I normally don’t post about WordPress related things but since another milestone release is schedule for Monday I figured I could make an exception. I did mention this release in the forum last week because I came across some amazing screenshots that represented what the Administration screen was supposed to look like. Well, sorry to be the bearer of bad news but it looks like the nice makeover won’t be coming this time around.

To keep up on WordPress pre-release versions you’re supposed to subscribe to their mailing list, but if you’re anything like me you might want to try and keep your Inbox free from clutter. If that’s the case all you need is this site which is the web-based version of their mailing list. In there you can find the download links for the pre-release versions of WordPress. I saw that the second release candidate was sitting in there, so I thought I would give it a shot.

Now I’m not quite sure what to expect in the way of new features, but the administration screen is essentially the same. There are two things that I did notice a difference on though:

There is now a separate section for managing your comments:

WordPress Comments

You can block search engines from visiting your site, while still allowing normal visitors:

WordPress Search Engine Privacy

My favorite thing would be the classy login page though:

WordPress Login

I’m not 100% sure when I’ll get around to upgrading to WordPress 2.1, but I hope to do it within a few days of it being released. I’ll have to play around with some plug-in compatibility along with a few other things, but I have heard some good things about speed enhancements and such.