Posted May 16, 2007 10:12 am by with 7 comments

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If, like me, you haven’t yet upgraded your WordPress blog to version 2.1, don’t bother. You can pass “go”, collect $200 and go straight to version 2.2.

The new version fixes more than 200 bugs and includes lots of new user features. According to the WordPress official blog, here’s what you’re getting:

  • WordPress Widgets allow you to easily rearrange and customize areas of your weblog (usually sidebars) with drag-and-drop simplicity. This functionality was originally available as a plugin Widgets are now included by default in the core code, significantly cleaned up, and enabled for the default themes.
  • Full Atom support, including updating our Atom feeds to use the 1.0 standard spec and including an implementation of the Atom Publishing API to complement our XML-RPC interface.
  • A new Blogger importer that is able to handle the latest version of Google’s Blogger product and seamlessly import posts and comments without any user interaction beyond entering your login.
  • Infinite comment stream, meaning that on your Edit Comments page when you delete or spam a comment using the AJAX links under each comment it will bring in another comment in the background so you always have 20 items on the page. (I know it sounds geeky, but try it!)
  • We now protect you from activating a plugin or editing a file that will break your blog.
  • Core plugin and filter speed optimizations should make everything feel a bit more snappy and lighter on your server.
  • We’ve added a hook for WYSIWYG support in a future version of Safari.

There’s also some new developer features, such as:

  • A new set of WordPress-specific XML-RPC APIs that allow…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Whoa, what happened? I must have fallen asleep. 😉 If you’re a developer, head on over to the WordPress blog for all the “developer stuff”.

  • Good news. I love new versions of things! Only problem is I have so many sites running on WordPress now that it’s going to be a substantial job to get them all upgraded !

  • Doh,

    I just upgraded all of my blogs to 2.1 yesterday…

  • I’m not sure if it will be a wide-spread problem but John Chow’s upgrade seemed to break his sidebar widgets. Like I said, not sure if will affect everyone but I figured I’d pass it along.

  • Ugh, upgrades. I’m upgrading 3 Drupal sites this week and now I feel impelled to upgrade the few WordPress sites I have. Perhaps I’ll wait a week or two and let the kinks get worked out (as they always seem to do in week 1 new releases) 😉

  • Old plugins may not work with new version. Remember to implement existing core changes after upgrade.

  • Any news on the tables that work well on Firefox not working well for IE?

  • Thanks for the update.