I’m very excited to announce to everybody that the newest and biggest 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 total pace. We additionally fastened over 790 bugs. This launch is known as in honor of famous trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker. Right here’s a fast video overview of the whole lot within the new launch:
The very first thing you’ll discover is that visually 2.8 feels lots 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
At the start, 2.8 is means sooner to make use of. We’ve modified the way in which WordPress does fashion and scripting.
The core and plugin updaters in earlier variations of WordPress have been so successful we determined to deliver 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 recognize the brand new CodePress editor which supplies syntax highlighting to the previously-plain editor. Additionally there’s now contextual documentation for the capabilities within the file you’re enhancing linked proper beneath the editor.
Should you had been ever annoyed with widgets earlier than, this launch ought to be your savior. We’ve fully redesigned the widgets interface (which we didn’t have time to in 2.7) to can help you 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 effectively.
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, if in case you have a large monitor you may arrange your dashboard to have 4 columns of widgets as an alternative of the 2 it has by default. On different pages you may 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 pondering laborious concerning the subsequent variations, 2.9 and three.0. Hold 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.