New WordPress 2.0.6

For those who never read what is on their WordPress Dashboard (that’s the home page of the WordPress control panel), there is a notice that WordPress 2.0.6 is available for download. This latest WordPress has an important security update so you should get it right away.

We have a pretty important release available for everyone, it includes an important security fix and it’s recommended that everyone upgrade. This is the latest release in our stable 2.0 line, which we’ve committed to maintaining for several more years.

Here’s what’s new:

  • The aforementioned security fixes.
  • HTML quicktags now work in Safari browsers.
  • Comments are filtered to prevent them from messing up your blog layout.
  • Compatibility with PHP/FastCGI setups.

Upgrading WordPress is very simple – just upload and replace your old WordPress files. WordPress says you should delete the old files before uploading the new ones, but I find upload and replace works fine for me. You can download the latest version of WordPress here.

25 thoughts on “New WordPress 2.0.6”

  1. eclipse says:

    I’ve been thinking about switching my blog over to word press. I’m attracted by the extended feature set it seems to have but considering I’m not web savvy enough, I’m wondering if its worth the hassle. How you you explain the word press experience to someone that has ever been a web publisher?

    I like the service I’m using now because it has a great GUI back end.

  2. Gdog says:

    Still using the “old Blogger” for now, switching over to the “New Blogger” won’t work for my blog, I get some message that it says it will take a while for changes or some crap.

    I’ve used WordPress for another site that I had, and I must say it is really easy to use.

  3. Gareth says:

    eclipse, wordpress has a GUI back end.

    Maybe try getting a free hosted blog to play around with it? That way you will know if it’s for you or not.

    The only thing you don’t get with the blog is the ability to add your own plugins and themes. But those are basically just files you upload and turn on.

  4. Alex Becker says:

    For now I like the new blogger. Although I use the old blogger template

  5. David Mackey says:

    What is the time period on your top commentators? I suddenly dropped off but noticed that a lot of the people who are on the top commentators list have less total comments than me. Is it a weekly cycle?

  6. Tony says:

    What I seriously don’t like about Blogger is that is requires one to have a Blogger account to comment.. I would usually skip over any such blogs, knowing that I wouldn’t be allowed to participate.

    I wonder what exactly those “security” features are…

  7. Eli says:

    I saw there was a new WordPress update from my Dashboard, I’ll need to upgrade soon.

  8. It is a good idea to keep up to date on the releases when running the various blogging/CMS solutions. At times it can seem to be monotonous but as John mentions, try to install security updates as soon as possible.

  9. skintube says:

    I wonder what impact this release will have in terms of plugin and theme compatibility. I haven’t seen much talk about this yet.

  10. Raghu says:

    Can anybody point me to a WordPress – Blogspot comparison ? Any big differences that make one better than the other ?

  11. Assuming you were on one of the more recent 2.0.x releases, I don’t think the plugins/themes will be impacted too much.

    I’ve been going through mine and haven’t found anything yet that has been a problem (knocking on wood).

  12. Nomar says:

    thanks for sharing, i am going to upgrade right away

  13. For those wondering about switching to their own WordPress or other self hosted blog/cms, I highly recommend you look into it. It gives you so much more flexibility in layout, features, and deep customization if you’d like.

    Patching to latest versions is a must however.

    I haven’t used WordPress personally, as I started out with Drupal, but from what I gather it’s quite straight forward, and is definitely worth learning.


  14. Leftblank says:

    Nice to see the update is there, it was well time for it to be released.

    StrnageProgress, WordPress is no doubt useful and easy to learn, I’m not using it myself either because (imho) it lacks the extendability of the CMS i’m using right now (MODx).

  15. Small Potato says:

    John – Sometimes, overwriting (instead of delete and upload) can go wrong. Ftping might not overwrite completely. I had that problem during my 2.0.5 upgrade.

  16. eclipse says:

    I took a look at the word press site last night. I think ill take your advice Gareth and try a regular account first. If i like it I’ll start another site with it and then decided if i wanna switch my blog over. It seems word press is the standard for hosting your own blog, and every site I go to seems to be word press friendly.

  17. Tyler says:

    WordPress took less than 5mins to set up when I was playing with it one day. I was actually using it only to figure out how I could make a plugin for my RecentPost Dynamically Created Image for WordPress.

    A friend of mine showed me the backend to WordPress for his site and I must say everything is layed out really nice.

    But like other posts if you want to play with it to see if it is for you check out They host it for you. If you like it and want to use it I would suggest obtaining your own domain name, hosting it on your own site and downloading the version.

    My site is custom made and it’s backend isnt as extensive as WordPress but I’m happy with what I have and if I need to add something/customize something I can.

  18. Stew says:

    My blog has had a host of problems, and still has a few, that I wonder how most people figure out. I consider myself extremely tech savvy, so I usually just drill down straight into the code to fix the problem, but what about the people who don’t write PHP or MySQL etc? How would they go abouts fixing these problems? I’ve searched up on WordPresses’ support database and most of the tickets are from last year which looks like a time period with a much different wordpress version.

    Hopefully this version of wordpress will fix a problem I’m not looking forward to fixing 🙂 /rant


  19. Ed Lau says:

    Will I have to make all the changes that I’ve done to the WordPress files again?

  20. John Chow says:

    Ed – No you don’t. Those changes will be maintained.

  21. Tony says:

    Well I’d think that would depend on what files were changed. I mean if you’re just uploading and overwriting all the WordPress files, some changes could be lost.

    Of course one could always just grab a CVS diff file and manually apply the changes.

  22. Pallab says:

    John you should mention this

    After upgrading to WordPress 2.0.6 or WordPress 2.1 Beta, your FeedBurner feed will, at times, give you an “invalid xml” error, and “FeedMedic” will show you something like this:

    Your server disconnected us before sending the full source feed content. If your blogging platform is TextPattern, this is a known bug, and a fix can be found here:

    More info and solution here :

  23. Andy says:

    Thanks John – I just updated

  24. Jane says:

    I never really paid attention to the dashboard other than moderating comments. Thanks for the heads up.

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