Don’t Upgrade To WordPress 2.6 Yet!Jul 15th, 2008 | By Rachit Dayal | Category: Copywriting, News & Updates, Technology Brands
A few hours ago, WordPress 2.6 was released as an official download on the wordpress website.
If you’ve a frantic WordPress user, then you’ll remember that WordPress 2.5 was released not too long ago (March 29th). That’s actually a fairly short upgrade cycle … but there are some welcome features …
There are some excellent updates to the WordPress CMS:
- Wiki-like Draft Saving – The ability to save all the drafts of every post you make. That way, if you don’t like the direction of your writing, you can compare older versions and use them instead. Very welcome features
- Post from wherever on the web – For example, you can post from a Youtube page and WP will automatically embed the video code. From a Flickr page, it will pull out the image URL. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this feature … I prefer fewer, but higher quality posts.
- Theme Previews – Instead of just posting a theme live, you can now preview it with all your existing content. There were a bunch of plugins that already did this, but it’s a really useful feature
- Word Count – Pretty good for mathematical posters and magazine style sites. Take a huge article from your magazine and break it up into multiple posts of equal length easily now.
- Image Captions – I never really missed captions so far … but now that they’re here, I don’t think I can live without them!
- Bulk Management of Plugins – I’m really excited about this one. What I’m hoping for is the ability to upgrade, enable, disable and delete multiple plugins at once.
- Several other minor features I haven’t tested out yet …
But here’s a word of warning – Dont’ upgrade yet. WordPress releases are notorious for needing security fixes and minor upgrades within days of major upgrades.
So, WordPress 2.6 went live on July 15th. Give it a good two weeks. In that time, there will be a WordPress 2.6.1 if required. And most of the plugins you use will be tested to see if they can work with this version. Then it’s a good time to upgrade.
In the meantime, as I’d advise all my clients … just focus on more useful content creation. The technology is secondary. Oh, and watch the video below for an introduction of WordPress 2.6
And if you’re really really keen to test this out, go ahead and set up a testing WordPress account. Test your theme and plugins to make sure everything works. And then check again!
In other news, my apologies for not posting often enough … been working hard on some excellent new websites – will post links and screenshots in a few days.