WordPress 2.7 Beta Hands On [Reviews]
By on November 1st, 2008

The WordPress team announced the availability of WordPress 2.7 beta 1, and I was pretty excited to give it a whirl, so I installed it on my local PC and was more than amazed at what is in store for users with WordPress 2.7.

Here are my impressions on WordPress 2.7, remember this is just a beta version, so do not install it on your main blog yet.

Improvised Dashboard

The first thing I noticed after logging in was a improvised dashboard which was way much better than any earlier versions of WordPress.

The new dashboard has easy navigation links in the left hand side, which is a change from the regular top menu navigation the earlier versions had. The dashboard widgets have been rearranged and look pretty in WordPress 2.7.

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The dashboard also includes Quick Press a easy way to write short posts from the dashboard without having to invoke the full write panel. This is definitely useful when you want to write quick announcement posts, and can be compared to the micro blogging service Tumblr.

The write panel can now be accessed through any page from the top menu, and you can easily add a new post or page without having to go to the manage menu first.

Show On Screen Options

WordPress 2.7 now has a easy configuration menu to allow users to only see items they want on any admin page. This can be easily controlled by clicking on the Screen Options link in the top of the page.

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Once you click on the link, a menu will be shown where you can choose the items you want to display on the page, this can be controlled for every admin page, including the write page etc.

Enhanced Comments Management and Reply To Comments From Dashboard

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WordPress 2.7 has a pretty good comments manager, and now you can edit the comments without having to leave the page, and also reply to them from the admin dashboard, this feature is similar to what I did with the Better Comments Manager plugin.

In addition to that you can also filter comments based on posts, there are also keyboard shortcuts using which you can approve, edit, delete the comments.

Automatic Upgrading of WordPress

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WordPress 2.7 has a in-built function to automatically upgrade your version of WordPress, this feature is definitely a must have and I had tried to tackle this issue with the WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin.

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With the in-built upgrader you will have to the files and database yourself.

Threaded Comments and Auto Close of Comments

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WordPress 2.7 now allows the ability to have threaded comments where users can reply to any other comment, in addition to that you can also automatically close the comments after a certain period has elapsed, this option is available under Settings > Discussion.

You can also display comments in a paginated format, so that the page load time increases if there are a lot of comments on a post.

Install New Plugins From The Admin Panel

Installing plugins was always a pain with WordPress as you had to download the files to your local machine, unzip the files, open your FTP software and upload the files, before finally going to the admin panel to activate the plugins.

With WordPress 2.7 you can breathe some relief since can now search for the plugins in WordPress extend gallery and directly install them without having to download it to your local PC.

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If you want to install a plugin that does not exist in WordPress extend you can upload the zipped archive from your local PC to be installed as a plugin.

Enhanced Write Panel

WordPress 2.7 has a enhanced write panel which loads much faster and is more cleaner than the earlier versions, you also have the option to create a sticky post which will always show on the home page by ticking the Stick to front page check box.

I use Windows Live Writer to post content to the blog, so cannot elaborate much about granular changes made in this section.

Summarizing

Overall WordPress 2.7 looks like a good upgrade and it should be available to users by end of this month after the initial beta bugs are reported and fixed.

What do you think of WordPress 2.7, let us know through your comments.

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  • http://www.thechetan.com/ Chetan Gole

    After looking at this post, i am think of trying this new version of wordpress 2.7.

  • http://www.technogadge.com Technogadge

    So, lots of improvements will be there in the new version of WP? The comment management feature will help bloggers a lot. I would definitely upgrade.

    BTW, you have a great blog here. Will return soon.

    Thanks

  • http://marketsecrets.biz Caleb

    That’s funny … Usually my WP dashboard tells me there’s a new version for me to upgrade to,but it doesn’t say anything about 2.7?

  • Keith Dsouza

    @Caleb WordPress 2.7 has not been released yet, this is just a beta release where testers can use it and report bugs.

  • http://www.thefloatingfrog.co.uk/frog-blog/ The Floating Frog

    Thanks for the hands-on test report. I’ve installed it myself and on the surface it looks the business. They maybe a couple of weeks behind schedule on the scheduled launch date but it will be well worth the wait.

  • http://sathyasays.com Sathya

    Keith, Would nested comments feature require modification in theme ? I was trying to figure out how to reply to a particular comment using my current theme, and it wasn’t happening. Not sure if this is a bug or something which requires change at theme level.

  • http://cogdogblog.com/ Alan Levine

    All very exciting to see close after hearing of some of this at WordCamp in August. How about the media uploader, any improvements there? The 2.5+ version was a step, but still awkward.

  • http://www.paystolivegreen.com pays to live green

    It seems like a pretty good release. I like the fact that they added installing plugins from within the console instead of having to ftp them in.

  • http://www.iwebie.com iwebie

    WordPress 2.7 is bringing a new visual design. This design is almost completely implemented, but there are still a few areas that aren’t quite finished in Beta 1.

    Check here to know more about the Latest WordPress Beta 2.7

    http://www.iwebie.com/wordpress-beta-release

  • http://www.3arn.net Abdul

    Oh yeah, I saw a call from the wordpress team for icon designers last week, thanks for giving the whole update!

  • http://www.machinery-junction.com Machinery Trader Online

    Seems to have a really sick problem. The posts don’t get justified at one go. They are so stubborn that you have to edit posts nearly thrice to get them properly justified.

  • http://www.aaronhall.com/ Minnesota Attorney

    Wow. I had no idea that WordPress had so many improvements in store. This is exciting. WordPress continues to innovate and improve despite being the market leader.

  • http://blog.weborglodge.com Chris

    Wow! Those changes are huge! Can’t wait for the release!

  • http://www.affiliatemoz.com Affiliatemoz

    New features look amazing, especially the auto-upgrade and the easy plugin installation, any idea when the stable version is going to be released?

  • http://luke.gedeon.name/ Luke Gedeon

    Keith,

    Thanks for your Auto Update Plugin. It has been a great help my blog and several friends’ and family members’ blogs that I help maintain.

    I also have this installed on a test site and I was thinking about upgrading my test site to 2.7 beta. Is there an easy way for me to modify the plugin to install the beta?

  • http://luke.gedeon.name/ Luke Gedeon

    Affiliatemoz,

    A few days ago they said they were about 2 weeks late, but planning a release candidate (which should be safe for regular sites) on 11/10.

 
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