WordPress 2.8 ‘Baker‘ is now available as a full release. It has a whole bunch of new features and improvements to themes, widgets, taxonomies, and overall speed. And over 790 bugs have been fixed. Now you can now browse the entire theme directory and install a theme with one click right from your WordPress dashboard.
It also features the new CodePress editor which gives syntax highlighting, allowing you to make minor edits to themes or plugins from your dashboard. With the redesigned widgets interface, you can edit widgets easily, have multiple copies of the same widget, drag and drop widgets between sidebars, and save inactive widgets so you don’t lose all their settings.
The highlights of WordPress 2.8 include,
- New drag-and-drop widgets admin interface and new widgets API.
- Syntax highlighting and function lookup built into plugin and theme editors.
- Browse the theme directory and install themes from the admin with one click.
- Allow the dashboard widgets to be arranged in up to four columns.
- Allow configuring the number of items to show on management pages with an option in Screen Options.
- Support timezones and automatic daylight savings time adjustment.
- Faster loading of admin pages via script compression and concatenation.
You might want to go through the full list of over 180 new features, changes, upgrades, and improvements on the WordPress Codex.
Our upgrade went well, without a hitch (using the automatic update). But DO backup your database and files before upgrading, just in case.
Source: WordPress Development Blog
Open source ASP.NET BlogEngine.NET – a new version has been released: 1.4.5 (just a month after update 1.4)
Here is what’s new on the table:
- * Enhanced Metaweblog API – In this release, they added the ability for administrators to publish blog posts for any of the users utilizing Live Writer. In addition, support for SSL connections with Metaweblog API was added. If you have it, you can now force it.* Database support out of the box – While 1.4 made it possible to use most any database as a backend for your blog, the team didn’t include more than SQL Server script in the download. This time around, they tried to make it easier than ever to get started with a database backend. In the setup folder, there are instructions and scripts to get started with SQL Server, VistaDB Express, SQLite, MySQL.
* Filter by APML – You can now filter blog posts using your own APML file. An APML file is a prioritized list of your own interests represented in XML. All BlogEngine.NET 1.4.5 users have this file (it is auto generated and named apml.axd). You only have to enter your blog URL and BlogEngine.NET will find your APML using auto-discovery, like the browser does for RSS feeds.* HTML Editor defaults – They realized that some people don’t like the included TinyMCE editor or any other editor and prefer to enter their own HTML. Well, now there is a switch that remembers your preferences and allows you to write your own HTML.
* File Upload improvements – Files and images that are uploaded will now be placed in new folders that are named by the year and month, such as: /files/2008/07/example.doc.
What is BlogEngine.NET?
It is an open source .NET blogging platform that was born out of desire for a better blog platform (better than WordPress? I don’t know that yet because I haven’t tested it). It is a blog platform with less complexity, easy customization, and one that takes advantage of the latest .NET features. It is developed using ASP.NET 2.0 (the latest ASP.NET version is 3.5).
BlogEngine.NET was designed using the current .NET framework and focused on simplicity, ease of extendibility, and additional innovative features. BlogEngine.NET aims to be the blogging platform choice of the .NET developers worldwide. I wish them success!