If you have a WordPress website (all of our existing clients) than you’ll probably see a yellow bar at the top of our administration site once you login. It will say “WordPress 2.9 is available! Please update now.” This is exciting because WordPress 2.9 brings some really neat features. Here’s a short list from Matt’s blog on what’s new:
- Global undo/”trash” feature, which means that if you accidentally delete a post or comment you can bring it back from the grave (i.e., the Trash). This also eliminates those annoying “are you sure” messages we used to have on every delete.
- Built-in image editor allows you to crop, edit, rotate, flip, and scale your images to show them who’s boss. This is the first wave of our many planned media-handling improvements.
- Batch plugin update and compatibility checking, which means you can update 10 plugins at once, versus having to do multiple clicks for each one, and we’re using the new compatibility data from the plugins directory to give you a better idea of whether your plugins are compatible with new releases of WordPress. This should take the fear and hassle out of upgrading.
- Easier video embeds that allow you to just paste a URL on its own line and have it magically turn it into the proper embed code, with Oembed support for YouTube, Daily Motion, Blip.tv, Flickr, Hulu, Viddler, Qik, Revision3, Scribd, Google Video, Photobucket, PollDaddy, and WordPress.tv (and more in the next release).
However, we won’t be upgrading our client websites immediately. Hear is why:
- The first released versions of WordPress usually have a list of known issues (aka bugs) that only show up through mass usage such as this list of issues that was present when 2.8 was released.
- Plugins might have broken. WordPress plugins have a history of breaking when new versions of WordPress are released. The good news is that the changes that were done touch the plugin architecture a lot less than it did in previous upgrades. We’re going to be testing 2.9 on a number of our hobby websites to test against the plugins we commonly use and once we have identified and helped fix any major problems, we’ll continue from there.
Patience is a virtue when it comes to upgrading. The good news is when we do finish all our testing then upgrade, it should be smooth sailing instead of rocky waters.