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WordPress 2.7 Hits WordPress.com Thursday, December 4, 2008

WordPress NewsIn an announcement on the blog, WordPress 2.7 will arrive on Thursday, December 4, 2008, at 8PM Eastern Time in the United States.

The article also includes instructions on what to expect on WordPress.com from the new features and instructions on using the new Administration Panel interface, though most of it is really user friendly and intuitive.

WordPress 2.7 Release Candidate 1 was released December 1, with 280 commits since WordPress 2.7 beta 3. This release includes the new menu icons created by the winners of WordPress 2.7: Project Icon, and fixes to the browser bugs that have been giving the development team headaches.

Testing is in high drive if will have WordPress 2.7 on board in two days. This could mean that the full version of WordPress should be released just before or at the same time. Originally, WordPress.com bloggers were told by Matt Mullenweg and Jane Wells of that WordPress.com bloggers would see WordPress 2.7 about two weeks after the full version launch. Unless WordPress.com will be testing the new version before the full version launch, be ready to install WordPress 2.7 by the weekend.

Cheers and good thoughts to all the hearty developers and testers not getting any sleep to ensure the deadline is met. This is really going to be one of the best versions of WordPress.

For a glimpse of some of the new features, see WordPress 2.7 Release News and Links.



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55 Comments

  1. Posted December 2, 2008 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    WOW. Can’t wait to meet fresh version. Thanks for update.

  2. Posted December 2, 2008 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    I am waiting for 2.7 so I can convert all my Joomla sites to WordPress.

  3. Posted December 2, 2008 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    I am already running on 2.7 RC1. I will upgrade to the latest as soon as it gets released. Awesome news.. Thanks for the update.

  4. Posted December 2, 2008 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Wow I am waiting too….
    new icon so cool…

    the best thing in wp 2.7

  5. Posted December 2, 2008 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    I am stoked for the new version, and the inevitable 2.7.1 a couple days later. :)

  6. Posted December 3, 2008 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    RC1 works great. The 2.7 I will enjoy fully.

  7. Posted December 3, 2008 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    I hope there will be a RC1-Gold/Final Release upgrade.

    I uploaded RC1 in one of my sites……I love it.

  8. Jon Cressey
    Posted December 3, 2008 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    I downloaded rc1 – BRILLIANT >BUT< where is the link to check your plugins?! Looking forward to the final release.

  9. Posted December 3, 2008 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    I beginning to like the new dashboard, but the new “comments paging” feature is bad SEO (multiple duplicate content). The comments paging should be exclude from being index. just my 2 cents

    and the winner for the lucky draw http://trac.wordpress.org/changeset/10000

  10. Posted December 3, 2008 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    That is some great news. I’m already prepared to roll 2.7 to multiple blogs a soon as i get my hands on the new version.

    Hopefully, the new features will be useful in everyday blogging and administration.

  11. Posted December 3, 2008 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    The release of WordPress 2.7 will probably lag the release of its features on WordPress.com. The idea is that any remaining glitches should be quickly identified due to the huge number of people using WordPress.com.

  12. Posted December 3, 2008 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    I already use 2,7 RC1. It is more comfortable than 2.6.

  13. abdusfauzi
    Posted December 3, 2008 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    have been waiting for this for so long. come on baby!

  14. Posted December 3, 2008 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    I’ve been using WordPress 2.7 since Beta 1 – RC1 in my blog. Kudos for the developers and those who are involved. It’s the best release of WordPress so far!

  15. litmanlive
    Posted December 3, 2008 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    Exciting stuff.. Will I be able to auto update within the dashboard? I notice that currently I’m taken off site to WordPress to download the latest version. Similar to plugin updating would be cool.

  16. Posted December 3, 2008 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    i’m having a wordpress blog release party…! you should join!

  17. Posted December 3, 2008 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    I have installed RC1 on my blog with russian language. It’s funny to see all new changes, that shows up untranslated. :)

  18. FAHEEM
    Posted December 3, 2008 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    Eagerly waiting for the release.

