WordPress 3.0 Beta 2

May 10, 2010 | No Comments Yet

The second beta of WordPress 3.0 was released May 6. This is a little behind schedule as the Release Candidates should be out by now.

Following the successful post-WordCamp San Francisco code sprint, we are now ready to release the second beta of WordPress 3.0.

The update focuses on improvements to the menu interface and the WordPress importer/exporter. Everyone is encouraged become a beta tester with the help of the beta tester plugin.

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WordPress 3.0 release dates pushed back

April 26, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Per the updated project schedule at the WordPress Development Updates blog, the last couple of release dates for WordPress 3.0, both the release candidates and final versions, have been pushed back by several weeks:

  • May 1: Begin RC
  • May 15: Launch WordPress 3.0

Since we have a beta version already out, the extended wait doesn’t seem so long now. That also means more time to get WordPress plugins and themes ready for the big update.

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WordPress 3.0 Beta 1

April 3, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 3.0 is not far along now, here’s Beta 1! We’ve been covering the many features packed in this release but if you can’t wait, go ahead and take the early release for a spin.

As usual this is the first of the pre-releases before the final version comes out (in a month or so) which means take precautions when using it. If you’d like to help with development through testing, download WordPress 3.0 Beta 1 now.

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WordPress 2.9 Beta 2

December 3, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Round two of the WordPress 2.9 betas is out. Grab it here, and check out the changes at the Trac. As usual, download and install only if you’re fine with potentially unstable software.

If you’re running beta 1 already, just auto-upgrade from with your WP admin panel.

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WordPress 2.9 Beta 1

November 17, 2009 | No Comments Yet

And the road to WordPress 2.9 begins. WP 2.9 beta 1 is out.

It’s also the best way to check out what’s new, but if you can’t be bothered with a mere beta version yet, at least take this as an early heads up that you’ll be upgrading soon enough. So get ready!

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WordPress 2.8.1 Beta 2

June 29, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The second beta of WordPress 2.8.1 is already out. This comes just days after the download counter for WordPress 2.8 crosses 1 million, just 12 days!

The list of bug fixes in this beta are mentioned here.

Download WordPress 2.8.1 Beta 2

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WordPress 2.8.1 Beta 1

June 22, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Almost two weeks after the big release comes the first beta of WordPress 2.8.1. The bug fixes are listed here, which includes memory fixes and added security.

Instructions for upgrading from WordPress 2.8 to WordPress 2.8.1 beta 1 can be found here. If you still haven’t upgraded to WordPress 2.8 and are more of a cautious user, you might want to wait until WP 2.8.1 comes out.

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WordPress 2.8 Beta 2

May 25, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.8 Beta 2 is out. You can check out the changes made since the first came out here. But as always, the Codex is your reference for the major changes since 2.7.

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WordPress 2.8 Beta 1

May 18, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.8 is coming! Technically, it’s already arrived with the release of this first beta. If you’ve been absolutely impatient about it, download away. If not, you can wait a few more days until it hits gold.

The latest features of WordPress 2.8 are documented here. Lots of admin improvements and hopefully, few additional features that will break existing themes and plugins.

Download WordPress 2.8 beta 1

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WordPress 2.7.1 Beta 1

February 4, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The first maintenance release of WordPress 2.7 is imminent and you can get a beta copy today. Check out all the fixes here.

One interesting note here is if you wish to use the built-in automatic upgrade with the beta, this is what you have to do:

To automatically upgrade from 2.7 to 2.7.1 Beta 1, change the version in your wp-includes/version.php file from 2.7 to 2.7.1-beta and then visit Tools->Upgrade.

Of course you can always download WordPress 2.7.1 beta 1 and upgrade manually.

It’s exciting to see a new release since WP 2.7 dropped and I can’t wait to see what new features the developers are cooking up in the following updates.

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WordPress 2.7 Beta 3

November 16, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Beta 3 of WordPress 2.7 is out! According to Word Munger, it was actually released live during WordCamp Charlotte. Read the list of changes here.

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IntenseDebate reopens after Automattic acquisition, new WordPress plugin available

November 15, 2008 | No Comments Yet

IntenseDebate reopens after going invite-only since its acquisition by Automattic. So for those who haven’t signed up for an account, now you can.

