WordPress 2.1 Ella Released

Posted on 24th January, 2007

The new version of WordPress named after the singer Ella Fitzgerald was released a day ago and now is available for download.

Under the hood, the following new features and enhancements can be found:

* Autosave makes sure you never lose a post again.

* Our 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.

* Our completely redone 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. Domas Mituzas from MySQL went over all our queries with a fine-toothed comb.

* 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. My favorite is the comments page, which new lets you approve or unapprove things instantly.

* Pages can now be drafts, or private.

* Our admin 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.

The development team have decided to shift to a more frequent release with major releases coming several times a year. The next version is coming out on April 23rd.

If you decide to install WordPress 2.1, you might also want to check the post-install checklist by download squad here. While the checklist is for WordPress 2.0.x blogs, many of the tips should also work for WordPress 2.1


An engineer by training, Victor has been working full-time online as an Internet marketer, a programmer and an app developer since 2001. He has been blogging at Sabahan.com since 2006 sharing his experience and teaching people how to make money online. Click here to join his private Facebook Group for bloggers.

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