  19. Posted December 3, 2008 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    WordPress 2.7 is definitely a huge improvement, lets just hope this is a last overhaul of the admin interface for a while. I love the changes but even more would love to see those changes be more permanent.

    Will make learning curve for new bloggers a bit less intense.

  20. Posted December 3, 2008 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Sounds great. I have a question being kind of new to this all. How do I go about finding out if my current site’s theme won’t die on me after the update to 2.7?

  21. Posted December 3, 2008 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Damn and I am traveling tomorrow. Maybe I should call in sick. Looking forward to the new interface. I was a long time Blogger user then I woke up to WordPress. I love how you guys keep it fresh.

  22. Posted December 3, 2008 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Wonderful! I’ll wait tomorrow to test this new version! And very compliments to Lorelle for your immediately news!. Thx

  23. Posted December 3, 2008 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    I’m so excited for this version! :-D I’ve got it on a test blog to mess with, and I’m really anxious to put it on the rest of my blogs.

  24. Posted December 3, 2008 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    I wonder if it’ll be as good as Drupal.

    Nah, probably not.

  25. Francesca
    Posted December 3, 2008 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Wonderful news! I’ll have to wait till Friday afternoon before I’m able to update my blog software, but it’s okay.

  26. Posted December 3, 2008 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    I’ve been testing several of the beta releases and am very excited for the final release to hit the streets. I’m not a fan of installing beta versions on client’s sites but have been very tempted thanks to all the cool features added to 2.7.

    Thanks for the update, Lorelle!

  27. Posted December 3, 2008 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    That is great news. I’ve been using WordPress 2.7 since Beta 3, and have been doing the nightly updates. I guess the 2.7 release version will automatically be upgraded when I press the update button on the bottom right corner of my admin screen.

  28. Posted December 3, 2008 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait!

  29. Posted December 3, 2008 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to Thursday. Saturday, hosting a MeetUp to review and install 2.7.

  30. Posted December 3, 2008 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    @ Clinton:

    The first place to look for all help and news on WordPress is the WordPress Support Forums, especially in the area reporting on the upcoming release to see what problems people are having. This gives you a general idea on what to expect.

    If you are using a premade WordPress Theme, then check in with your Theme designer for the latest version and follow their instructions.

    For the most part, there is little in this version expected to impact Themes, unless there has been customization in the comments area. All WordPress Plugins dealing with comments are probably impacted by the new auto-reply and comment threading feature, though there are Plugins now to turn off comment threading.

    News will be out soon on the issues, but most of them have already been addressed in the articles I’ve listed in WordPress 2.7 Release News and Links.

  31. Posted December 3, 2008 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    @ TheSpotter:

    It will not be the last overhaul of the Administration Panels. This is the ongoing work that started with WordPress 2.6 and will probably get more tweaking along the way, though I doubt it will be very dramatic.

    As for the learning curve, in the tests with absolute newbie bloggers, WordPress 2.7’s new interface required very little learning – immediate embracing and functionality, the goal of the development team.

    To go from the old to the new took me a few seconds, and I’ve been through all the WordPress versions. While there will be whiners, there is much that is easier and more functional about the new design. Expect to “get it” fast.

  32. Posted December 3, 2008 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    嘿嘿,終於等到嘍!!!~~~

    不過話說我昨晚才裝好RC1……

  33. Posted December 3, 2008 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Have been waiting for WordPress 2.7 for so long!

  34. Posted December 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I just upgraded to 2.7 rc1 and only had one issue with the podpress plugin. Other than that, the upgrade went brilliantly and I really like the changes. I am still looking for a reasonable way to dela with the plugin issue, but aside from that, everything else worked well including my theme. I can’t wait for the official version to be released!

  35. Posted December 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    @ Warren:

    PodPress is at work on a new version, as the current one had problems with past versions of WordPress, so expect an announcement soon on that.

  36. Posted December 3, 2008 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, this is interesting might be something neat to try out on wordpress.com maybe some new features by the time the official wordpress 2.7 is released. What do you think?

