As always, once I decide to update my site from the previous version of WordPress, they shortly thereafter release a new version! I think I’ve been running 2.1.3 for less than a month, and now, I’ve got to update to version 2.2. Typically, I wait for a few days to a couple weeks before I update because I’ve noticed that sometimes a “fix” is released shortly after a large release. This time, I think I might actually just upgrade right away because this 2.2 release seems to have a ton of bug fixes and upgrades – 244 to be exact – check out the complete list here.
The WordPress developers have apparently added some really cool stuff, most importantly and significantly support for widgets; which used to only be possible through the installation of a 3rd party plugin. 2.2 is called “Getz” after tenor saxophonist Stan Getz.
Here are some of the notable additions as taken from the official WordPress blog:
- WordPress Widgets allow you to easily rearrange and customize areas of your weblog (usually sidebars) with drag-and-drop simplicity. This functionality was originally available as a plugin Widgets are now included by default in the core code, significantly cleaned up, and enabled for the default themes.
- Full Atom support, including updating our Atom feeds to use the 1.0 standard spec and including an implementation of the Atom Publishing API to complement our XML-RPC interface.
- A new Blogger importer that is able to handle the latest version of Google’s Blogger product and seamlessly import posts and comments without any user interaction beyond entering your login.
- Infinite comment stream, meaning that on your Edit Comments page when you delete or spam a comment using the AJAX links under each comment it will bring in another comment in the background so you always have 20 items on the page. (I know it sounds geeky, but try it!)
- We now protect you from activating a plugin or editing a file that will break your blog.
- Core plugin and filter speed optimizations should make everything feel a bit more snappy and lighter on your server.
- We’ve added a hook for WYSIWYG support in a future version of Safari.
If interested, you can view the full WordPress 2.2 release here.