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Just noticed that the latest WordPress.org update has been out since Thursday.  This time round the update does the following:

  • Certain themes were calling get_categories() in such a way that it would fail in 2.8. 2.8.1 works around this so these themes won’t have to change.
  • Dashboard memory usage is reduced.  Some people were running out of memory when loading the dashboard, resulting in an incomplete page.
  • The automatic upgrade no longer accidentally deletes files when cleaning up from a failed upgrade.
  • A problem where the rich text editor wasn’t being loaded due to compression issues has been worked around.
  • Extra security has been put in place to better protect you from plugins that do not do explicit permission checks.
  • Translation of role names fixed.
  • wp_page_menu() defaults to sorting by the user specified menu order rather than the page title.
  • Upload error messages are now correctly reported.
  • Autosave error experienced by some IE users is fixed.
  • Styling glitch in the plugin editor fixed.
  • SSH2 filesystem requirements updated.
  • Switched back to curl as the default transport.
  • Updated the translation library to avoid a problem with mbstring.func_overload.
  • Stricter inline style sanitization.
  • Stricter menu security.
  • Disabled code highlighting due to browser incompatibilities.
  • RTL layout fixes.

If you’re into that sort of thing, you can read all about the changes between 2.8 and 2.8.1 here, and more details are here.  I upgraded using the auto-upgrade feature in the dashboard and it took under a minute.

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Posted on 11 July, 2009, in Blogging/WordPress, Site News and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Doesn't seem like the most crucial update, though some of the fixes are definitely good news.

  2. I have heard that some plugins will not work with the new update.

    Any problems?

    • Not noticed any plugins having issues at all. If there are any I'd go to the writers' site and check the comments for the plugin as they usually show problems and fixes.

  3. I've been using wordpress when posting topics like mtd snowblower for my snow removal site. But I'm not pretty sure if it's 2.8.1 or 2.5.1. What's the difference anyway?

  4. The difference is bug fixes and security fixes. If you are happy to leave your site available to be owned by some stranger, feel free not to do anything!

  5. I just discovered an issue with Akismet after I upgraded. I also am experiencing problems with both All in One SEO and Platinum SEO. But the upgrade went smoothly otherwise.

  6. Auto upgrading to a newer WP version is the highly recommended process.

  7. I believe we're up to 2.8.5 now? I keep everything up to date for security reasons, as well as protecting the wp directory, htaccess file and using the "Login Lockdown" plugin (which I highly recommend)

  8. For me, 2.8.1 was the most anticipated update ever. I’ve been using WP for 3 years so the fact that I’m a fan of the platform is undisputed, but update from 2.7 to 2.8 was the biggest step back in WP history yet. I’m glad that phase is over and done with. 2.8.1 looks much better.

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