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WordPress 2.2 Delayed

WordPress NewsThe next major WordPress release was to be April 23rd and Matt Mullenweg has announced a delay.

Several of the new features, including the addition of tags, has proven to be a little more complex and trouble in the final testing phase than originally thought. They are hard at work fixing things and the announcement of the new release will come soon.

The list of new features and improvements is impressive, though. Here are some highlights of what to expect:

I will have more information soon on the new tagging feature, as soon as they finish implementing and finalizing the process. Just to let all the fans of the Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin know, they are working hard on making it compatible, allowing easy importing of the tags into the new tagging system.

So far, there is no hard estimate on when the new release will be out as the decision was just made today.

Currently, 216 features, bugs, and fixes are closed on WordPress 2.2 . For more information on what to expect in upcoming versions of WordPress, see the WordPress Roadmap.

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  1. Posted April 18, 2007 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    I just upgraded to the April 19th nightly build before Matt announced this. The issue with UTW seems to be calm now. I’m currently running it. I also noticed that the get_links tag now doesn’t work properly at all, so I finally had to knuckle down and change to wp_list_bookmarks tag. Perhaps its time to write down what really needs to be changed for 2.2. I’ve been meaning to, but…(perhaps someone will beat me to the article).

  2. Posted April 18, 2007 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Actually, tags won’t be in the upcoming 2.2 release, they are being pushed back entirely until 2.3.

  3. Posted April 19, 2007 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    I’m having JavaScript errors in the editor in 2.1.3 (impossible to switch between visual and code editor), so the upgrade is much needed. I suspect that I’ll wait for the new 2.2 release and hope the editor issues are sorted out.

    As far as I understand not everybody have these issues, which probably makes it a harder bug to find and fix.

    Robert. The tags sound very very promising. That will make our content on much better, and integrate even better with Technorati, for instance. Nice!

  4. Posted April 19, 2007 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    It will be interesting to see how many of the “undefined” NOTICE errors that I have been finding with the Error Reporting plugin have been fixed. But I really hope the “headers already sent” WARNING error is one that has been fixed.
    It may take a while to get the next version to work OK with UTW. UTW throws so many “undefined” NOTICE errors that I have been keeping the plugin folder option excluded except for when I’m testing a plugin.

  5. Posted April 19, 2007 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    I have the same problem as Jesper with switching between visual & code, it’s not such a big deal but looking forward to 2.2 anyway.

  6. Posted April 19, 2007 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    #3 #5. I have had problems switching between editors, in my firefox because i was using noscript extension; when the extension was updated to avoid this problems with myTinyMCE evarything start to work fine.

  7. Posted April 19, 2007 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    All of you having JavaScript errors and those sorts of issues: These are not caused by WordPress. Really. A clean install on a normal server does not have these errors.

    Using plugins that were designed for 2.0 with 2.1 can cause these sorts of problems. You need to look for updates for your plugins. Even if it appears to work, you need to figure out which plugin is causing the issue.

    Or it could be a theme. Lots of themes did some strange things, and if your theme is particularly complicated or uses any AJAX code, it can cause these sorts of problems due to incompatibilities. Fix the theme or look for an update.

    2.1 was not a minor release. 2.2 will not be minor either. If you don’t look for these fixes now, expect major breakage later down the road.

  8. Posted April 19, 2007 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Aww no tags till the next one. Oh well. I’ll live. But I can’t wait for the new version. 🙂

  9. Posted April 19, 2007 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Keeping my eyes on new release!! Personally i wish to have more themes!! Hope it would be competitive to Blogger by features.

    Knowledge Management & Research

  10. Posted April 19, 2007 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the update Lorelle.

    @Robert: Not to doubt your word here but are you sure about this push back for tags. Everything I’ve read so far indicates that getting the tagging system to work properly is one of the major reasons for the delay.

    Just wondering.

  11. Posted April 19, 2007 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    wordpress seems to become better and better… if not the best…. i cant wait for the launch of WP2.2

  12. Posted April 19, 2007 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Kirk M: According to the announcement, removing tags from the next release was the factor in deciding to delay the release. If they can quickly come up with a solution to the tag issues and complexities, it may be included, but right now, from what I understand, tags has been pushed back to the 2.3 branch or something in between 2.2 and 2.3.

    We should have updated information on this soon.

  13. Posted April 19, 2007 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    I’m very curious, I’ve been using categories basically as tags for years now. What is the big difference in implementing an actual tag system? Is there a difference? Technorati and still seem to recognize my “categories” as “tags”.

