Merry Christmas everyone! Just in time for Christmas the WordPress Dev team have given us their latest WordPress version 2.9 “Carmen” named in honour of magical jazz vocalist Carmen McRae. Of course- before any upgrade don’t forget to backup your files and database. For easy backup remember you can use the WP PD Backup plugin. I also recommend the plugin WordPress Automatic Upgrade for the upgrade process.
New Features Highlight
- No more losing files by accident! Now deleted items like posts, pages, comments and attachment files will be sent to the trash can.
- Implementation of Canonical Tags on each page- great for SEO.
- Easier videos and images embedding with oEmbed support by simply adding the URL of your image or video.you can use it with: YouTube, Blip.tv, Flickr, Hulu, Viddler, Revision3, Google Video and DailyMotion.
- Upgrade the text editor with the latest TinyMCE version 3.2.7.
- New input fields for ‘image alt’ and ‘image caption’ in the Media uploader.
- Allow export and import custom taxonomies.
- New default blog post when you setup a new blog. No more “Hello World” now it’s “Welcome” with some extra informative text about using WordPress.
- New tag excerpt_more allows developers to change the end of the excerpt […] with more.
- Speed up jQuery based scripts.
- Make over of the image uploader with the new image editing. Will let you crop, scale and rotate images.
- New template tag the_post_image() now makes it really easy for developers to add the post thumbnail image attached to a post. Great for magazine style themes.
- Now you can update several plugins at once.
- Less fear of upgrading plugins with the WordPress version compatibility data from the plugins directory.