Curious about the upcoming WordPress 2.4 release coming in January? Peter Westwood of Westi On WordPress reports every week, usually by Wednesday, on the status and development of the next version of WordPress, due January 24, 2008.
This week, he reported on fixes, development, and features for WordPress 2.4 such as changing the verb “Login” to “Log in” as well as improvements to the login process, a new
get_user_by_email() function and improvements and fixes in the
get_user functions, improved support for
mt_allow_comments, and some news you may need to know before you make your next upgrade via subversion/trunk:
The last change means that the next time you login the value stored in the database will change – this means that if you do upgrade passed this point reverting back to an old version will invalidate all users passwords and they will need reseting. Therefore it is a good idea to backup up your users table before updating to the latest trunk.
There will be some big improvements to WordPress in the January release including a new administration interface. Prepare yourself for the changes by adding Westi’s RSS Feed to your feed reader and following along in the weekly Trac Timeline for WordPress 2.4 development.
The new features proposed and in development in WordPress 2.4 include:
- Administration Panel Redesign
- Widget-based Dashboard
- Ability to Add Multiple Widgets to Themes (and Dashboard/Admin Panels?)
- Comment Editing Undo
- Search to Include Pages and Posts
- Improved Cache
- Improved Security
Copyright Lorelle VanFossen, member of the 9Rules Network, and author of Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging.