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The first thing you’ll notice about 2.7 is its new interface. From the top down, we’ve listened to your feedback and thought deeply about the design and the result is a WordPress that’s just plain faster. Nearly every task you do on your blog will take fewer clicks and be faster in 2.7 than it did in a previous version. Next you’ll begin to notice the new features subtly sprinkled through the new interface: the new dashboard that you can arrange with drag and drop to put the things most important to you on top, QuickPress, comment threading, paging, and the ability to reply to comments from your dashboard, the ability to install any plugin directly from WordPress.org with a single click, and sticky posts.
Last, but certainly not least, this may be the last time you ever have to manually upgrade WordPress again. We heard how tired you were of doing upgrades for yourself and your friends, so now WordPress includes a built-in upgrade that will automatically notify you of new releases, and when you’re ready it will download them, install them, and upgrade your blog with a single click.
I'll just wait until my Fantastico gets it upgraded... I'll feel it's stable by then.
A change that isn't mentioned however is that the entire commenting system was moved and is now controlled by a single call instead of being a customizable snippet of code. We're going to see a lot of bland looking comment sections since they are no longer part of a downloadable theme.
Yes, you can pass some $args with the call but none that control appearance. I suppose this was needed to make comments threadable and pageable but in changing this for my own personal use I can say that not many people will be bothered, it's not a small thing to change anymore.
I rate 2.7 a solid B however, it's definitely an improved product, comments template not being easily accessible aside.
[edited by: JS_Harris at 3:29 pm (utc) on Dec. 11, 2008]
No thankyou very much Wordpress. We'll just stay the current course and update the old fashioned way ... when loads are minimal and all is quiet on the server.
I hate auto updates. I mean C'mon then. How many of you out there in www land have been working on a major project of some sort only to have it tilt when Symantec decides to run 3 or 4 instances of the LuCom all at once and every 5 minutes, for an hour at a time?
Or those of you on the Windows? Having Microsoft nag you half to death about a reboot in the middle of a support session or something?
Nope. I've come away with a certain distaste over the years with regard to auto updating anything.
Though Wordpress be only a small thing, when compared to bloatware entities like Symantec and Microsoft, the thought of the auto update still raises the hackles around here.
Upgrading and keeping secure the 100+ WordPress sites we manage was our most-hated task.
You should really look into running the sites off a single code base. You'll still need to visit all 100 sites and go through the download and upgrade process and then, when necessary run the DB update script. Can't avoid the latter, but you could still save a lot of time.
You might check out this thread as well
I hate auto updates.
The new layout is a bit on the busy/cluttered side, and like with anything new, you'll be lost for a bit trying to figure out where everything is because of the way the menu is set up. It still has the awfull previous version look about it and here's a shocker ... it refuses to display quite correctly in IEX ... Firefox and Opera do alright with it however.
My plugins all appear to be working, and if your IEX seems to just drag when you're tooling around in the admin, try Opera ... it blazes ... even faster than Firefox.
Not a big fan.
I tried it, and it moves along at about the same pace as Firefox does in my experience.
Don't get me wrong on this then, Google does a bang up job in many cases. It's just there isn't anything really too new or too exciting about rendering engines that have been around for a while.
Google's Chrome isn't exactly ... Cutting Edge.