  37. Posted December 3, 2008 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    OMG… Cant wait to upgrade my WP. I’m sure bloggers from the philippines will be glad for another upgraded version. Nice to meet you all, I’m from the Philippines

  38. Posted December 3, 2008 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a lot for the information Lorelle! I’ll definitely read up on it. :)

  39. Posted December 3, 2008 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    is it automatic? do we have to do anything?

  40. Jhagon
    Posted December 3, 2008 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Save WordPress. Save the world! Can’t wait anymore..

  41. Posted December 3, 2008 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    @ douglaskev:

    If you are using WordPress.com, you will automatically be upgraded, whether you want it or not. :D If you are using the full version of WordPress, you will have to upgrade manually, and thereafter, if everything works right, WordPress 2.7 offers automatic upgrades so you won’t have to fuss with this in the future.

  42. Posted December 3, 2008 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    @ Lamonte @ Binary Crunch – Tech & Programming:

    You can sign up for a WordPress.com blog and try it if you are that anxious, but I’d just wait until the full release is out any moment and spend that time making sure your WordPress Theme and Plugins are fully updated and compatible with WordPress 2.7.

  43. Posted December 3, 2008 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    I’m just starting with WP 2.6 and now WP 2.7 was released.
    oh, please don’t run so fast! cause I must run faster then before .. :)

  44. Posted December 3, 2008 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the update and your informative blog.

  45. Dent
    Posted December 4, 2008 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Thanks for making WordPress the best platform.. and the updates are really exciting but the 2.7 seems to be a revolution in blogging and cms industry as the designs and features i read they are coming on it are mind blowing… am eagerly waiting for it!!!!

  46. Posted December 4, 2008 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    I’m just starting with WP 2.6 a few weeks ago, but now I must run faster then before.. :)

  47. Posted December 5, 2008 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait for the stable release.

    • Posted December 5, 2008 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      WordPress 2.7 RC1 is incredibly stable. The issue in delaying the release is mostly related to browser issues, not core stability. Why not upgrade to the RC1 so you can take advantage of the automatic upgrade feature when the full version comes out? Then there would be no waiting and you could enjoy it yourself!

  48. Posted December 5, 2008 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    For WordPress.com users who aren’t really _into_ WordPress (i.e., they’re just blogging and don’t really care about the inner workings of the platform), the change to 2.7 was rather jolting. I gathered this from my friends who blog on WP. They say it’s taking them a bit of time to get used to the new interface. However, I know they’ll soon get used to it and won’t even dream of going back to the old interface once they do get adjusted.

    Personally, I love the new WP. Can’t wait for the final release for WP.org!

    • Posted December 5, 2008 at 11:39 am | Permalink

      You’d be surprised at the sophistication of WordPress.com users. Don’t judge them so lightly. :D Many have full version blogs but understand the power of SEO with WordPress.com blogs, too.

      The change to WordPress 2.7 is jolting, but the community has been warned and ready for months. It will take time to get used to, but most are getting used to it faster than past interface changes. It’s amazing how many positive reports are coming in from the WordPress.com community. Personally, I found almost no learning curve adjustment. A few words catch me off guard, like Design shifting to Appearance, but for the most part, it’s much more intuitive.

      And why wait for the final release. Why not upgrade to the RC1 right now and be ready to play with the auto upgrade feature when the final version comes out. That’s what many are doing.

  49. Posted December 6, 2008 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    So where is it ? :|

    • Posted December 6, 2008 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      Where is what? WordPress 2.7 will be released to the public before December 10 as written in the article and highlighted in bold. :D If you are on WordPress.com and do not see the new interface, then contact support.

  50. Posted December 7, 2008 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Thanks for making WordPress the best platform.. very SEO friendly!!

  51. basuki utomo
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    still using the older version :D thanks for your news, i’ll up grade mine soon :)

  52. Posted December 27, 2008 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    i will definately upgrade, thanks


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