New WordPress 2.1 Ella

It would seem WordPress is on an upgrading kick! Barely a week after the release of 2.0.7, WordPress has released Version 2.1! There are many new features in this new point release. I pulled the list from the WordPress website.

  • Autosave makes sure you never lose a post again.
  • Our new tabbed editor allows you to switch between WYSIWYG and code editing instantly while writing a post.
  • The lossless XML import and export makes it easy for you to move your content between WordPress blogs.
  • Our completely redone visual editor also now includes spell checking.
  • New search engine privacy option allows you take you to indicate your blog shouldn’t ping or be indexed by search engines like Google.
  • You can set any “page” to be the front page of your site, and put the latest posts somewhere else, making it much easier to use WordPress as a content management system.
  • Much more efficient database code, faster than previous versions. Domas Mituzas from MySQL went over all our queries with a fine-toothed comb.
  • Links in your blogroll now support sub-categories and you can add categories on the fly.
  • Redesigned login screen from the Shuttle project.
  • More AJAX to make custom fields, moderation, deletions, and more all faster. My favorite is the comments page, which new lets you approve or unapprove things instantly.
  • Pages can now be drafts, or private.
  • Our admin has been refreshed to load faster and be more visually consistent.
  • The dashboard now instantly and brings RSS feeds asynchronously in the background.
  • Comment feeds now include all the comments, not just the last 10.
  • Better internationalization and support for right-to-left languages.
  • The upload manager lets you easily manage all your uploads pictures, video, and audio.
  • A new version of the Akismet plugin is bundled.

WordPress 2.1 includes over 550 bug fixes so it’s highly recommended that all users upgrade to this latest version. I have already discovered a bug. My Subscribe to Comments 2.0 Plugin doesn’t work with this new WordPress. I had to turn off that Plugin. Hopefully, Tempus Fugit, the creator of the Plugin, will releases a 2.1 update.


37 thoughts on “New WordPress 2.1 Ella”

  1. Nadav Samet says:

    Now it’s time to check which of the 16 best wordpress plugins works with 2.1.

    Better we should wait a bit. Probably version 3.0 with security fixes over version 2.1, will be released by midnight. 🙂

    1. John Chow says:

      At the rate they are releasing new updates, I believe it!

      1. Leftblank says:

        I’d rather see them fix a lot than having more and more defaced WordPress blogs on the web. Perhaps letting the user pick alternative names for the login/admin files would also make the blogs a bit less recognisable…

  2. TJP says:

    Set any page to be your home page is a very cool feature. Now, we can customize our home page to filter readers towards a specific section of our site.

    With all these new releases and fixes, how does WordPress make any money?

  3. Chris says:

    I’ve wondered what funds this as well..still I’m grateful.

    As this isn’t a security issue like 2.0.7 (yet) I’m leaving this at least a week, to see what falls out of the bug tree….

  4. Scott Howard says:

    HHMMMM, I may just go ahead and give it a shot sometime this week.

  5. Austin Overton says:

    I wonder how this is going to affect some of the themes out for 2.0.x and also how most of the plugins will be affected? Have they said anything on the compatibility of current plugins and themes when upgrading to 2.1?

  6. John Wesley says:

    You make it sound great. How hard is it to upgrade?

  7. Marc says:

    I’m not sure whether or not I want to jump on the bandwagon just yet either until they find the next major security flaw…

    That being said, 500 bug fixes sounds kind of useful.

    1. Nik Agarwal says:

      I completely agree with you, however, given the number of bugfixes that they have fixed, it probably would be a good idea to go ahead and upgrade. The upgrade process is extremely easy and painless. The changes in 2.1 may seem subtle, but they are already proving to be very convenient to me.

  8. LeeTK says:

    I Saw ur ads said that show us how to make money, but i dun see where u mention also. how?

    1. Raghu says:

      Keep checking that’s one of the things that John posts more regularly on !

  9. Ryan says:

    With any mostly-feature release it’s best to wait until the next version (unless there’s something you absolutely must have). I mean, there will be bugs. 🙂

    1. John Chow says:

      So far, no major bugs that I can see. Now that my sub to comments are working again, I’m happy. 🙂

  10. 2.1 of Subscribe to Comments has been released here.

    1. John Chow says:

      Ya! The blog is in full operation again! 😀

  11. Leroy Brown says:

    John,
    It looks like the Subscribe to Comments author has already released an update – his latest version says it works with WordPress 2.1.

  12. Nomar says:

    cool, going to upgrade asap

  13. Alex Becker says:

    I just wish that Blogger would have all this stuff. Especially the Top Commentators mod.

    1. Raghu says:

      Don’t keep waiting – I am planning a move to WordPress from Blogger

      Looking at all these discussions on Plugin’s etc I am sure it would be much better than Blogger

  14. uncle sha says:

    I’m holding out on the upgrade too. On v2.0.7 myself … playing the waiting game for all the fixes and mods to be compliant with v2.1

    WP is kickass … and keep us updated too john!

    cheers

  15. MrMike says:

    It’s about time w/ the spell checker. Love wordpress!

    1. Alex Becker says:

      Firefox 2.0 has spell checker and I love Firefox

  16. Yeah, I figured there would be some problems with plug-ins… But since Subscribe to comments has an updated version I think I’ll upgrade my blog. I don’t think I any other plug-ins that might cause a problem.

  17. Big Blogger says:

    And still the Rich text editor (TinyMce) does not work, the wordpress forum is full with questions and they don’t want to see a problem.

    Luckely we can find ourselves solutions. I hope a next update will come where they fixx all problems so that designers can follow again.

    1. John Chow says:

      I don’t use the Rich Text Editor. Pure HTML for me. 🙂 Much easier to use. So far I am liking the new features.

    2. Raghu says:

      Agree with John – Pure HTML is much better anyways !

  18. HMTKSteve says:

    Much of what they added in is just what I needed to switch platforms!

  19. Raghu says:

    Am making the switch too from Blogger to WordPress soon !

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