A Look at WordPress 2.3

“Small Potato”:http://www.wpdesigner.com/ has written up a “preliminary review”:http://www.wpdesigner.com/2007/08/28/wordpress-23-beta-1-review-and-checklist/ of WordPress 2.3 Beta 1, and I must say that the new features being introduced into this version are positively yummy. I think I’m going to really like having tags native to the WordPress core. I “was worried”:http://shamuswrites.com/2007/04/19/tagging-fears-in-wp-23/ about the need for a tag importer for those of us who use tagging plugins, so I’m pleased to see that the WordPress development team will be including an importer for UTW and are currently testing importers for a couple of other popular tagging plugins, as well. It was also nice to get a closer look at the new template tag for tags – <?php the_tags('', '', ''); ?>.

The default blogroll has also been the source of much contention lately, in light of the debate over what constitutes sponsored links and what doesn’t. “Matt’s”:http://photomatt.com integrity has also been called into question over a number of issues lately, so it’s nice to see the development team taking the suggestions of the WordPress community seriously by replacing the legacy default blogroll links with others that point at WordPress development and documentation links.

I haven’t had a chance to install and test out the WordPress 2.3 Beta 1 yet, but I’m already liking what I’m hearing from those who have. I can’t wait to take a look at a full feature list for the next version of WordPress. I expect that some of my current plugins may break with 2.3, but I think the trade-off for new native features will be well worth the extra trouble.

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