After reading the new features of WordPress 2.9, which it named ‘Carmen’ release to honor Carmen McRae, a magical jazz vocalist, I was very excited to jump off to the new version. I immediately created a backup of my entire website so that if any problems occur during the upgrade process, I will have something to restore back. And obviously, backup is the first thing you should do when migrating and upgrading. So after securing my backup, off I go with the upgrade. How did I do that?
- From my Dashboard, I click on Tools.
- Then, I click on Upgrade.
- Because I am lazy, I chose automatic install to let the install wizard do all the installation and configuration for me. Which I think is also the safest choice. And that’s it.
So, what are the new cool features of this WordPress 2.9 that impressed me?
- Global undo/”trash” feature. WordPress now gives me 30 days to think over the things that I deleted. This means that if I just accidentally delete a post or comment I can still retrieve it back something like a recycle bin of Windows. I have a choice now of deleting it permanently or restore it back..
- Built-in image editor. This new cool feature of WordPress 2.9 now allows me to edit my images. I can crop, rotate, flip, and scale my images the way I like them.
- Batch plugin update and compatibility checking. I can can now update 10 plugins at once, instead of clicking each plugin upgrades. With the new compatibility data, I am now rest assured that new plugins are compatible with my new WordPress 2.9.
- Easier video embeds. Another desirable feature is the new way of embedding my videos. WordPress 2.9 now allows me to just paste a URL in one line and it automatically shows my video. The Oembed feature provides support for YouTube, Daily Motion, Blip.tv, Flickr, Hulu, Viddler, Qik, Revision3, Scribd, Google Video, Photobucket, PollDaddy, and WordPress.tv.