If you have visited WordPress site’s dashboard in the past 24 hours you probably noticed that WordPress 2.9 is now available to download. I know many people like to wait to upgrade to give them and plugin authors a chance to create updates, but the new changes in WordPress 2.9 seem to be playing nice with everything based upon all the reports I’ve read. I’ve also upgraded most of my websites that use WordPress without any theme or plugin conflicts.
If you are interested in learning about what is new in WordPress 2.9, there is a great write up posted on Quick Online Tips which you can view below. Some of the coolest new features are:
1. Thrash it — Deleting posts, pages and comments will no longer delete them forever, but place them in Trash instead. So, if you accidentally delete a post or comment, you can undelete it from the Trash. Also when you delete comments, there are no more annoying confirmation requests, I am sure that is a big relief.
2. Image editor — There were hints that WordPress 2.9 was getting a basic image editor. Now you can crop, edit, rotate, flip and scale your images easily and this will really be useful to bloggers who use external image editors now.
3. Batch plugin update — Now you don’t need to upgrade all plugins one at a time. WordPress 2.9 lets you update multiple plugins at once. The compatibility data from plugins are compatible with new realease of WordPress.
4. Easier video embeds — I used to use a WordPress plugin to do this, but now WordPress can do this by default. WordPress 2.9 features Oembed support for YouTube, Daily Motion, Blip.tv, Flickr, Hulu, Viddler, Qik, Revision3, Scribd, Google Video, Photobucket, PollDaddy, and WordPress.tv — which means you simply paste the url of the video and WordPress will convert to the correct video embed code automatically.
5. Datebase optimization support — WordPress has some some cool tricks activated in the backend which provides automatic WordPress database optimization! Edit your wp-config.php file and add define (‘WP_ALLOW_REPAIR’, true);
What is your favorite new feature in WordPress 2.9? and what are you waiting for — Download Wordprss 2.9 today.