Sneak peeks of WordPress 2.6 features

| May 30, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Although we’re still a few months away from the next major release of WordPress, we can’t help being curious and excited about what’s coming up, can we?

Milestone 2.6

WordPress 2.6 is set to come out on August 7, 2008, according to the WordPress Trac page. Progress is currently at 7%, clearly a long way from completion.

Curious about other releases? Here are the tickets for WP 2.5.2 and WP 2.7.

2.6 Test Run

A live installation of WP 2.6 is up at Chris Johnston’s demo site. Username is admin, password is demo. If you want to test them on your own server, check out the Nightly Builds through the WP testers mailing list.

WordPress 2.6 Features

Several bloggers have brought up some of the major improvements with WP 2.6:

Post revisions
Keep track of a blog post’s revision history.

Identicons, MonsterID, and Wavatar support
Generate special gravatar icons for commenters who have none.

Google Gears support
Add Google Gears functionality for offline blogging.

wp-config.php location can be moved one level higher than WP install

Add sorting to gallery items
Integrate the Reorder Gallery plugin to the 2.6 core.

SHIFT+Click checkbox selection
Select multiple rows of posts, categories, comments, tags, etc. Gmail-style.

Press This bookmarklet
Quick posting bookmarklet that disappeared in 2.5 and will return to 2.6.

Further Reading

More information can be found at the following websites: Quick Online Tips, WordPress Expert, planetOzh, The Blog Herald.

Also visit the Codex page for WordPress 2.6 for further updates.

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