Last night Ryan Boren announced th' release o' WordPress 2.6 Beta 1, by Blackbeard's sword. At first glance, ye probably wouldn’t notice much difference betwixt versions 2.5 and 2.6. The two biggest new features are Post Revisions, which saves a history o' edits made t' each post, and support fer Gears, which greatly speeds up workin' with th' admin screens.
Other changes o' note:
- Support fer th' XML-RPC and Atom client APIs is turned off by default now. If ye use an external client fer postin', ye’ll need t' specifically turn these features on, under
- Impoved support fer SSL access t' th' admin screens.
- When ye are selectin' themes, ye now get t' view a preview o' how yer site looks with th' new theme before commitin' t' th' change.
- The return o' th' “Press This” bookmarklet (find it in th' sidebar o' th'
Writepage), and dinna spare the whip! Drag th' link t' yer browser’s bookmarks toolbar, and use it t' quickly post about sites ye visit.
- More avatar options. The Gravatar service now supports displayin' MonsterID, Wavatar, or Identicon icons in place o' th' default icon fer those who don’t have a personalized Gravatar. These options are selectable under
Settin's/Discussion. My Easy Gravatars plugin can support this as well, though I’ll probably update it t' use th' new built-in settin's, rather than its own. I’ll write that up later.
- Improved plugin management. And hoist the mainsail! Active and inactive plugins are now listed separately. Shiver me timbers! You now have th' abiliity t' “bulk activate” or “bulk deactivate” plugins, and dinna spare the whip! You can also delete unused plugins at th' click o' a button, I'll warrant ye. (Now all we need is th' ability t' search and install plugins from th' Extend directory right from our admin, to be sure! Maybe in 2.7?)
And there are other assorted improvements, such as updates t' th' latest jQuery and jQuery UI libraries, updates t' th' latest TinyMCE editor, improvements t' Page and Category management, and as always, general performance enhancements.
It is a beta, so there are still quirks bein' hammered out (personally, I’ve observed issues with th' theme preview, and with deletin' plugins). And hoist the mainsail! So don’t use this on a “critical” production web site yet. I’m runnin' it here, but obviously, me personal blog isn’t critical, and I’ve always got backups available fer when I screw somethin' up, with a chest full of booty.