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WordPress 2.8 New Features

With WordPress 2.8 beta 1 now available – there are some great new features that I wanted to highlight for the upcoming WordPress 2.8 release.

An exhaustive list of all the updates are available for review, but here are ten highlights for the end user.

  • Don’t ask for confirmation when marking a comment as spam
  • Don’t notify post author of own comments
  • Allow the dashboard widgets to be arranged in up to four columns as set via the Screen Options tab
  • Improved Plugin search on Administration > Plugins > Add New
  • Autosave post/page when pressing Control/Command+S
  • Support more than one gallery on the same page
  • “Choose a city in the same timezone as you” for Timezone in Administration > Settings > General
  • Add “Send this password to the new user by email” option to Administration > Users > Add New
  • In upgrade process, provide better explanation for database upgrade message
  • Add password strength meter to Add User and Edit User

Everything looks very promising and the developers are doing a great job with getting bug fixes in place, more options, and easier to user interfaces. Stay tuned for the release of WordPress 2.8 in the near future!