WordPress 2.6.5 Released: A security release of WordPress has come out and you are highly recommended to upgrade now, rather than wait for the release of WordPress 2.7. The release version is 2.6.5, not to be confused with the malicious version, WordPress 2.6.4. WordPress 2.6.5 tackles an XSS exploit that impacts only IP-based virtual servers running Apache 2.x and three other fixes. You can upgrade the whole thing, or just the five files which have been changed.
Please don’t wait. Upgrade the five files immediately to protect yourself. Too many blogs, including several of mine, have been hacked recently due to failure to upgrade in a timely and immediately manner. Hackers are looking for out-dated WordPress blogs and targetting them, no matter who you are. It’s better to be safe than sorry later. Upgrade now.
WordPress 2.7 Release News
Rumors are still flying, but it appears that WordPress 2.7, the long awaited new version of WordPress with a new interface, will be released within the next few days, possibly a week. Since Matt Mullenweg likes to make big announcements at WordPress events, it is likely it will be announced and released this weekend at WordCamp Australia in Sydney.
The WordPress 2.7 Beta 3 version is the latest test version available. It features a redesigned interface for the Administration Panels, tighter integration with the help files and documentation on the WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress Users, a new login screen, colors, threaded comments, reply from the Comments Panel, sticky posts, inline comment replies, improved Dashboard and quick blogging and comment ability and management, faster caching, auto upgrade of the program and Themes, parent/child WordPress Themes, and a lot more tremendous features.
I expect that WordPress 2.7 will make your blogging life faster and easier than ever before.
There are some changes to WordPress Themes, though it should be backwards compatible. However, WordPress Plugins that depend upon specific Administration Panel hooks and design elements must be upgraded to work with the new Administration Panel interface. Be sure and check with your favorite WordPress Theme and Plugin authors to ensure you have the latest version before upgrading.
Here are some articles with the news, screencasts, video, and features you have to look forward to in WordPress 2.7.
WordPress 2.7 Development News
- Version 2.7 « WordPress Codex
- The Results of Project Icon for WordPress 2.7
- WordPress 2.7: Project Icon
- WordPress.com – If WordPress 2.7 Was A Movie…
- Mark Jaquith – WordPress 2.7 Feature Preview: Publish Module (UPDATED)
- Customizable Post Editing Screen from Mark Jaquith
- Ryan Boren – WordPress 2.7: Getting Ready for Public Beta
- WordPress Usability Testing in New York
- WordPress 2.7 Navigation Survey from Jane Wells
- Shortcuts/Favorites Menu from Jane Wells
- The New 2.7 Dashboard
- The Visual Design of 2.7
- Usability Testing Report: 2.5 and CrazyHorse
- WordPress 2.7 Wireframes
- WordPress 2.7 Development Updates
- WordPress Development Updates from Jane Wells
- WordPress 2.7 and beyond from Matt at WordCamp Utah
- CrazyHorse Presentation at WordCamp SF
- WordCamp NYC: Matt Mullenweg on the State of WordPress presented a walk through of WordPress 2.7 (video)
WordPress 2.7 Features
- WordPress Codex – WordPress 2.7 Feature List
- Jacob Santos – 10 WordPress Features You’ll Never Care About
- Technosailor – Screenshots from WordPress 2.7
- Technosailor – 10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.7
- WordPress Codex – Keyboard Shortcuts
- Taragana – 16 Must-Know Features in WordPress 2.7
- OP111 – Ten New Features in WordPress 2.7
- Ottodestruct – WordPress 2.7 Comments Enhancements
WordPress 2.7 Plugin News
- WordPress 2.7 UI Configurability from Ryan Boren
- Ottodestruct – WordPress 2.7 Comments Enhancements
- planetOzh: WordPress 2.7 Featuring Your Favorite Actions
- Lester Chan (Gamerz) reports canonical redirects makes some of his Plugins not work
WordPress 2.7 Theme News
- ThemeShaper – WordPress Child Themes and
- Getting Ready for WordPress 2.7: Really Simple Category Styling
- Devlounge – Getting Ready for WordPress 2.7: Sticky Post Styling
- WPHacks – New Page Menu Function and Sticky Posts in WordPress 2.7
- Nathan Rice – Definitive guide to Sticky posts in WordPress 2.7
- Justin Tadlock – Making your theme’s comments compatible with WordPress 2.7 and earlier versions
- Sivel – Separating Pings from Comments in WordPress 2.7
- Weblog Tools Collection – Child Themes in WordPress 2.7 – Part 1 and Part 2
- Nathan Rice – Is My Theme 2.7 Compatible?
- Jacob Santos on the hazards of customizing Themes in WordPress 2.7
Have you written up a new WordPress 2.7 feature in depth? I’d love to add it to my list.
Question: Will Automatic Upgrade Work With Your Web Host? WordPress 2.7 features the new Core Update automatic upgrading for WordPress, but can your server handle it? A article on the WordPress Codex called “Core Update Host Compatibility” explores whether or not the new feature will work with a specific web hosting company.
NOTE: The upgrade feature may not work when updating to WordPress 2.7. It is designed to work after upgrading. To upgrade, you will have to it the traditional method first, then be able to use the Automatic Upgrading feature for future releases.