WordPress 2.2 Released

2 weeks ago, WordPress 2.2 release called “Getz” was announced. I know it’s a bit late, but after a long stay in hospital, nothing is better than posting about latest release of WordPress. The WordPress development team has announced the dis-continuation to support the 2.1 branch, so this is a required upgrade, including a number of […]

2 weeks ago, WordPress 2.2 release called “Getz” was announced. I know it’s a bit late, but after a long stay in hospital, nothing is better than posting about latest release of WordPress.

The WordPress development team has announced the dis-continuation to support the 2.1 branch, so this is a required upgrade, including a number of new features, most notably Widgets integration, and over two hundred bug fixes.

The new version had been named in honor of tenor saxophonist Stan Getz.

New features:

  • WordPress Widgets allow you to easily rearrange and customize areas of your weblog (usually sidebars) with drag-and-drop simplicity. This functionality was originally available as a plugin Widgets are now included by default in the core code, significantly cleaned up, and enabled for the default themes.
  • Full Atom support, including updating our Atom feeds to use the 1.0 standard spec and including an implementation of the Atom Publishing API to complement our XML-RPC interface.
  • A new Blogger importer that is able to handle the latest version of Google’s Blogger product and seamlessly import posts and comments without any user interaction beyond entering your login.
  • Infinite comment stream, meaning that on your Edit Comments page when you delete or spam a comment using the AJAX links under each comment it will bring in another comment in the background so you always have 20 items on the page. (I know it sounds geeky, but try it!)
  • We now protect you from activating a plugin or editing a file that will break your blog.
  • Core plugin and filter speed optimizations should make everything feel a bit more snappy and lighter on your server.
  • We’ve added a hook for WYSIWYG support in a future version of Safari.

Developer Features:

  • A new set of WordPress-specific XML-RPC APIs that allow for editing pages, setting categories, and much more.
  • We now use jQuery for a number of internal functions, and hope to transition all of our JS to use it. (We still need volunteers for this.)
  • Comment feeds now support multiple formats, including Atom.
  • Our internal mail functions now use phpMailer, which allows for things like SMTP support.
  • You can now set database collation and character set in your config file.
  • You can also hardcode your site and WP URL in the config file, overriding the values in the DB.
  • Finally we’ve increased the inline documentation of a number of functions inside of WP, which should help you navigate those parts of the code.

For more detailed and in-depth look that’s changed, here is a list of all 244 closed tickets, you can use this link to see what files and lines of code has been changed.

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