WordPress 2.6.1 Available for Download

For those who like to wait until a “dot one” version is released before upgrading WordPress, now is your time. WordPress has made version 2.6.1 available for download. With 2.6.1, WordPress continues their trend of releasing a maintenance update shortly after a major release in order to fix bugs that always follow a โ€œdot zeroโ€ release. This is not a security release. Upgrading is optional. If youโ€™re happy with 2.6, you can keep on using it.

I had only one bug with my 2.6 WordPress. With Firefox (I haven’t tested the problem with any other browser), WordPress would log me out of the control panel after a certain time. This problem seems to be fixed with the new release. Check out the full list of over 60 fixes to see if 2.6.1 has something to offer you.

My advice. If 2.6 is working fine for you, then continue to use it. However, you’ll have to put up with that nag notice in the control panel. If you’re still using WordPress 2.5 because you were waiting for the dot one release of 2.6, then now is the time to upgrade.

Download WordPress 2.6.1

28 thoughts on “WordPress 2.6.1 Available for Download”

  1. It is about time that they finally released this. I know there has been many problems with the normal WordPress 2 .6. I had a huge security problem with it and people were able to get in the my information so I had a switch back to WordPress 2 .5. Hopefully this doesn’t have as many bugs and I won’t have so many problems.

    1. They haven’t fixed all the bugs. I still can’t delete tags, or old posts.

      When are they going to get on that?!?

  2. Mr MultiVar says:

    Thanks for the tip. I will not be upgrading. They should have lock-down releases where people that are happy with the feature set they have can ignore future bells and whistles releases, or am I just dreaming?

    1. dcr says:

      Yeah, but a benefit in upgrading is (usually) increased security.

      With older releases, a benefit is that the security holes are known. And, with older releases, a security risk is that the security holes are known.

  3. dcr says:

    I’ll still wait a bit before upgrading. Just to be sure.

  4. John, Thanks for the post! WordPress has been stable for me on my laptop for a while. Guess I’ll wait and see if the 60 changes have any long term issues before upgrading. Respectfully, Nicholas

  5. Raj says:

    Am also still wait before upgrading.

  6. kranjcarz says:

    Wahh, I should be upgrade my wordpress now!!! But My Speed Connection too low ๐Ÿ™

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  7. Clement says:

    For those of you who are lazy to go through the manual upgrade process, the Automatic upgrade plugin will do the trick. When everyone else had version 2.5.X, I was still with version 2.3.1 because of laziness. When I saw that version 2.6.0 had been released, I started searching for an automatic upgrade plugin and thank God I found it. It made my day and today it has once again done the trick.

  8. I ll wait a few days and then change to the new version…the good old wait & watch marketing policy ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Bonie says:

    too fast i think, but it nice for fix the bugs, my rss blog in dashboard at wp 2.6.0 was blank… i’ll install it later… ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Rob says:

    Well I wasn’t going to bother updating this round, but you did a better job at explaining the issues than WP, and now I think I should. Going to WordCamp Saturday!

  11. goldfries says:

    Didn’t even bother jumping to 2.6, I’ve known people who are still on 2.3. ๐Ÿ™‚

    It gets tedious when everything is working fine and the upgrades don’t offer significant advantage.

    1. I can understand staying on 2.6 or 2.5 at least, but 2.3? Clearly not a smart idea as that has security holes, but I guess those people don’t value their blogs much.

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  13. Yep, this upgrade cycle for WP will be its undoing, as more and more users drop by the wayside… I’ve switched one of my blogs away from WP2.5 to MU which has a slower upgrade cycle and I can still use lots of plugins.


  14. I don’t know, after the last update my blog admin loads very slow and has some problems. I think I will wait this time.
    Thanks John,

  15. fas says:

    Why upgrade when WordPress 2.7 is coming

    1. Clement says:

      With that kind of reasoning, you do not even have to think of upgrading at all because when WP 2.7 arrives, WP 2.8 will be on its way.

      1. Exactly. You may as well as just never upgrade ever again.

  16. Colin says:

    If you are still running 2.3 you could be hacked at any minute. People could insert virus/malware in all your links – and you will be banned from Google within 24 hours. But obviously… there are no significant reasons to upgrade ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

    1. Clement says:

      Wow! Is it that dangerous?

  17. Iโ€™m a big believer in utilizing WordPress blogging platform and one of the great features about WordPress 2.6.1 is it offers several improvements for international users.

  18. Does the automatic upgrade plugin work OK and does it update the
    database or just the blog files. The manual update works well for
    me and takes about 30 minutes.

    However, I have to check each time to make sure some step has not change, and what files to leave alone and not copy from the update

    A surefire automatic upgrade option would be nice.

  19. Andy T says:

    I upgraded to WordPress 2.61. It took me about 20 mins.
    Backup my old data first.
    Upload the new WP.
    Makesure you keep your old wp-content folder, plug-in and themes folder.
    Copy your old setting in wp-config.php to wp-config-sample.php [rename back to wp-config.php].
    It work so far so good.

  20. Taeran says:

    I hate not having the latest release installed!

    But 2.6 seems to be working well, still undecided whether or not to brave the upgrade…… I can just see some major disaster happening!

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