WordPress 2.6 New Under The Hood Features

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EDIT: Looks like WordPress 2.6 Beta 1 has been released today.

Been playing with WordPress 2.6 alpha for a bit with the new features. To the users it will appear like nothing really has changed on the surface but under the hood there are a bunch of new features.

My favorite new feature is the post revisions. I can’t tell you how many times I have had the same post open in multiple windows and accidentally over written a previous post. The only thing worse then doing a job is doing the same job over…

Here is a screen shot :


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Here is a full run down of the features with links to sites for more information about a specific feature:

  • Post Revisioning
  • A “Press This” bookmarklet for tumblelog style quick posting
  • Caching of static files with Gears for faster Admin page loads
  • A new and improved image editing dialog that offers lots of control over the images in your posts
  • Theme previewing as seen on WordPress.com
  • Built-in word counting in the post editor
  • The ability to disable remote publishing for the security conscious
  • XML-RPC API for changing blog options
  • Better SSL support for the Admin
  • Hierarchy-aware paging in the Manage Pages and Manage Categories admin pages.
  • The ability to relocate your content directory
  • The ability to move wp-config.php out of your web root
  • Drag-and-drop sortable galleries
  • Customizable default avatars
  • Bulk delete, activate, and deactivate for plugins
  • Check box range selection with shift-click
  • TinyMCE 3.1.0.1 with lots of bug fixes
  • jQuery 1.2.6 with some nice performance improvements
  • jQuery UI 1.5

69 thoughts on “WordPress 2.6 New Under The Hood Features

  1. bob cobb

    I can’t wait for it to be final. There are some awesome features in 2.5, but I think they rushed it. I’ve had so many issues, especially with one of my sites where users contribute posts

  2. Nicholas Mercer

    Having tested and toyed around with 2.5 for many months before it was officially released, it was a much needed change and a great upgrade. But it’s very similar to that of KDE 4 where it’s a new foundation, but the future releases are going to truly make or break the application.

  3. Bryan

    One of the great features of WordPress, besides the fact that it is free, is the dedication they have to their users. They continually roll out with more great features. Thanks for the update!

  4. Zander Chance

    Took me awhile to finally upgrade all of our sites to 2.5.1, and now 2.6 is on the horizon?! DOH!

    Hopefully it won’t be a bug-ridden clusterf*ck like 2.5 was..

  5. Glenn A

    I was pleasantly surprised by 2.5, although I just started using it a few weeks ago. The upgrades were meaningful and intuitive. Glad to hear they are working on images, I get tired on wrangling them on WP. Yeah, I’m a bit weary of all the versions, though.

  6. just Fred


    A dozen posts on wordpress – are you an investor? Hired as their PR agency? Trying to kill competing products?

    or a fan, there are many of us

  7. Melvin

    I think it has still some flaws.. been also playing with it and I like the new features especially the fix of errors in tinymce…

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  9. spidro

    can’t wait for the new veriosn, but what about automatic plugins install over web? i read about this new feature before

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  11. Geiger

    NICE, the revision thing is going to be great. I am looking for some better user management to be built in too though.

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  14. Tom

    I’m thinking of switching to Word Press so that I can have threaded comments. Even though I don’t get any comments on my blog, I’m just anal and it bugs me that I can’t have it with expression engine… Yes I know I can buy it for $30.00, but their plugin sucks compared to the one that you use.

    Word Press should have included threaded comments in the build on their new release. It is a very popular and much needed feature.

  15. Geiger

    I hate to downplay any one community, but I think WordPress is moving a lot faster than PHPBB ever did. I understand how hard it is to move big projects like these. Kudos to the WordPress crew!

  16. ShoeMoney

    the brians threaded comments i use is heavily modified to do what I want it to do and also be a lot more lightweight and speedy then the default

  17. SEI Design Group

    Shoe, I know just what you mean with the open windows – that sounds great. Hope they do something to fix the color bug. I have a very hard time changing link colors within blog posts in IE and Firefox (seems to work okay in Safari). In Safari, I have a hard time adjusting images which works fine in IE and Firefox).

  18. Keith Cash

    Thanks for the inside scoop. I look forward to 2.6, it just seems like yesterday that 2.5 came out. I am glad WP is proactive in their development

  19. Bill Hartzer

    They still need to do something about all the duplicate content that WordPress is notorious for generating (archives, archives by date, categories,). I would like to see more SEO-related features in newer versions.

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  21. MB Web Design

    I must say, I really wish they’d build caching into the next build. Having wp-cache and wp-super-cache as plugins are nice, but that functionality really ought to be there out of the box.

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  24. Michael Johnson

    I look forward to the new features. Better image controls and the word count will be useful to me. I hope it runs a little faster, my wordpress blogs can really bog down at times.

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  27. Mayank Rocks

    I second that. Just sometime ago was 2.5…however 2.5 had bugs. The thing that was pretty weird that a security update in 1 week of stable version release.

  28. Zak Show

    I still use the old WP version, I don’t find the time to upgrade and the plugin stuff it’s too boring. I sould hire someone to help me with these things.

  29. Dick

    The screen shot is very inspiring. However the beta version fills me with misgivings. I think that it’s better to wait till the final version appears.

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