First Look at WordPress 2.7

The WordPress team is hard at work on the next major release of WordPress, 2.7, which Weblog Tools Collection says may be every bit as important of a release as 2.5 was. It will have another major interface overhaul, and it looks like it will be quite different.

It appears that we may be getting editable widgets on the Dashboard, and it seems that the comments and links boxes have been combined into one marked inbox (?). The new interface features a side column for navigation in addition to the top horizontal bar, in an effort to cut down on scrolling.

On the Write screen, drag-and-drop elements are back, so you can re-order the page parts to suit your needs. And there is also a new Settings tab to allow you to completely remove unneeded elements.

And that’s just a teaser. Go to the original post on Weblog Tools Collection for the rest. WordPress 2.7 looks like it’s going to be a fun release.

  • Gossip

    Looking forward to try that, thanks for sharing!

  • Julie

    Thanks for the heads-up, Matt. I’m still on 2.5.x and haven’t yet gone to 2.6.x. Should I just wait for 2.7 or will I need 2.6 in order to go to 2.7? Many thanks for this fabulous blog. I read it religiously — :)

  • Matt

    @Julie, It depends. If 2.5.x is working fine for you, you can probably stick with it until 2.7 comes out. I’m not sure of the release date, so I’d keep an eye open for security alerts. If the developers release a security patch for 2.6 (2.6.1 was for functionality bugs, not security), it would be a good idea to upgrade then, seeing as the exploits may affect 2.5.x.

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