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Countdown to WordPress 2.7

WordPress.com News now features a Countdown to WordPress 2.7 on blogger’s Administration Panels. It is clicking off the time until WordPress 2.7 hits WordPress.com blogs.

Countdown on WordPress.com blogs for WordPress 2.7

In the announcement that WordPress 2.7 will arrive on Thursday, December 4, 2008, at 8PM Eastern Time in the United States on WordPress.com blogs, you will find all the tips and information you need to handle the transition to the new version of WordPress.

Ryan Boren explained that WordPress.com users have already been using much of the core programming of WordPress 2.7, just not the new Administration Panel interface, which is due to arrive today. WordPress.com has long been a testing ground for the latest features of WordPress before releasing it to the public.

Full Version of WordPress 2.7 Due December 10: In response to the Blog Herald announcement, Jane Wells confirms that the full version of WordPress 2.7 will be released December 10, though it could be sooner if testing on WordPress.com goes well.

Update Now: Due to the recent security release of WordPress 2.6.5 and the stable WordPress 2.7 Release Candidate 1, it is recommended that you upgrade to RC1 so when the final WordPress 2.7 version is released, the automatic upgrade will update your version quickly and easily.

For those upgrading from older versions of WordPress, see Upgrading WordPress in the , the online manual for WordPress Users, and if you need more help, see the extended upgrade instructions. After upgrading to WordPress 2.7, upgrades should be much improved and most of these instructions should be obsolete.

Preparing for WordPress 2.7

While you are eagerly awaiting one of the most exciting releases of WordPress ever, check out WordPress 2.7 Release News and Links for the news you need to know about this new version. There are also tips and information for WordPress Theme and Plugin authors to update their own versions for users.

If you are worried about whether or not WordPress 2.7 will work with your server, Themes or Plugins, see:

If you have tested your WordPress Plugin or Theme and know it to be compatible, make sure you are on the list.



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33 Comments

  1. Posted December 4, 2008 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    wooow!im so exited for this update of wordpress <3 6 hours left :(

  2. Posted December 4, 2008 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    I am using 2.6.5 but I cant seem to see the countdown… Does that mean that I have a problem on my wordpress installation??

  3. Posted December 4, 2008 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Aw, I thought it was 8 a.m., not 8 p.m. :-\ I’ve been wondering all morning where my WP upgrade was :-P

    Guess I’ll have to sign back on this evening to run some upgrades!

  4. Posted December 4, 2008 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Re: Jamez

    I believe that countdown is for WordPress.com (hosted) users only, not self-hosted users who acquired WP from WordPress.org. You’ll just have to do the math yourself regarding how long you have until the release drops :-)

  5. Posted December 4, 2008 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Greetings,

    While all the excitement is good… We have found that 2.7 breaks most plug-ins and some themes, due to the new plug-in hooks and Admin interface. This may not affect WordPress.com users, but it will certainly affect all with their own hosting. During all the hype no one has mentioned this issue! I wonder how many more plug in authors will quit this time?

    The last three major upgrades, 2.3, 2.5, and 2.7 have broken many themes and plug-ins. If you are self hosted we would recommend waiting a while until all your favorite plug-ins are updated before upgrading to 2.7 ;)

  6. Posted December 4, 2008 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    YEah .. it’s amazing i am already using it …
    But i have figured out some errors on it :S

  7. Posted December 4, 2008 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Ministermark, my experience has been quite different: out of the nineteen active plugins I run on my self-hosted blog, only two plugins (WP-EMail and WP-Print) had any conflicts with 2.7, and the plugin author (Lester Chan) posted fixes almost immediately.

  8. Posted December 4, 2008 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    MY current theme, on wordpress.org/extend it has a tag “2.7”, but it is on the “http://codex.wordpress.org/Themes/Theme_Compatibility/2.7″ list. So how do I know if it is 2.7 compatible or not? I am assuming it is since in extend it is tagged 2.7.???

  9. Posted December 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle, you’ve failed to mention that upgrading to 2.7 on a self-hosted blog will break lots of themes, most notably the comments on the majority of themes. Please update your post so people are aware of this!

  10. Posted December 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Hep hep horayyy! Can’t wait for the full version release

  11. Posted December 4, 2008 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    @ Miroslav Glavic:

    If your Theme is on the compatibility list, the author has tested it. Go to their site or the WordPress Theme Directory to get the latest version to ensure it will work.

