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The New Category, Tag, And Page Templates Introduced In WordPress 2.9

This is a guest entry by Mark Mc Williams. Mark is known in the WordPress scene as @wpkid. In this entry he discusses the new page template options in WordPress 2.9.


With the release of WordPress 2.9 it brought in many new features, but a couple in particular I quite liked, and think they’d be very useful when building client websites or working on your own. Not just that, but out of every other release post, I never saw this mentioned once.

Up First The category-slug.php Template

Before it was added, all you had available was the standard category.php template file which we’re all aware of, along with category-id.php which would have been used by some developers if they needed to show different layouts for each category archive. The trouble starts though if you’ve got 2 or 3 files like category-2.php, category-30.php and category-17.php then it get’s a little confusing if you forget what ID goes with which category! Read More

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WordPress 2.9.1 Released

After the festive season the dev crew has released an update for WordPress 2.9. WordPress 2.9.1 is a bugfix release and contains no new features. If you have waited updating to 2.9, now is the time to upgrade as most issues have been resolved.

Issues with scheduled posts should be resolved and the same applies to feed parsing errors in the admin dashboard. Update your blogs now via the build-in updater or download the latest WordPress update now.

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WordPress 2.9 “Carmen” Released!

The long awaited version 2.9 of WordPress, codenamed “Carmen”, is now out! Eeek!

Yes, ladies and gents, the development team worked their butts off as quickly as they can to have Carmen available before Christmas. And boy, did they surprise us!

For those of you who don’t know what Carmen has to offer, here’s a list of some of her features!

  1. Global undo/”trash” feature, which means that if you accidentally delete a post or comment you can bring it back from the grave (i.e., the Trash). This also eliminates those annoying “are you sure” messages we used to have on every delete.
  2. Built-in image editor allows you to crop, edit, rotate, flip, and scale your images to show them who’s boss. This is the first wave of our many planned media-handling improvements.
  3. Batch plugin update and compatibility checking, which means you can update 10 plugins at once, versus having to do multiple clicks for each one, and we’re using the new compatibility data from the plugins directory to give you a better idea of whether your plugins are compatible with new releases of WordPress. This should take the fear and hassle out of upgrading.
  4. Easier video embeds that allow you to just paste a URL on its own line and have it magically turn it into the proper embed code, with Oembed support for YouTube, Daily Motion, Blip.tv, Flickr, Hulu, Viddler, Qik, Revision3, Scribd, Google Video, Photobucket, PollDaddy, and WordPress.tv (and more in the next release).

These are just from a user standpoint, there are lots of changes on the development side as well. I suggest heading over to this page to see the full list of features.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t let Carmen just stand there in the cold! Let her in! You can download the latest version manually by going here. Or by going to your blog’s dashboard and clicking on Tools > Upgrade.

Now that’s over, the only thing to wait for is Christmas! Happy holidays!

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WordPress.com Stats Plugin Now With Integrated WP.me Shorturl generator

With the upcoming WordPress 2.9 release and the new version of the WordPress.com stats plugin for self-hosted blogs the choice shorturl generator to use has become easier for most users.

The wp.me shorturls domain was introduced earlier this year for WordPress.com hosted blogs. As of Release Candidate 1 for WordPress 2.9 the URL shortener is now also available for your self-hosted blogs.

As soon as you have entered a title for a new entry the Get Shortlink button will become visible and give you a WP.me URL for your entry.

There are no stats available for the shorturl itself, but it will be a surprise if this option will not be implemented in the future.

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WordPress 2.9 Brings Plugin Compatibility Check To Updater

With the release of WordPress 2.9 expected over the next weeks, it is time to dig a little deeper and discover new features. Since the translation string freeze no new features will be added anymore. Since some days I noticed on another blog where I run the latest nightly developer build, that the new plugin updater had integrated the WordPress.org plugin compatibility check we mentioned some here some weeks ago.

It seems now that this feature comes to your plugin updater within your blog.

WordPress 2.9 New Plugin Updater Functionalities

But that is not all. Another new and very handy function of WordPress 2.9 is that you have the possibility to upgrade all plugins at once.

WordPress 2.9 Plugin Upgrader

Both are nice additions to the built-in core updater of WordPress but sadly the new plugin compatibility check is not implemented platform wide yet. Read More

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WordPress 2.9 To Be Released Before The End of 2009?

WordPress.orgTranslation strings for WordPress 2.9 have been frozen. This means that no new changes other than bug corrections will be made to 2.9 anymore and we can expect a Release Candidate (RC1) anytime now.

The WP Core team is in Orlando, discussing the future of WordPress, the 3.0 branch and WPMu merge, and possible changes to the WordPress.org site after Matt filed a report of WordPress.org specific Trac tickets. An update about their decisions is expected today or tomorrow.

What do you think, can we expect WordPress 2.9 before Christmas? If you have been using Beta2 or update daily with the newest nightly build, how has your mileage been?
I have not experienced any problems on any of my sites.

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WordPress Media Features Survey

With the release of WordPress 2.8.1 finally here, WordPress.com is already looking ahead to the development of 2.9. Check out the post on the WordPress.com blog.

The main focus of WordPress 2.9 will be on it’s media features, and they are looking for input on what the community thinks are the most important things they need to be working on via a survey that you can take right here.

There are 11 features listed in the poll, which are…

# Photostream
# Post Thumbnails
# Media Metadata
# Additional Media Filters
# Basic Image Editing
# Easier Embeds
# Revised Media UI
# Better Media Settings
# Bulk Media Import API
# Media Albums
# Custom Image Sizes

So if you have a minute to spare, and an interest in seeing any of those features pushed hard in WordPress 2.9, take a moment to take the survey.

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