Posted on 13 July, 2009 By 19 Comments

WordPress 2.8.1 Released


Released baby turtle, Acapulco, Mexico (by Rgtmum)

You have probably already noticed this in the WordPress dashboard but WordPress 2.8.1 was released a couple of days ago.

WordPress 2.8.1 fixes a number of bugs and corrects some security problems with the plugin administration pages.

If you have already upgraded to 2.8, I highly recommend that you upgrade to 2.8.1 as soon as you can. If you are still running 2.7.1, you should upgrade, but it doesn’t need to happen right away.



Here are some of the most important bugs that were fixed.

  1. The amount of memory used by the dashboard has been reduced. A number of people were getting out of memory errors, which resulted in only a partial page being loaded.
  2. The visual editor wasn’t being loaded for some users due to compression issues. This problems has been corrected.
  3. Better security has been enabled for plugins that don’t do specific checks on permissions.
  4. And … the big one. The automatic upgrade no longer deletes files after a failed upgrade. Yep, the automatic upgrade would fail and then delete a number of the WordPress files. That is not good. But, apparently it has been corrected.

As always, please back up your database and WordPress files before upgrading, make sure your necessary plugins are compatible with the new version, and upgrade manually, if possible. My WordPress 2.8 Upgrade Issues and Recommendations article has a list of steps to take before any upgrade.

Here is a video about the main features in WordPress 2.8.

photo credit: Rgtmum

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