Matt of Automattic has announced the immediate availability of WordPress 2.1 “Ella”, named for jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Here’s a sampling of what’s in the new version:

  • Autosave makes sure you never lose a post again.
  • Our new tabbed editor 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.
  • Our completely redone visual editor also now includes spell checking.
  • New search engine privacy option allows you take you to indicate your blog shouldn’t ping or be indexed by search engines like Google.
  • 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.
  • Links in your blogroll now support sub-categories and you can add categories on the fly.
  • Redesigned login screen from the Shuttle project.
  • More AJAX to make custom fields, moderation, deletions, and more all faster. My favorite is the comments page, which new lets you approve or unapprove things instantly.
  • Pages can now be drafts, or private.
  • Our admin has been refreshed to load faster and be more visually consistent.
  • The dashboard now instantly and brings RSS feeds asynchronously in the background.
  • Comment feeds now include all the comments, not just the last 10.
  • Better internationalization and support for right-to-left languages.
  • The upload manager lets you easily manage all your uploads pictures, video, and audio.
  • A new version of the Akismet plugin is bundled.

…and much, much more. There are little easter eggs hidden everywhere, so the best way to find everything new is to just try it out.

[Development Blog]

PLUS….

And to Add top the upgrade list they also released Akismet 2.0 today with the following changes:

  • Instead of just viewing the last 150 comments, you can now page through everything caught by Akismet.
  • There was a performance bug which could cause the old plugin to be pretty hard on the DB when getting a ton of spam, now it doesn’t.
  • You can now search the Akismet caught queue.
  • Longer timeout so it’s less likely to let spam through if you have a free key and the load is high. (With a paid key you always are in the priority queue.)
  • The counters now update properly when you clear things out.
  • A recheck moderation queue page on the WP moderation page to re-submit things in your moderation queue, so if gosh forbid Akismet ever were to go down you could have it recheck all your comments later.
  • A new counter widget you can put in your sidebar to show a live count of your spam, see an example on my site.
  • It kills the open_proxy_check option in WordPress 2.0 that causes false positives.
  • You can hardcode your API key in the plugin file to hide the configuration page and enable Akismet as a mu-plugin for WordPress MU.
  • If Akismet is unable to contact the mothership, it now has much friendlier debug messages.
  • And finally my favorite, you can now tell Akismet to discard spam that comes in on entries older than a month. (On the Akismet configuration page under Plugins.)

[Akismet Release]

I’ll be upgrading the blog tonight… but I’ll wait till the traffic dies down a little.

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5 Comments on WordPress Releases WordPress 2.1 “Ella”

  1. Lorelle says:

    This is great and thanks for helping to spread the word. However, you might want to avoid “problems” and shorten this to just an excerpt to point people in the right direction for more information. Posting the whole thing is plagiarism, especially as your blog’s design makes it look like you wrote it. Sorry, but I’m just being an educational nag. ;-)

    And thanks again for being a WordPress fan.

  2. Lorelle – I quickly deleted the Developer notes. I guess they also don’t need to know that the next release is April 23rd. It was a quick and dirty post I did at work. I figured others might want to know.

  3. FYI – For those paying attention. Akismet 2.0 came with WordPress 2.1

  4. Lorelle says:

    Just to continue the lesson, copyright law permits Fair Use copying, which is limited pretty much to 200 words, give or take. Might want to cull a little more. It’s great you want to announce things, but don’t tell them everything. Lead them to the information.

    And I recommend you take a look at What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content just to continue this impromptu class. ;-)

    End of lecture :D

  5. Thanks Teacher Lorelle….

    I don’t think anyone is going to get confused about whether I’m releasing WordPress. But thanks for the link. I think I remember it from about half a year ago.

    And since it’s been a “few” years since I was in school, I appreciate your lecture. The last lecture I remember was a very dry Chemistry lecture from a Professor full of himself and the book he had written.

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