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WordPress 2.1 “Ella” Released

Well the folks at Automattic did it. They pushed WordPress 2.1 out the door and into the world. Named after famed jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, the new version includes some changes that people will be excited about.

  • 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.

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  1. Noel Hurtley says: 1/22/2007

    So far this looks to be a stellar release. It’s cleaner and remarkably faster.


  2. Thássius Veloso says: 1/22/2007

    I havent’ already installed because on last update I made a few mistakes, so I’m waiting for help.

    But it’s impressive and seems to be working better than ever.


  3. Martin Neumann says: 1/22/2007

    “Ella”- that should have been an obvious choice. ;-)

    I’m liking the sounds of it and will install it on a test site and will blog my views over the weekend – I’m a hard taskmaster so expect it all.;-)

    One thing though that I hearing around town is that it could cause some havoc with plugins not working with this version.

    I’m hoping all plugin developers make the necessary changes.


  4. Leroy Brown says: 1/23/2007

    I’m still afraid to upgrade and break my plugins. I’m going to give it a few days to hear the reports on what works and what doesn’t.


  5. Johan says: 1/23/2007

    I have reviewed 2 WP books here (hard work that is): Read on


  6. harrisony says: 1/24/2007

    There is a page on the WP Codex which has what plugins work and dont and has been there since the early alpha releases


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