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The Wordpress platform has matured into a remarkably powerful content management platform, and a free one at that. And it just got better.

Matt Mullenweg today announced the release of the latest version of Wordpress, version 2.8.

Codenamed ‘Baker’ (a nod to trumpeter Chet), Wordpress 2.8 includes more than 180 improvements, upgrades and new features. Almost 800 bugs in the last version have been identified and fixed.

So what’s new? It’s faster, for starters, and the widgets interface has been revamped, allowing users to “edit widgets on the fly, 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”.

There’s an explanatory video here, which explains more:

And what of the future? Mullenweg explains a bit about the view inside his crystal ball:

We’re already thinking hard about the next versions, 2.9 and 3.0. Keep an eye out for improved media handling, better dependency checking, versioning of templates and themes, and of course the fabled merging of WordPress and MU announced at WordCamp San Francisco two weeks ago.”

Gotta love Wordpress.

Chris Lake

Published 11 June, 2009 by Chris Lake

Chris Lake is CEO at EmpiricalProof, and former Director of Content at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter, Google+ or connect via Linkedin.

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Comments (4)


Sarang Dravid

yup! I just got the update to wordpress2.8 notification.. and am updating it now.. !! ^_^ .. woohOo! Wordpress we love you! ..

over 7 years ago


Will D. White

I'm definitely excited - Wordpress continues to meet and exceed my expectations as an open sourced CMS.

over 7 years ago


Rohan Vimalachandran

I've been using Wordpress for a little under a week to power my blog, and am have been very impressed with its ease of use and power. About to update to 2.8, so am thrilled to read that a great platform just got even better.

over 7 years ago


Anders blogger in marketing

over 7 years ago

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