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WordPress 2.7 Sees The Light Of Day

It didn’t take long for the team to release WordPress 2.7 after RC2 was released just a few hours prior. Despite any confusion that may arise from two versions being released in the same day, I highly encourage anyone that is using WordPress to upgrade to the latest release (WordPress 2.7). There is simply too much bundled in this new version to pass up in favor of a later release.

Just to name a few reasons:

  • Customizable Dashboard
  • User Interface That End Users Can Control
  • Browse And Install Plugins From Your Administration Panel
  • Automatic Core Upgrades
  • Automatic Theme Upgrades
  • A Write Panel That Is 100 Times Better Than The One In WordPress 2.3

I’ve been using WordPress since the 2.2 days. I know, it’s not a long time but 2.7 is by far the most exciting release for me as it introduces a user interface that reeks of pure awesome. Think about it, with 2.7, we now have automatic upgrades, plugin installation/upgrades, and theme upgrades all available as core features. I and many others have claimed this to be the holy grail of WordPress. I’m really impressed that ideas that have been discussed in prior months have turned into reality. A nice, shiny, polished reality at that.

Will you be upgrading to WordPress 2.7 sooner rather than later? What is your favorite feature in 2.7?

Author: jeffc

9 thoughts on “WordPress 2.7 Sees The Light Of Day

  1. WordPress is going to switch from this also. Same like microsoft, goes no upgrading and grading. But useful for the user same platform with increased features.

  2. I really love 2.7. I think my favorite change is the vertical navigation with the jquery collapsible menus. The Turbo feature is also really cool. WordPress just keeps impressing me, and I can’t wait to see what they do with 2.8.

  3. yeah, the layout is a DRASTIC change over previous, so it definitely takes some getting used to.

    not a HUGE fan of the CMS-inspired FTP function – it seemed wonky. I do like the ability to embed images in a smoother fashion, installing plugins is smoother, and the look feel, while a little cramped, is better.

    still experimenting with it here:

    losinglions.com

  4. My favorite feature in this upgrad WOULD be the adding of plugins directly from the control panel…but so far, I have tried 4 times and have not been successful…I smell 2.7.1 any moment now.

    Also, I was doing my first upgrade last night and when I saw the control panel, the first thing that went through my mind was “oh crud” – the new layout threw me off. I thought I had messed something up – but heart rate quickly returned to normal.

  5. Thanks for posting about this new version. I just wanted to stop by and say this was inspiring. I’m looking into this new WordPress. Thanks for the advice.

  6. I’ve been hearing a low of buzz about 2.7 so I’m tempted to upgrade one of my blogs. However, I generally stay one .1 behind just in case there’s any issues. I’ve never been burned with WP upgrades but have with other software.

  7. Who knows when 2.7.1 will be released but 2.8 is slated for a February release although I’m not sure how that will happen. You can check by visiting the WP Roadmap page http://wordpress.org/about/roadmap/

    2.7 has the automatic upgrade feature built in so upgrading is as simple as clicking a button.

  8. Yes, the new features are exciting, but how soon will I have to do the next upgrade (2.7.1?)? WordPress is a clean and feature-rich CMS, but the biggest hassle is the need to upgrade from time to time. It is particularly a pain if you have over 5 of them to manage. This is why I have built more html static sites recently.

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