The latest WP version WordPress 2.6 Beta 1 is now available for download and wordpress developers, testers and early adopters can play with the new features, report bugs and suggest improvements.
The new features have already been revealed and here are some new features I particularly like
- Post Revisioning – This is particularly useful if you modify or write posts in multiple windows or collaborate with multiple authors and end up accidentally overwriting the content. WordPress now stores a history of all your posts in a timeline and you are protected from accidental changes.
- Theme previewing – If you have a blog on WordPress.com, you would have seen how easy it is to preview a new theme as applied to your site, before it is actually selected and goes live. In self hosted wordpress sites, the moment you click a theme, it is applied to your site and goes live, Though this theme testdrive plugin can fix issue, its great to see it as a part of core wordpress.
- Remote publishing disabled – Atom Publishing Protocol and the variety of XML-RPC protocols are now disabled by default as they expose a potential to be a security risk. Hooray to a more secure WordPress.
- Custom Avatars – Its really annoying to see those empty gravatar images when the commentor has not uploaded a gravatar. Now WordPress can source an alternative like Identicon, MonsterID, or Wavatars. Anyway if you still havent got a Gravatar, get it now.