And of course, they’ve made it especially easy to use for WordPress users with a new beta plugin, with the following features:

  • Two-Way Comment Sync (comments are saved both in your WordPress database and the IntenseDebate server)
  • Admin Panel Integration
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Trackbacks
  • Profile Sync
  • Post Settings

And more:

Can’t wait to get hold of all the great commenting features included in WordPress 2.7? Get IntenseDebate now!

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WordPress 2.7 Beta 2

November 6, 2008 | 1 Comment

Just a few days after releasing the first beta, WordPress 2.7 Beta 2 is now out! Based on the announcement, it looks like bug fixes were the focus of this beta release.

And since you can automatically upgrade to the latest version of WordPress from within the admin panel, check it out:

If you have already installed beta 1, you can update to beta 2 via the Tools -> Update menu. Beta 1 does have a bug in the automatic upgrade that breaks certain setups, so be prepared to download and install Beta 2 manually if you experience problems.

Keep this in mind even if you haven’t installed the beta yet, but plan to upgrade to WP 2.7 in the future.

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WordPress 2.7 Beta 1

November 2, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The first beta of the much-awaited WordPress 2.7 version is out! Prepare for a completely revamped admin interface and all the new features we’ve been raving about the past few months.

Several things to note: WP 2.7 Beta 1 works best in Firefox and Safari (for now). And the final WP 2.7 release is 2 weeks behind schedule.

The downside is more waiting; the upside is the team isn’t rushing to get it out but to polish it the best way possible. It’s slated for November 10th, and while the developers are still trying their best to get it done by that date, a release candidate should be out by then. End of November seems more like the WP 2.7 final release.

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WordPress 2.6.1 Beta 2

August 13, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Beta 2 of WordPress 2.6.1 is out. The team is approaching 60 bugs fixed for the official 2.6.1 release. You can the new fixes since beta 1 here.

Grab WP 2.6.1-b2 here.

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WordPress 2.6.1 Beta 1

August 8, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.6.1 Beta 1 is out. You might want to grab it now, or wait until an official release arrives, which Ryan Boren says will arrive around the time of this year’s WordCamp San Francisco.

Here’s another tip from him:

With 2.6.1, we’re continuing our trend of releasing a dot one release about a month after dot zero. We want to get fixes for the inevitable dot zero bugs into your hands without a long wait. If you’re happy with 2.6, you can ignore 2.6.1.

There are over 50 fixes, a lot of which address the typos in code and major bugs—like the 404 error that turns up when your permalink structure is /index.php/%postname%/.

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WordPress 2.6 Release Candidate 1

July 14, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The final version of WordPress 2.6 draws closer than ever as Release Candidate 1 is released.

According to Ryan Boren, here are the latest features included since beta version 3:

  • Media uploader and gallery improvements
  • Image caption and image editing fixes
  • Press This fixes
  • Ability to toggle between the flash uploader and a regular browser uploader
  • Notification bubble on the Plugins menu when plugin updates are available

The complete list of changes can, of course, be found in the WordPress Trac.

Download WP 2.6 RC1 here.

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WordPress 2.6 Beta 3, WordPress MU 2.6 beta 1 (2.6 final is 1 week away!)

July 10, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The Automattic team continues to push out new updates for the WordPress 2.6 branch, WordPress MU included. Once more Ryan Boren is the bearer of the new beta release, download the zip file here.

He also writes that the final release of WordPress 2.6 is just 1 week away, contrary to the belief that it would come out last July 7. That’s still a reasonable delay, considering everybody’s still getting used to 2.5!

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WordPress 2.6 Beta 2

July 3, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.6 beta 2 is out. Ryan Boren posts the new features once more, also found at the WordPress Trac. Get it here.

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WordPress 2.6 Beta 1

June 24, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Excited about the next new release of WordPress? Try WP 2.6 Beta 1.

Ryan Boren lists the new features, which were mentioned previously here. Most notable ones are: post revisions, the “Press This” bookmarklet, offline access using Google Gears, theme preview, sortable galleries, etc.

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