At last the long awaited WordPress 2.5 has been finally released. For six months, it has been in the bakery and believe me the WordPress developers and designers have done a great work for all this time both to get the new release and also to update WordPress.org.
From the WordPress Blog,
2.5 is a major milestone for WordPress not because it added dozens of user-requested features, but because it reaffirms that we’re as passionate about blogging as the day we started. Our community is too fierce to rest on its laurels ” contrary to what pundits claim, blogging is far from finished” and every improvement just whets our appetite for more. And more is coming.
I totally agree with this and it is a great work which has been done both WordPress and also the new redesign of WordPress.org. In summary, the new features are categorised into:
- User Features: Cleaner, faster, less cluttered dashboard; Dashboard Widgets; Multi-file upload with progress bar; Bonus: EXIF extraction; Search posts and pages; Tag management; Password strength meter; Concurrent editing protection; Few-click plugin upgrades; Friendlier visual post editor; Built-in galleries.
- Developer Features: Salted passwords; Secure cookies; Easy taxonomy and URL creation; Inline documentation; Database optimization; $wpdb->prepare(); Media buttons; Shortcode API
WordPress 2.5.1 is now available and you are advised to upgrade. From the release post,
It includes a number of bug fixes, performance enhancements, and one very important security fix. We recommend everyone update immediately, particularly if your blog has open registration. The vulnerability is not public but it will be shortly.