Anyway, it was with fear and trembling that I hit "upgrade" on my web site. I secretly upgraded the Studio 646 site first since I get a grand total of no hits so if it crashed, burned and the ashes blew to the four corners of the earth never to be seen again - I don't think anyone would have noticed.
However, that didn't happen. It worked perfectly fine and got everything upgraded. It's looking like 2.6 is a success.
What makes me laugh though is how people are complaining here and there about how WordPress upgrades "way too often", which really comes down to twice a year. And really, they're just whining because they're too lazy to upgrade their web sites and make a few adjustments when things don't work the way they want it to. These are probably also the same people who still run Windows 3.1, use a horse and buggy (which I admit would save gas) and believe that women should only cook, clean and tend to the children.
WordPress 2.6 rolls out a few nice features, such as being able to test your template before you go live. I formally did this with a plugin called "Theme Test Drive" which worked well.
Here are some of the smaller features and improvements in 2.6:
- Word count! Never guess how many words are in your post anymore.
- Image captions, so you can add sweet captions like Political Ticker does under your images.
- Bulk management of plugins.
- A completely revamped image control to allow for easier inserting, floating, and resizing. It’s now fully integrated with the WYSIWYG.
- Drag-and-drop reordering of Galleries.
- Plugin update notification bubble.
- Customizable default avatars.
- You can now upload media when in full-screen mode.
- Remote publishing via XML-RPC and APP is now secure (off) by default, but you can turn it on easily through the options screen.
- Full SSL support in the core, and the ability to force SSL for security.
- You can now have many thousands of pages or categories with no interface issues.
- Ability to move your
wp-contentdirectories to a custom location, for “clean” SVN checkouts.
- Select a range of checkboxes with “shift-click.”
- You can toggle between the Flash uploader and the classic one.
- A number of proactive security enhancements, including cookies and database interactions.
- Stronger better faster versions of TinyMCE, jQuery, and jQuery UI.
- Version 2.6 fixes approximately 194 bugs.
So yeah, looking good thus far. Praise God for that!