Posted on 21 December, 2009 By 17 Comments

WordPress 2.9 Released on 12/18/09: Highlights


Monarch Release (by kcolwell)

If you haven’t already noticed the update notice in the WordPress admin, well, WordPress 2.9 was released on Friday, December 18th.

In my short video, I discussed some of the upcoming features in WordPress 2.9 and gave a quick demonstration of them.

There isn’t too much chatter on the WordPress forums about upgrade issues. This could be because the upgrade was released on a Friday evening during the pre-holiday snowstorm rush, but I believe that this is a solid release.

Some of the new features are:

  1. Global Undo/Trash – A deleted post or comment can be recovered. This will also remove all the annoying “are you sure” delete messages.
  2. Image Editor – There is a built in image edit with basic features, such as rotate and crop.
  3. Batch Plugin Update – All of the plugins with updates can be updated all at once.
  4. Video Embeds – Paste a url to a video in your post and have it magically turn into the video. Currently supported sites are YouTube, Daily Motion,, Flickr, Hulu, Viddler, Qik, Revision3, Scribd, Google Video, Photobucket, PollDaddy, and with more coming in the next release.
  5. Theme and Plugin Edits – This is one my my favorite features that I wasn’t aware of when I made the video. When you use the theme or plugin editor you place within the file when you save will be retained. Previously, you were bounced back to the top of the file. This is going to make my life a lot easier and less tedious.
  6. Gallery Shortcode – The gallery shortcode now has include and exclude attributes which allow you to pull attachments from any post, not just the current one.

Take Note

  1. MySQL – WordPress 2.9 requires at least MySQL version 4.1.2. MySQL is the type of database that WordPress uses. Certain webhosts, such as GoDaddy are using mySQL 4.0.27. This means that if your host is running an older version you will not be able to upgrade. Ask your host to upgrade or switch hosts.
  2. Backup! – As I always recommend, please backup your database and WordPress files prior to upgrading. If interested in upgrading manually, you can use my guide.

wplover has compliled a list of tutorials that will assist you in preparing your theme for the new features in WordPress 2.9

I like this release and the new features. You may want to wait for the .1 security release but for once, I see no reason to not upgrade now.

Isn’t it nice to have a holiday gift from WordPress ;-)

photo credit: kcolwell

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