WordPress 2.1 on the move

Matthew Mullenweg announced at Wordpress.org that WordPress 2.1 "Ella" is available for download. Some of the new features and changes listed in this version of WordPress that I think users will like include:

  • Autosave makes sure you never lose a post again. I'm a habitual browser closer before saving my work...so this will be a big one for for me!
  • A tabbed editor that allows you to switch between WYSIWYG and code editing instantly while writing a post.
  • The lossless XML import and export makes it easy for you to move your content between WordPress blogs.
  • You can set any “page” to be the front page of your site, and put the latest posts somewhere else, making it much easier to use WordPress as a content management system.
  • Much more efficient database code, faster than previous versions. Domas Mituzas from MySQL went over all our queries with a fine-toothed comb.
  • Pages can now be drafts, or private.
  • Comment feeds now include all the comments, not just the last 10.
  • A new version of the Akismet plugin is bundled.

Developers are also expected to like the cleaner code, API improvements, and a number of other improvements since WordPress 2.0 was released. Most of these improvements should especially help in WordPress plugin development.

References: Original Announcement