What’s New In WordPress 2.8?

A little over a week ago, WordPress publicly released version 2.8 of their blogging platform. They managed to fix over 700 bugs so If you haven’t upgraded yet, we highly encourage you to do so. After upgrading, you might not notice anything different in this version. However, there are a few changes that make 2.8 worth upgrading to.

Here is a video that goes over the new features in WordPress 2.8:

For a list of all the updates included in version 2.8, check out the release page.

Our Favorite Changes

Here is a quick breakdown of our favorite new features included in WordPress 2.8:

Drag and Drop Widgets

We really, really like the new drag and drop widgets. It makes it so much easier to manage your sidebars. It’s really nice to not have to choose the different sidebars from the dropdown list like in previous versions of WordPress. So using themes with multiple sidebars is much less of a hassle now. Woo hoo!

Syntax Highlighting

For coders, the new syntax highlighting is a big change. It now lets us view the code in a way we are used to seeing with desktop applications like Dreamweaver. You can also jump to certain functions using the dropdown menu. This makes editing your files much easier form with WordPress. This was the first thing we noticed after doing the upgrade.

Add Themes From Within The Dashboard

We really like the fact that you can now add themes from directly in the WordPress dashboard. It makes it easier to add themes since you no longer need to upload them via FTP.

There is a quick look at 2.8 and what we like about it. Don’t forget to update if you have not done so yet.

Posted By: Justin Wright

This post was published by Justin Wright on June 23rd, 2009.

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  1. Jason 23 June 2009 at 4:59 pm permalink

    The drag and drop widgets is a great addition. I upgraded and didn’t notice anything until I decided to change some widgets around. Very cool!

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