WordPress 2.1 – Coming Soon

WordPress 2.1 is due to be released in the next few days. It’s the first major update in just over a year, and has lots of entertaining changes. I’ve been working on a test copy of Losing it[1], keeping up to date with the frequent updates to the code using SVN[1], and seeing just how well it’s going to work.

The main issue isn’t so much the core of WordPress itself as the numerous plugins I use to make the site do what I want it to. As with previous major releases, a Plugin Compatibility list is being maintained. In fact, I added a few entries to it myself, as I gradually added more plugins to my test site.

Unfortunately for me, two of the most important plugins I use have problems with WordPress 2.1:

  • Ultimate Tag Warrior, which adds all the tags to my posts[2] has a problem when comments are approved: all the tags attached to that post get deleted. Christine, the developer, knows about the issue, and I hope there will be a fix soon
  • WPG2, which links WordPress with Gallery2 is a wee bit broken. The main plugin works, but the popup window which lets you pick images to insert into posts doesn’t pop up. A new release of the plugin for 2.1 is coming soon.

The only other problem for me is that WP-AddQuickTag doesn’t work, but that just means I have to edit a file instead of using a form. Moderately inconvenient, but not a big deal.

I did have a problem with smilies. :eek2: In particular, with being able to click on smilies to insert them into posts. But I fixed that. Yes, me! All by myself! I still have no idea what I’m doing with PHP, but I found what I was looking for. It’s a moderately long story, so I’ll put it in a separate post.

I’ll continue testing WordPress 2.1, but I won’t be switching over until I’m sure everything works the way I need it to.

[1] If you know what that is, you’ll be nodding your head. If you don’t know what it is, you quite likely don’t want to. :tongue:
[2] You might have guessed that :duh: