Posted December 11, 2008 11:58 am by with 16 comments

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Looks like we all received an early Christmas present this year! WordPress has released their latest build, codenamed “Coltrane.” From the minute you upgrade to 2.7 you’ll notice a major makeover. I’m normally not a fan of drastic changes in interfaces that I’ve been using for a long time, but Coltrane has won my heart. 

The dashboard has been completely redesigned, runs much faster and is fully customizable. You’re now able to drag and drop menu items where you want them. You can choose which items you want to show on your dashboard, and which ones you don’t. Additionally, you can complete just about any task from the convenience of your new dashboard. Anything from moderating and replying to comments, or writing and publishing a new post. There are also many bulk actions you can complete through the interface (i.e. bulk edit posts).

The goal of the new WordPress interface was to maximize usability with speed. The WordPress team spent a long time listening to their users feedback, and figuring out innovative ways to make their product easier and more convenient to use. The launch of this interface has really set the bar high for other blogging platforms. WordPress is already one of the top blogging platforms, but now it is leaps and bounds ahead of its competition. It is amazing to me that a product like this is free.

They also put together this great video that goes over the changes (and the narrator has an awesome accent!)

  • I’m really looking forward to using 2.7, but I may wait until any bugs get worked out in that first release… That and I want all my plugins to get updated first as well.

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  • Finally they made it I was using the 2.5 and didn’t want to go on 2.6 because of waiting the 2.7

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  • Anyone figure out that accent? English/Russian and American is my guess. 😉

  • Im always real weary to change something that’s not broke. You know the old adage, If it ain’t broke, yada yada. In this case though, I’ve heard some real good things and Im excited about dealing with the new and improved changes.

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  • The one i like wit this new wordpress 2.7 version are, we now have new feature called “quick post”, its very helpful for people who usually do quick blog not waisting their time. But it litle confused when first time i saw my new dashboard, i must learn again with this new environment.

  • Best got even better and nicer. Coltrane is something revolutionary from WordPress again.

  • Nice UI. I’d love to upgrade once it becomes available in my Cpanel Fantastico

    Saad Kamal’s last blog post..WordPress 2.7 Coltrane is Out

  • I’m usually a very late adopter when it comes to WP upgrades, but I’m hearing good things about this one.

  • There are a lot of good reviews coming up on this. I think that we can see a lot of upgrades in the near future.

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  • PS3

    @Andy, I was thinking French or Swiss?

  • Anyone experiencing problems with plugins, specifically those that need to be upgraded with no upgrades available, or other conflicts?

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  • I have far to often resisted upgrading because of it interfering with changes i have made. But i think that WP 2.7 is one of those updates that i was happy to make, on all of my blogs. Once i saw how much better it was and how easy the upgrade was i went ahead and have not looked back. Installing plug ins is easy, and most of the other changes are in relatively the same place really just on a different layout.

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