WordPress 2.8.1 Released


Have you noticed the yellow upgrade bar in your WordPress dashboard? If not, version 2.8.1 was officially released yesterday and it includes a few bug fixes as well as some changed to make it more secure.

Here’s a few things version 2.8.1 fixes:

  • Certain themes were calling get_categories() in such a way that it would fail in 2.8. 2.8.1 works around this so these themes won’t have to change.
  • Dashboard memory usage is reduced.  Some people were running out of memory when loading the dashboard, resulting in an incomplete page.
  • The automatic upgrade no longer accidentally deletes files when cleaning up from a failed upgrade.
  • A problem where the rich text editor wasn’t being loaded due to compression issues has been worked around.
  • Extra security has been put in place to better protect you from plugins that do not do explicit permission checks.
  • Translation of role names fixed.

The problem in bold was something a lot of our clients were experiencing. Luckily this version resolves any problems with the rich text editor. For a list of all the fixes included in this version, check out this post over on the WordPress.org blog.

If you haven’t yet, we highly recommend upgrading right away to be on the safe side. We’ve already upgraded our blogs and haven’t experienced any problems.

Posted By: Justin Wright

This post was published by Justin Wright on July 10th, 2009.

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