WordPress 2.7 is Sweet!
Being the impatient sod that I am, I decided to grab the public beta of WordPress that was released yesterday. I had tried to get a nightly build last week but the zip file was corrupted.
So, what’s the new version like? I have to say it’s pretty fine! Actually it’s better than that. It’s such a major improvement in the admin, and there’s plenty of nice new features built straight into it.
This is the best improvement of all. The Admin screen has been completely redesigned again, but for the better. The upgrade on WordPress 2.5 was nice but it had removed some of the great features from before, such as being able to drag your boxes around on the Write Post/Page screen, plus it put the categories for posting below the write post box which was annoying to say the least!
The new version has got the nice sleek design look of WP 2.5 however it also has the menu to the left with all options easily available – so we no longer need to install the drop down menus plugin 🙂 The dashboard is improved in that you can write a quick post directly from there (although that’s not something I’d probably use) or moderate your comments directly in it. However, the best improvement is on the Write page. Opening up Write Post, the categories box is back to the right of the content box where it should be! You can also drag your boxes around to change the order. To add to all this, there is a screen options link up top, which you can open up and select which boxes are hidden, afterall there’s always something you never use (bye bye Tags!).
You can move boxes around on a lot of the management pages, and also turn off selected boxes and sections on various pages too. This gives you so much more flexibility in how your admin appears and can remove the clutter that you just have no use for.
There are a few new features that have already caught my eye.
This is now built into the default installation. You can select whether you just want to download the latest version or allow it to upgrade automatically (note this doesn’t mean it’ll upgrade as soon as a release comes out, it just means that you can press a couple of buttons and it’ll upgrade right before your very eyes rather than you having to mess around with the FTP). I’ve used the Automatic Upgrade plugin and am guessing that this upgrader is built on that, or perhaps incorporates that into the default build.
Ever wanted a featured post, or a post that stays at the top of the front page until you say otherwise? Well that’s now an option too. In the Write Post page you can tick an additional box to make the post ‘sticky’ and it will stay at the top of the front page until you uncheck it. No more need for a hidden featured posts category or anything like that!
You now have several more options with comments. You can select when comments are closed on older posts if you want to. For example, if you wanted to allow comments for 3 months on individual posts but then have them closed then you could turn this setting on and set it to close comments after 90 days.
The option to have threaded comments is also available. This means if someone wants to reply to a specific comment they can do, and their reply will appear below (and indented) the comment they’ve replied to rather than at the bottom of the list. It’s potentially useful but I don’t know how confusing it could be or whether it would be used, although I have seen it on other sites, it just depends how many replies a comment gets I guess.
You can select whether you want to have your comments in ascending order of date (so oldest at the top) or descending, so the newest comment is at the top of the comments.
Finally, and the most interesting to me, is to have your comments go onto more than one page if you get a large number of comments on a particular post. Recently I’ve been intending to set this up on some of my posts with more than about 25 comments, as it makes the page very long to read and load. This new feature means I don’t need a plugin to do the job. You can also set it so that the most recent posts are displayed under the post and then the user can go through the pages of comments to read older posts if they wish.
WordPress 2.7 is currently due out on
10th November and I for one can’t wait! It’s going to make upgrades so much more quicker, and the improved admin will be great to work in. All I need to do now is check my plugins work with it (they should do but it’s always good to confirm this!) and also make sure they fit in with the new design.
For a full run down of the features see the 2.7 Codex Page.