I’m very excited to announce to everybody that the most recent 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 velocity. 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 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 modifications.
Main New Enhancements
Firstly, 2.8 is method quicker to make use of. We’ve modified the best way 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.
In the event you make edits or tweaks to themes or plugins out of your dashboard, you’ll admire the brand new CodePress editor which provides syntax highlighting to the previously-plain editor. Additionally there may be now contextual documentation for the capabilities within the file you’re modifying linked proper under the editor.
In the event you have 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 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 nicely.
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 might 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 in regards to the subsequent variations, 2.9 and three.0. Hold an eye fixed 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.