After the release of WordPress 2.6 Tyner and it’s impressive list of features, one can say that WordPress is turning into a serious CMS and is giving more and more flexibility to mange the content. There are already, some great articles which tell you that WordPress is a good choice as a CMS.

There are few features in this release, which impressed me and few which really didn’t impress me much and of course we’ll discuss that bug too -

What are the hits of Tyner -

1. Post revisions : The auto save feature stores revisions of the posts and that helps you go back to the earlier versions, in case things get screwed somehow. It also helps in case two authors are working on a post as it helps the collaborators to compare the versions to see what has been added by whom.

2. Gears support : If you are looking for faster editing and making new posts then it is possible with the help of Google gears which allows you to copy a local version of wordpress on your computer (not literally) and lets you work on posts while you are offline and once you go online, it syncs the posts, images flawlessly.

3. Press this : WordPress 2.6 now gives the bloggers the ability to post pretty quickly with the help of Press This. It helps WordPress act as a tumblelog and it’s certainly a welcome addition in this amazing product!

4. Theme Preview : Theme preview option lets you watch the preview of theme before even you apply that theme. This give you a much better idea of that how exactly your blog will look once you’ll apply that theme.

What are the misses of Tyner -

1. Press This : Yes It’s in our list of Hits as well, however there are certain features which should have been included in the window like – Ability to add categories, ability to upload images (it just takes the images from the web), ability to detect videos on the page and auto include them in the video tab.

2. Custom uploads path : This is the bug which I was talking about. WordPress by default uploads the images or files to wp-content/uploads/ folder however, it lets you change that as well. In WordPress 2.6 when you change that folder, it uploads the file however takes the wrong path of the images and thus makes it difficult for you to link to the file or if it’s an image then it won’t display.

3. Image Captions : It’s a wonderful feature as it adds small captions below the image, however the bad part of this feature is that it adds Alt text only if you add caption and if a blogger doesn’t want to add the caption but wants to add the ALT text then he isn’t left with any simple choice but to remove the caption’s html code. Not that it’s difficult but it certainly adds extra steps.

Other notable and useful updates -

  • Word count! Never guess how many words are in your post anymore.
  • 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-config file and wp-content directories 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.

So what’s your take on WordPress 2.6 ? Are you happy with the updates which this version has got or do you think that these updates don’t really help you much ?

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  1. I personally would have expected more updates in a major update such as this departing from WP 2.5. Still its pretty nifty, but not much in terms of extending the GUI or the user experience with the tweaks being under the hood mainly.

  2. @moserw : Indeed anyone would have expected more updates but I believe that it’s good enough when it comes to update from 2.5 to 2.6. I believe that in future releases all the updates will be some what related to security or extending WordPress as a mature CMS like Drupal or Joomla