    It’s not that i’m against a great, built-in tag system I’m just curious what the actual difference is. And will it automatically import my categories as tags?

    I know you may not have the answer to these questions yet but I wanted to put htem out there.

  14. Posted April 19, 2007 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Huge difference. Categories are like a table of contents. Tags are like the index. For more information, see Tags and Tagging in WordPress.

  15. Posted April 19, 2007 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    AFAIK, everything is still at a stand-still.

    – Discussion on database reorganization.
    – 2.2 branch created.
    – Discussion on database reorganization.
    – 2.3-alpha version for trunk created.
    – Nothing serious “change wise” was applied to either of the two.
    – Discussion on database reorganization.
    – Discussion on database reorganization.
    – Last thing listed is still going on… 😉

    AFAIK, the whole reason to push back TAGS to 2.3, is to give the devs more time to sort the issues for it.

    As for creating the 2.2 branch, it was to be able to strip out the TAGS and then ship 2.2 with the current features Lorelle mentioned above in her post.

    And a few others which are mentioned on that Version 2.2 Codex page. However, the debate on the database reorganization deal is really the “speed bump” at this time.

    At this point in time, I’m not even sure. Anything could happen…

  16. Posted April 20, 2007 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Tim. We just solved the JavaScript problem. It turned out not to be the wordpress installation itself, but a plugin WP-ContactForm. (we replaced this plugin with an Akismet-enabled version and our problems disappeared).

  17. Posted April 20, 2007 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Well, it is a good thing that Matt is deliberate with improvements, although the waiting is hard for the promised incorporation of UTW capability.

    Right now, cuz I am a Rocking Kiwi Diva fan boy, I activate UTW to post, then de-activate it so that I don’t actually use its search features or its co-opting of WP search, which eventually would result in yet another suspension by my current host.

    I really hate having to go to the Principle’s office for being a UTW True Believer. On my third host in less than a year, roll up my t-shirt sleeves, have a duckbill, yeah

  18. Posted April 21, 2007 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    If they can quickly come up with a solution to the tag issues and complexities, it may be included, but right now, from what I understand, tags has been pushed back to the 2.3 branch or something in between 2.2 and 2.3.

    Here’s the story. Matt put tags in. He had some great ideas about the philosophy behind how they were implemented, but the actual implementation itself was poor, and did not do the philosophy justice. People hated it, almost universally, because of the implementation. We could have ripped it out and done it another way, which would have been a good common-sense implementation, but would not be anything inspiring. A third way emerged, which is a really nice implementation of Matt’s driving philosophy. It’s the best of both worlds, and it’s what WP deserves. Unfortunately we would not have had time to code it and test it in time for an April 23rd launch. By pushing tags back to 2.3, we only delay 2.2 a little bit, and get to work on tags at the beginning of the 2.3 development cycle, which will give us a lot more time to test it.

    The result is going to be very powerful — such that a plugin could add a new type of taxonomy (like Page categorization) without altering or adding any database tables or interfering with WP’s built-in taxonomies. It’s worth the wait.

  19. Posted April 22, 2007 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    A belated Thanks for the info, Lorelle. I banged into WP-Hackers and confirmed this later but I haven’t been able to get back here until today.

  20. Posted April 23, 2007 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    I’m still learning the last upgrade, having just found out I do not have WYSIWYG. The Absurd World of Brockeim is slower in development as a result. However, security updates are always appreciated.

  21. george joyce
    Posted April 29, 2007 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    So why upgrade now, why not just wait awhile? Instead of wasting time wrestling with the problems associated with plugin upgrades – every other week, it seems – just fix them when you identify a major upgrade free of bugs, hopefully no more than once or twice a year.

    I’m satisfied for now with 2.07 after watching the Forum in horror as people reported Category problems after the 2.1 upgrade. Categories are a central organizing feature in my Theme (based on what I learned from Lorelle’s posts on tags and categories!)

    Aren’t there too many WordPress upgrades in too short a time?

  22. Posted June 22, 2007 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I love the WordPress platform. The new upgrades are simply outstanding!


  23. Farso
    Posted June 28, 2007 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait for next wp version to use tags. My site really depends on having tags. So, looking forward to release of 2.3

  24. Posted July 10, 2007 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been looking for more information on wordpress
    because I’m using blooger right now and I think it has to many limitations. You’re giving me tons of stuff to think about.

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