WordPress 2.2 Available For Download

For those of you who never read what is on your WordPress Dashboard, here’s a little heads up. WordPress 2.2 is available for download. This version includes a number of new features, most notably Widgets integration, and over two hundred bug fixes. Some of the new goodies includes.

  • 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.

In addition there were also dozens of UI and accessibility improvements, ranging from more concise wording around options and links to things like a view and preview link above the content box when you’re editing a post or page.

I just upgraded the blog to 2.2 and so far it looks pretty good! All my Plugins appears to be working. That’s always a good sign. I’m not sure I like the new preview system however.

*Update – I see one bug so far. My side bar widget seem to have messed up. It’s showing two Feature Sites box and my Top Commentators and MyBlogLog box has gone missing. Anyone else have this problem?

*Update 2 – OK. I managed to downgrade back to the WordPress 2.1.3. I’ll wait untill they fix the sidebar widget problem before upgrading again.