The developers behind the WordPress project announced the official release of version 2.9, a major update of the popular open source blogging software.
The new version has some useful new features, including an integrated image editing tool and a global undo feature that allows users to restore deleted posts.
Originally developed in 2003, the PHP-based WordPress software is said to power over 200 million websites.
The previous version, which was released in June, added an improved widget system and significant performance enhancements.
The WordPress developers closed over 500 reports in the project’s bug tracking system for the 2.9 milestone.
This work represents a large number of minor augmentations that complement the major new features.
The image editing feature is my favorite in this release.
I tested it on my personal blog, which I upgraded to 2.9 this morning. The new version also adds support for bulk plugin updating and better media handling. If you put a video URL in a post, WordPress will automatically generate the markup that is needed to display the video in an embedded player. This works for YouTube, Flickr, Hulu, and a number of other services. The developers have also improved the XML-RPC API, upgraded the WYSIWYG editor, and improved the “Press This” bookmarklet.
The release notes have additional details about the new features and demo video that you can watch to see WordPress 2.9 in action. The software is available for download from the WordPress website.