I just wanted to highlight the latest release of blog and publishing extraordinaire WordPress to the public; Ella 2.1, Named after the famous Jazzer Ella Fitzgerald. I think its a great update and my website installation / upgrade was flawless. There’s some extra features added and some major holes in PHP that have been plugged.
WordPress finally has an easy way of backing up from one WordPress blog to another or just to backup to your PC, the simple XML backup is a massive improvement and makes backing up almost a one step process. They call it their WordPress eXtended RSS or WXR, and it will backup the usual posts, comments etc, including your custom fields. What i like the most about this feature is the simple usability of the function a simple export to backup to your PC and a import to bring the backup back into WordPress.
As I write this post my favourite WordPress change is automatically in full flow, this post has just been saved meaning I will not lose my work as often as I used to. A tiny bit of text has just informed me that this post is being saved, and then after the message displays when the post was last saved. Fabulous!
WordPress as a CMS
We are new a step further to everybody else realising that WordPress truly can be used as a CMS, a new feature that means any page or post can be used as the homepage of your blog this empowers users to be able to have endless options as to what appears on their homepage, with little coding knowledge. Before this function I used a plugin for this functionality and I always like it when my plugin reliance depreciates.
The dashboard and the GUI has had some small changes too, mainly a few changes to the color and menu system which seem to emphasize on importance of the different sections a little more potently, you ll also notice little changes like the the old links manager has been replaced with a blogroll section, and also that the blogroll section is now a category, empowering your links with extra features as well as the option to import links from another blog.
The new uploads section is bliss, If you upload an image you can re size it display it with all kinds of options including whether you want the image t link to a page or be a thumbnail linking to a larger image all inside the GUI. Once you have a few uploads there is also a much easier to organize uploads section too.
I have most definitely missed a few nice new features but the ones outlined are the obvious big changes to me, So what you waiting for get it downloaded!