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WordPress 2.8 Beta 1 Is Here

If you need to be on the “bleeding edge” of WordPress, today is a good day. WordPress 2.8 Beta 1 has arrived. I’d suggest holding off a while before using it for any live blogs/sites, but it has some shiny features, so checking it out is highly recommended.

Just a few of the new features and changes…

-Add CodePress syntax highlighting to Theme and Plugin editors
-Use “Custom Header” for menu text and revise Default theme to reflect change
-Don’t notify post author of own comments
-Allow the dashboard widgets to be arranged in up to four columns as set via the Screen Options tab
-Autosave post/page when pressing Control/Command+S
-Add toggle all button to the Gallery tab in the uploader
-Support more than one gallery on the same page
-Check for new version when visiting Administration > Tools > Upgrade
-Add per page option to Screen Options for comments, posts, pages, media, categories, and tags
-Fix most popular link category list
-Hide email addresses from low privilege users on Administration > Comments
-Enforce unique email addresses in Add/Edit users

I usually wait for the Release Candidate version before playing with new updates much, but I think I’ll test this one out a bit. I’m hearing good things so far.

Anyone else using 2.8 Beta 1 already, and if so, what do you think? Worth dealing with “Beta 1″?

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  1. Keron Calame says: 5/19/2009

    To me! WordPress is the best blogging platform and see 2.8 its only getting better everyday

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  2. Denver says: 5/19/2009

    Thanks for sharing this. In fact this should be great thing for wordpress users. Although i am not a wordpress user, lots of new features with this version are really exciting.

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  3. David says: 5/27/2009

    I totally agree – I can’t believe I only discovered WordPress in the last 12 months – don’t know how I managed before – well actually I used XSitePro to create websites – but it’s not a patch on WordPress. Also if you set up WordPress properly then Google will love your blog (or website)

    Looking forward to checking WordPress 2.8 out!

    Regards – David

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