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Say hello to WordPress 2.8, or version “Baker” as they call it, named after noted trumpet player and vocalist Chet Baker. Living up to WordPress standards, there are many new features in this version, as well as over 790 bug fixes from the previous version.
Inline Theme Installation
In WordPress 2.7, a great new feature was released called “One-Click Plugin Installation”. Now this same idea has come to the themes section! No more do you need to download a theme, unzip it, upload it to your site, and activate it. Now you simply browse the theme gallery right from the dashboard, pick the theme you want, and press the “install” button. Bam – it’s up and running on your server! No hassle with zip files or uploading.
Editing template files (via the file editor in the dashboard) used to be dull black and white. Now, with the new CodePress editor, it comes to life with colorful syntax highlighting.
Previously, editing widgets was a pretty big hassle. If you had multiple sidebars, there was no easy way to get one widget from one sidebar to the other, and if you deleted a widget, you’d love all of its settings. If you wanted to use that same widget again, you’d have to reenter all of the settings that you had before.
WordPress 2.8 fixes both of these issues. Now you can see all of your sidebars on the same page (no need to edit, save, switch sidebars, edit, save) and drag and drop widgets between them. Also, if you set up a widget just the way you like it, and want to save it for later use, you can drag it to the “Inactive Widgets” area. If you need it again in the future, just drag it out from that area and into one of your sidebars.
The great new interface that was added in WordPress 2.7 gave you the option to drag and drop sections in the dashboard to suit your needs. Now, WordPress 2.8 gives you many more options for customization. Here are a few of them:
- You can specify if you want 1, 2, 3, or 4 columns on the dashboard.
- In the Posts and Pages sections, you can specify what info you want to be displayed, such as Author, Categories, Tags, etc.
- Also in the Posts and Pages sections, you can specify how many items you want to display per page.
Taking into account the new features in WordPress 2.8 Baker, I would strongly encourage you to download it and give it a spin yourself. If you already have 2.7, it’s as easy as pressing “Automatic Upgrade” in the admin.
As always, if you’re looking for information on the next version of WordPress (version 2.9), you can simply change the URL of the documentation from http://codex.wordpress.org/Version_2.8 to http://codex.wordpress.org/Version_2.9. There’s not much there yet, but there will be pretty soon!
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