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 â€œCustom Headerâ€ 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”?