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WordPress 2.1 “Ella” released

For those who run WordPress-powered blogs, you may be interested to know that version 2.1 of the software has been released.

New features include:

  • Autosave makes sure you never lose a post again.
  • New tabbed editor allows you to switch between WYSIWYG and code editing instantly while writing a post.
  • The lossless XML import and export makes it easy for you to move your content between WordPress blogs.
  • New visual editor also now includes spell checking.
  • New search engine privacy option allows you take you to indicate your blog shouldn’t ping or be indexed by search engines like Google.
  • You can set any “page” to be the front page of your site, and put the latest posts somewhere else, making it much easier to use WordPress as a content management system.
  • Much more efficient database code, faster than previous versions.
  • Links in your blogroll now support sub-categories and you can add categories on the fly.
  • Redesigned login screen from the Shuttle project.
  • More AJAX to make custom fields, moderation, deletions, and more all faster. The comments page, now lets you approve or unapprove things instantly.
  • Pages can now be drafts, or private.
  • Admin area has been refreshed to load faster and be more visually consistent.
  • The dashboard now instantly and brings RSS feeds asynchronously in the background.
  • Comment feeds now include all the comments, not just the last 10.
  • Better internationalization and support for right-to-left languages.
  • The upload manager lets you easily manage all your uploads pictures, video, and audio.
  • A new version of the Akismet plugin is bundled.

I should imagine that these enhancements will make WordPress even easier to use for educators, especially the options to make it more like a Content Management System and the autosave feature. Every teacher should have their own blog, in my opinion…

This blog is running version 2.1 and the upgrade went without a hitch! 😀

2 thoughts on “WordPress 2.1 “Ella” released

  1. I’m having a tough time with this one. One of my favorite plugins, My Link Order, won’t work with it. It’s supposed to, but it doesn’t. I’ve even been corresponding with the plugin author to work it out. So far, nothing.

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