making it much easier to use WordPress as a content management system.
  • Much more efficient database code, faster than previous versions. Domas Mituzas from MySQL went over all our queries with a fine-toothed comb.
  • Links in your blogroll now support sub-categories and you can add categories on the fly.
  • Redesigned login screen from the Shuttle project.
  • More AJAX to make custom fields, moderation, deletions, and more all faster. My favorite is the comments page, which new lets you approve or unapprove things instantly.
  • Pages can now be drafts, or private.
  • Our admin has been refreshed to load faster and be more visually consistent.
  • The dashboard now instantly and brings RSS feeds asynchronously in the background.
  • Comment feeds now include all the comments, not just the last 10.
  • Better internationalization and support for right-to-left languages.
  • The upload manager lets you easily manage all your uploads pictures, video, and audio.
  • A new version of the Akismet plugin is bundled.

If you are now using WordPress 2.1, feel free to let me know how you are getting along with it compared to the previous generation.

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5 thoughts on “WordPress 2.1 Released – Blogging System Updated

  • It’s unwise for me to promote the fact, but I’ve not gone about updating WP for some while. The changelog for 2.1 suggests to me it’s high time i did so, if only for the AJAX and:

    “You can set any “page” to be the front page of your site, and put the latest posts somewhere else, making it much easier to use WordPress as a content management system. ”


  • I’ve been put off by the blogroll/links thing, which has left me confused – I’ve seen so many adverse comments and problems posted. :(

    The template I use seems to be rather old too – created in 2005 I think, so I may have to find another template (or at least have another ready in case this one doesn’t work!). Pity, because I really like it. But I’ve only been using WP for a month, so I’m nod good at template-crunching yet.

    But once it’s installed, I’m sure I’ll wonder how I ever managed on 2.0.7 ;)

  • I am sure once new themes have been written specifically for this new version and the plug ins updated, we will never look back :)

    I am going to be testing this latest version on all my plugins this week to see how they do, but it will be a while before I actually update the live site.


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