Just last Tuesday (July 15th), WordPress released version 2.6 of their blogging platform.  If you have a WordPress blog, but you aren’t sure if you want to upgrade it or not, then I hope that I can help you with your decision.  Below, I have compiled a list of the new features that this version has to offer, so that you can make your own decision of if you want to update or not.

1. Post Revisions

One of the best new features (in my opinion) is Post Revisions.  Let’s say that you made a big mistake when you were writing a post (like deleting all of the content or something else big), and then you ally saved it without fixing the problem.  In earlier versions of WordPress, you would just have to go and fix the problem manually, which could take you forever.  But in version 2.6, when you scroll down to the bottom of a page when editing a post, you will see a new section named Post Revisions.  In this section, you can view, compare, and restore previous revisions.  Never worry about losing your work again!

2. Theme Previewer

Another good new feature is the Theme Previewer.  As you can guess from the title, this feature lets you preview your themes without having to apply them to your site first.  Not only that, but it even puts your own content into the preview so that it looks exactly like what your users would see.

3. Press This!

The new “Press This!” feature lets you post about articles that you find on the internet.  In the post editing page, on the right-hand sidebar, there is a section labeled Shortcuts.  Under this, you will see some text and then a link named “Press This”.  Save this link to your bookmarks by clicking and dragging it to your bookmarks folder, or by right-clicking on it and selecting “Bookmark this link”.  Now whenever you’re surfing the web and you find a blog post you like, all you have to do is press the “Press This” link in your bookmarks, and it will take you to a new blog post where you can write about the post you found, and add text, photos, and videos that are on the original post page.

4. Image Captions

When you’re writing a post to your blog and you want to insert a picture into it, but you want to be able to tell the user what the picture is representing, then the new Image Captions feature is just the right thing for you.  All you have to do is click the “Add an Image” button above your post, select the picture you want to insert, add a title, and then type your description into the box labeled “Caption”.  When you view your new blog post, you will see your picture along with its description below it.

5. Activate/Deactivate Multiple Plugins

In previous versions of WordPress, when you wanted to activate or deactivate multiple plugins, you had to do each of them separately, which, combined with page reloads, took quite a long time.  But now, in version 2.6, you can activate/deactivate multiple plugins all at the same time.  Just check the plugins that you want to modify, hit the “Activate” or “Deactivate” buttons, and voila!  They are all modified!

6. Many more smaller features

Above, I have mentioned some of the major features that come with this new version of WordPress.  But that’s not all!  There are many more smaller features, some of which are as follows.

  • Word Count is displayed alongside the post editor.
  • Gallery Sorting allows you to sort your pictures in stead of having them be in the same order that you uploaded them in.
  • Avatar Display gives you more options for displaying avatars in discussions, such as using gravatars, identicons, and more.
  • Shift + Click Selection lets you Shift + Click to select a line of posts/pages for editing.
  • TinyMCE 3.1 Support
  • Newest Jquery Support
  • Google Gears for offline support.

And more!  I hope that this post has helped you to decide to upgrade to WordPress 2.6, and has shown you some of the benefits of doing so.

Until next time, keep designing!

Update: There is a new version of WordPress out!  You can read my review of it at the WordPress 2.7 article.