WordPress 2.8 Release Candidate 1

After two weeks in Beta 2, the release Candidate 1 of WordPress 2.8 was published this night. The official release is planned for June 10th. I would like to share also, some ideas about the fusion between WordPress and WordPress MU.

WordPress 2.8

I won’t list all of the new features of this version 2.8, because I already described them.

News from the Release Candidate 1 are:

  • Many small improvements of the administration interface. For example, significant changes in the page of plugins management. This page was not very clear in the beta 2,
  • TinyMCE 3.2.4.1,
  • Some bug fixes (but not so many).
Plugins page
Plugins page

One important news, is about requirements:

  • Although WordPress is compatible PHP 4, it is now suggested to migrate to PHP 5,
  • The roadmap on MySQL is more detailed: WordPress 2.9 will require MySQL 4.1.2.

I have no particular opinion about MySQL. But for PHP, I think that his is a good news. PHP 4 is no longer supported, and PHP 5 will allow to use a better « object oriented » model.

Although apparently there is no blocking incompatibility with plugins, it should, as with previous versions, to be cautious and wait several days before performing the update.

Merge of WordPress and WordPress MU

The announcement of the merge of these two branches did certainly not interested most of the users, but it is nonetheless important because it opens a large field of applications.

This merge is quite logical:

  • the code and database differences are relatively small between the two branches: for the database, for example, there are roughly just an additional table,
  • it solves a lot of problems of support: today, everything is duplicated (site, forums …), while the issues are the same.

I take the opportunity of this announcement, to ask some requests:

  • I hope this merge won’t generate additional complexity, especially for theme and plugins development,
  • I think that the most interesting thing would be to facilitate links between elements of different blogs (categories, articles …). Why not give the ability to have a permalink common structure, for example. This possibility would open the door for new features such as multilingual blog.

Conclusion

WordPress 2.8 is a version of consolidation, but also the beginning of a new stage: the new API, the libraries update, the changes of requirements, and the merge between WordPress and WordPress MU, suggest promising future developments.