WordPress 2.1 Ella has been released, and it’s ready for download.  With over 550 bug fixes, and quite the list of new features, it should definitely be worth the upgrade.  There are too many features to list,(view the complete list here) but here are some that caught my eye:

  • Autosave- This should prevent you from ever losing a post again! We use Window’s Live Writer for writing our posts, but previously to that we wrote our posts in the online editor.  There were several times that the browser would unexpectedly crash. Post gone. This should prevent that.
  • Tabbed editor: This allows you to switch views between your code editing, and WYSIWYG. Nice edition.
  • Improved visual editor- now includes spell checking!
  • Redesigned login screen from the Shuttle project
  • Upload manager lets you easily manage all of your uploaded pictures, video, and audio
  • Akismet plugin – a new version of this spam protector built right in!

There’s also a list of developer features that will allow for a new generation of plugins with richer elements like  image and thumbnail API, and a custom header, color picker, and image cropping framework.

As they plan for the future, they’re asking what the community wants to see.  The most popular ideas are pictured in the screenshot below.  The most popular ideas include plugin update notification, tags, and thumbnail and image resizing.


We’re in the process of upgrading, and will probably have it completed later tonight when traffic slows down a bit.  You can download the latest version here.