WordPress 2.3 Beta1

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So, a new developmental version of WordPress was released last night. Being the sucker that I am, I went ahead and upgraded to WordPress 2.3 Beta1, and to my surprise, everything installed without any problems at all.

I haven’t seen a full list of all that’s been changed in this version, but based on my limited usage of it in the past half hour I can tell you about two of the updates that will make the most impact:

  1. Tags. Posts now support tags without the use of a third-party plugin.
  2. Plugin Version checking. When you’re managing your plugins, you’ll now be able to see if a newer version of it is available (assuming it supports update checking).

According to the announcement, this version also include “faster JavaScript” and “SEO-friendly URL redirection”.

All in all, it seems pretty stable so far. So, if you do decide to upgrade, know that it’s not a full release, and you’re bound to run into problems. Make sure you backup any WordPress-related site files and database beforehand. Deactivate all plugins. Then upgrade. Reactivate your plugins one by one checking to make sure none of them break your site…

6 thoughts on “WordPress 2.3 Beta1

  1. completely reinstall WordPress on my site, I learn about an exciting new Beta.

    If I hadn’t already spent a lot of time reconfiguring everything, I think I would try the Beta. Oh well, I’ll just have to wait till the full release :(

  2. Go figure, just after I completely reinstall WordPress on my site, I learn about an exciting new Beta.

    If I hadn’t already spent a lot of time reconfiguring everything, I think I would try the Beta. Oh well, I’ll just have to wait till the full release :(

  3. Honestly, you probably *could* upgrade without affecting anything you’ve already done. It’s really just a matter of backing up what you’ve got first just to be on the safe side. So far, everything has worked… all of my plugins, commenting, etc… none of it works any differently compared to when I was running 2.2.2

  4. Yeah, I’m sure it would work…it’s just that I’m being a little lazy since I spent a good bit of time restoring my site. You see, I completely deleted WordPress and my database so I could re-build the site from the ground up.

    In the process, all of my category assignments were lost which caused me considerable headache since I refused to reload them from my backed up database file because I wanted to maintain a clean WordPress install unaffected by all of the plugins I had used at one time or another.

  5. Honestly, you probably *could* upgrade without affecting anything you’ve already done. It’s really just a matter of backing up what you’ve got first just to be on the safe side. So far, everything has worked… all of my plugins, commenting, etc… none of it works any differently compared to when I was running 2.2.2

  6. Yeah, I’m sure it would work…it’s just that I’m being a little lazy since I spent a good bit of time restoring my site. You see, I completely deleted WordPress and my database so I could re-build the site from the ground up.

    In the process, all of my category assignments were lost which caused me considerable headache since I refused to reload them from my backed up database file because I wanted to maintain a clean WordPress install unaffected by all of the plugins I had used at one time or another.

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