The long awaited release of Dexter, WordPress 2.3 is here. The upgraded features are awesome, but so are the things you need to look out for when upgrading to this version of the software.
Here are the highlights, on top of the 351 bugs fixed:
1. Native tagging support allows you to use tags in addition to categories on your post, if you so choose. Weâ€™ve included importers for the Ultimate Tag Warrior, Jerome’s Keywords, Simple Tags, and Bunny’s Technorati Tag plugins so if youâ€™ve already been using a tagging plugin you can bring your data into the new system. The tagging system is also wicked-fast, so your host wonâ€™t mind.
2. Our new update notification lets you know when there is a new release of WordPress or when any of the plugins you use has an update available. It works by sending your blog URL, plugins, and version information to our new api.wordpress.org service which then compares it to the plugin database and tells you what the latest and greatest is you can use.
3. Weâ€™ve cleaned up URLs a bunch in a feature we call canonical URLs which does things like enforce your no-www preference, redirect posts with changed slugs so a link never goes bad, redirect URLs that get cut off in emails on similar to the correct post, and much more. This helps your users, and it also helps your search engine optimization, as search engines like for each page to be available in one canonical location. More info here.
4. Our new pending review feature will be great for multi-author blogs. It allows authors to submit a post for review by an editor or administrator, where before they would just have to save a draft and hope someone noticed it.
5. There is new advanced WYSIWYG functionality (we call it the kitchen sink button) that allows you to access some features of TinyMCE that were previously hidden.
However, and this is always the catch, this new version will likely break a lot of your plugins. Check this complete list of supported plugins. There’s also the list of non-working plugins and another list of conflicting plugins. For a summary of things you need to know about WP 2.3, read it over here.
Don’t rush this one if you’re not patient with the upgrade process — backing up, checking plugins, new tag system, etc. Maybe you might want to make a mirror blog on a subdomain or another domain and do the upgrade there. I usually do that method for most of my large blogs with tons of plugins and custom themes. Otherwise, prepare for a major headache.
If you’re just starting with a new blog, grab the latest version here and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the new feature-set.