I’m very excited to announce to everybody that the newest and best model of WordPress, model 2.8 “Baker,” is immediately available for download. 2.8 represents a pleasant match and end launch for WordPress with enhancements to themes, widgets, taxonomies, and general pace. We additionally fastened over 790 bugs. This launch is called in honor of famous trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker. Right here’s a fast video overview of every little thing within the new launch:
The very first thing you’ll discover is that visually 2.8 feels loads like 2.7, simply with some minor tweaks right here and there. Nevertheless when you’ll dig in you’ll start to understand the adjustments.
Main New Enhancements
Initially, 2.8 is manner quicker to make use of. We’ve modified the way in which WordPress does type and scripting.
The core and plugin updaters in earlier variations of WordPress have been so successful we determined to carry the identical to themes. Now you can browse your complete theme listing and set up a theme with one click on from the consolation of your WordPress dashboard.
Should you make edits or tweaks to themes or plugins out of your dashboard, you’ll respect the brand new CodePress editor which supplies syntax highlighting to the previously-plain editor. Additionally there’s now contextual documentation for the features within the file you’re modifying linked proper under the editor.
Should you have been ever pissed off with widgets earlier than, this launch must be your savior. We’ve utterly redesigned the widgets interface (which we didn’t have time to in 2.7) to assist you to do issues like edit widgets on the fly, have a number of copies of the identical widget, drag and drop widgets between sidebars, and save inactive widgets so that you don’t lose all their settings. Builders now have entry to a much cleaner and robust API for creating widgets as properly.
Lastly it’s best to discover the new Display screen Choices on each web page. It’s the tab within the high proper. Now, for instance, when you have a large monitor you can arrange your dashboard to have 4 columns of widgets as an alternative of the 2 it has by default. On different pages you possibly can change what number of objects present per web page.
And Even Extra
You can read the full list of over 180 new features, changes, upgrades, and improvements on the Codex. The listing is exhausting!
We’re already considering laborious concerning the subsequent variations, 2.9 and three.0. Maintain a watch out for improved media dealing with, higher dependency checking, versioning of templates and themes, and naturally the fabled merging of WordPress and MU introduced at WordCamp San Francisco two weeks in the past.