  12. Posted December 4, 2008 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    @ Ministermark:

    As has been found by most testers, WordPress Plugins that deal with comments are most impacted by WordPress 2.7. Themes that have not been updated to WordPress 2.6 standards may also have trouble, especially those dealing with comments and Administration Panels. See the compatibility lists to ensure if they will work.

    As for the issue of WordPress Theme and Plugin authors quitting, I don’t see the relevance. People often will create a Plugin because they need it, share it with the WordPress Community, and then disappear. Others work hard on supplying the WordPress Community with Plugins and support. Some come, some go, as is the nature of anything. The Community has been anticipating this release, with a lot of warnings, for many months, and most serious Plugin authors and Theme developers are ready for it. In fact, many are embracing it with joy as it includes many more hooks and functions than ever before, making their jobs even easier.

  13. Posted December 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    @ Jamez:

    As mentioned, the countdown is only for WordPress.com blogs. As the article states, the full version of WordPress is currently scheduled for release December 10, but might be earlier. If you are daring, you can install the Release Candidate to get you started.

  14. Posted December 4, 2008 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Great news, I can not wait for it. Thanks

  15. Posted December 4, 2008 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the tips! I’m excited and apprehensive at the same time! :D

  16. Posted December 4, 2008 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    @Matthew > Hey thanks bro for the clarification! I thought I was having problems in my installation! Good Day!

  17. Posted December 5, 2008 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    after using the beta version I am really excited for final version.. I am sure gonna write my new experience on my blog along with WP 2.7 :)

  18. loswl
    Posted December 5, 2008 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    Happy to see 7 on it’s way. God Bless ya’ll.

  19. Posted December 5, 2008 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    o.0 a countdown? I hope WordPress website will stand firm when hundreds (thousands? :S) of all people eagerly await the final seconds and grab the release. On the otherside, WP developers have all the right to be proud. It’s great release.

    Lorelle, would you use the ‘automatic upgrade core’ feature?
    I’m kinda scary >.>, I thought uploading files and hit the upgrade.php was all fine.
    So what do you think about it?

    • Posted December 5, 2008 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      If WordPress.com can handle millions upon millions of bloggers and visitors every second, then I’m sure they can handle WordPress 2.7 downloads. :D

      Yes, I would use the automatic upgrade feature in a second. Have. It’s great. Too many are unfamiliar with FTP and all the fuss involved in accessing their host server. This does away with all of that. I expect to see usage of WordPress increase tremendously just based upon this feature. I know that web hosts are eagerly embracing it as it drops their workload tremendously.

  20. lvsblog
    Posted December 5, 2008 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Some people have felt a tad overwhelmed with the new interface so I created a guide for my blogging students. It was so much work to put together that I decided I wanted to share the work. you can pick up a copy at WordPress 2.7 Guide to the New Interface. Hope others find it helpful!

  21. npc2
    Posted December 5, 2008 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    at first i like the new version but it’s really slow and it’s harder to use! any suggestions?

    • Posted December 5, 2008 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

      Install Google Gears and use Firefox to speed up WordPress 2.7. It works for me faster than all other versions.

  22. Francesca
    Posted December 6, 2008 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    I upgraded to WP 2.7 RC1 on my self-hosted blog and it seems to work fine so far. Though not WP 2.7 ready, my theme did not break, the problem is only that visitors won’t notice that the site is running on a newer software. And none of the plugins installed broke.

    • Posted December 6, 2008 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      If the only problem you have is that no one notices you are running state-of-the-art blogging programs, then you have won. :D That’s what you want. You don’t want your readers to know these things unless you blog WordPress and blogging. It’s not their concern. YOU are. :D Excellent.

  23. Posted December 7, 2008 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been anxious about this release for several weeks now. Hopefully it isn’t delayed.

  24. Posted December 8, 2008 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the info. I am waiting for this release from last 1 to 2 months.

    • Posted December 8, 2008 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      The rest of us have been waiting for more than six months. :D Sometimes the wait is as much fun as the having, but in this case, it’s better.

  25. Posted December 8, 2008 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been running 2.7 successfully since beta. It’s amazing, and if you haven’t gotten a chance to play with it you’re in for a real treat! :D

  26. noloafing
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    You can download it here

    http://wordpress.org/nightly-builds/wordpress-latest.zip

  27. noloafing
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    or http://wordpress.org/wordpress-2.7-RC1.zip

  28. Francesca
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    I noticed that WordPress 2.7 release candidate 2 is out.

  29. Posted December 10, 2008 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    It’s alive! WordPress 2.7 (final) anyways.

    There’s still some things changing and being updated on WordPress.org, but I checked it a couple hours ago and it’s up and ready for download.


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