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 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 all the pieces 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. Nonetheless when you’ll dig in you’ll start to understand the adjustments.
Main New Enhancements
Before everything, 2.8 is approach quicker to make use of. We’ve modified the way in which WordPress does model 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 entire theme listing and set up a theme with one click on from the consolation of your WordPress dashboard.
If you happen to make edits or tweaks to themes or plugins out of your dashboard, you’ll admire 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 enhancing linked proper beneath the editor.
If you happen to have been ever annoyed 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 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 properly.
Lastly it’s best to discover the new Display Choices on each web page. It’s the tab within the prime proper. Now, for instance, when you’ve got a large monitor you may arrange your dashboard to have 4 columns of widgets as a substitute of the 2 it has by default. On different pages you’ll be able to 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. Maintain 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.