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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

WordPress New Version 2.3 “Dexter” is ready for the World

WordPress announced the release of new version 2.3 “Dexter”. It's ready for the world. This release includes native tagging support, plugin update notification, URL handling improvements, and much more. This release is named for the great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon.

New features include :
  • Native tagging support allows you to use tags in addition to categories on your post, if you so choose. This has included importers for the Ultimate Tag Warrior, Jerome’s Keywords, Simple Tags, and Bunny’s Technorati Tag plugins so if you’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 won’t mind.
  • 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 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.
  • This version cleaned up URLs a bunch in a feature called 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.
  • 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.
  • There is new advanced WYSIWYG functionality (called as the kitchen sink button) that allows you to access some features of TinyMCE that were previously hidden.
You can download from http://wordpress.org/download/

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