Ryan Boren, one of the lead WordPress developers, has been releasing preview information on WordPress 2.1, along with some other well-know WordPress developers, testers, and users. Here are some teasers about WordPress 2.1, due out soon:
- Ryan Boren reports there will be a Custom Image Header API which will allow easier handling of adding custom header images to WordPress Themes.
- Boren also announces Right-to-Left (RTL) support which will help international languages function better, a long battled problem with Arabic, Hebrew, and other right-to-left languages.
- The WordPress Codex features a list of WordPress Plugins currently compatible with WordPress 2.1, at least in its alpha stage of testing. If you have a WordPress Plugin you rely upon for your blog, be sure and check the list to see if it has been tested for compatibility.
- Mark Jaquith has also been working overtime not only on development of the latest versions of WordPress, but also maintaining a list of the new WordPress 2.1 Hooks for API and WordPress Plugin authors and designers, offering some exciting ways to easily hook into WordPress core programming.
- BloggingPro reports on their WordPress 2.1 Alpha First Experiences that the new Administration Panels interface is a bit more jazzed up and easier to use and read, as we’ve seen on WordPress.com blogs for a while.
- Last year, CMS Report mentioned the addition of AJAX for the WordPress Administration Panels and more control over user access and permissions, which was integrated into WordPress.com blogs a while ago.
- A month ago, guest blogger Aaron Brazell discussed WordPress Plugin compatibility with WordPress 2.1 on the WordPress Development Blog, recommending to all WordPress Plugin authors to get their Plugins up-to-date. There have been big changes in how WordPress relates to MySQL which may seriously impact some Plugins.
So there is a lot of great things to look forward to with the new version. And another reminder – if you are a WordPress Plugin or Theme author, make sure yours is up-to-date and will handle the transition. It’s expected to be a huge update for a lot of users.