Archive for August 2008
The release candidate for WordPress 2.6.1 is now available. Although not a critical update (quote from official blog ‘If you’re happy with 2.6, however, keep on using it. You need not upgrade to 2.6.1 if 2.6 is getting the job done.‘), it certainly addresses a few bugs that crept in – as you can see on WordPress Trac.
Importantly – it fixes the permalink issue that has been mentioned on this site for those WordPress users based on Windows servers.
There are some international improvements, along with some IE fixes to the upgraded ‘Press It’ browser integration for quick content blogging.
The WordPress 2.6.1 beta 1 is available for download – and a release candidate should be out in a few weeks time. Only download the beta if you wish to help test it – wait for the release candidate if you are unsure!
This features almost 50 bug fixes and reflects the solid commitment from the WordPress core developers to push forward the development of WordPress.
So, if you have been waiting for WordPress 2.6.1 before you upgrade, nows the time to make ready – get backing up and checking your plugins for compatibility – because it’s on it’s way!
Just to let you know I have just updated my WP-CMS Post Control plugin to control all aspects of WordPress 2.6. Other new features in this version include the ability to turn-off the Flash uploader, disable post revisions, disable auto-saving and insert a custom message box below the text editor.
This is an important step for this plugin, allowing some really useful CMS features for WordPress, especially for web developers, as they are not piling up post revisions whilst developing sites and can just turn it back on when the site goes live if required.
There is a problem that has arisen with WordPress 2.6 – it seems to only really affect users that are using ‘index.php’ in their permalink structure (most likely hosted on Windows based servers – another good reason to move to a Linux server!). The bug is detailed over at http://trac.wordpress.org/ticket/7306.
This won’t affect users using permalinks without ‘index.php’ in the structure and I have personally upgraded a number of blogs and websites already upto 2.6 with no problems at all (all Linux, no ‘index.php’).