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WordPress 2.7 Rocks

I’ve installed the latest WordPress 2.7 on this blog and one other basically so that I could test it out before converting all my blogs. I must admit that I was a bit apprehensive at first because I did read a couple of bad reviews, mainly on how the new dashboard was awful and would take a lot of getting used to. I can safely say that apart from the initial shock of seeing the bulk of the Dashboard on the left hand side, I had no trouble at all acclimatising myself to the new layout.

That aside it has so many new and modified features. At the top right you will find a tag called “Screen Options” where you can select what options are shown on your screen, and I find that a great addition. Word Count is now directly below where you are typing the post, which is where it should have been from the beginning.

One of the best features is the “Sticky Post” feature which allows you to select a post to remain on your home page for as long as you want instead of having it disappear into the archives. This is a real asset if you are promoting a particular affiliate or just want to give that special post that you have worked so hard on that bit more exposure. To access this feature go to the ‘Publish’ section and where it says ‘Visibility’ click edit and presto, you are presented with the option to make it ‘Sticky’.

If you haven’t installed it yet I reckon you should do so because as far as I am concerned I would never go back to the old version. WordPress, you still Rock!

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  1. You know Stratos, I never even looked at the resource side of it, but then it never occurred to me as it seemed to run as efficiently as the previous version.

  2. Sire,
    Was there any difficulty in installing it. Even with my ‘one click’ feature somehow for mine, that doesn’t work and I still have to do any plugin installation manually. So just want to know did you encounter any probems in the set-up.

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    1. That was what I was worried about.. Didnt really dare to upgrade it initially..

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      1. Hope it goes just as smoothly for you Ben.

  3. No problems whatsoever Peter. I was a little worried that some of the plugins would be incompatible with the new version but so far everything is going really smoothly.

  4. No worries Mitch, I have updated the post to show how to find the ‘sticky’ section.

    1. I have updated the post to show how to find the ’sticky’ section.

      Well . . . apparently not good enough for me!

      I have scoured every admin page I can find for “publish,” and I can’t locate it. Please guide me. That feature does sound very interesting!

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      1. Oops, sorry John, it’s not in the admin section. The ‘Publish’ section only appears when you are writing a post.

        1. Thanks so much, Ben!

          It’s really astonishing to me how so many features and functions can hide in plain sight!

          Thanks, too, for your thoughtful comment on my blog.

          John Holzmann´s Last blog post..“That’s who I am”

          1. No worries John, and I’m not Ben. :lol_wp: Don’t think that I haven’t been lost in the maze of features that can be found on WordPress.

            As for the comment I left, I probably spent more time on that one than any other. It was important that I didn’t say the wrong thing.

  5. i guess you are right. i still would feel fine with the old version but the new one is as good. the only thing is it uses a little bit more of resources (memory and CPU that is) but that’s the trade off for progression i guess :)

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  6. Hi Sire

    Thanks for the tips about 2.7. I was thinking about if I want to upgrade. I was going to have to spend time to research on the benefit on 2.7. Thanks to you, I now know more about 2.7. I most likely are going to do the upgrade :-)

    Thank You,
    Giovanna Garcia

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  7. Twitter:
    I can’t believe I didn’t notice the Sticky Post thing until you mentioned it here; I guess my review was a bit deficient. Then again, I don’t know where to find it, so you’ll need to tell us more about it.

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  8. I’ve been testing it quite a bit on my test site. Everything seems to be working fine. No problem with any plugins or with the upgrade. I did, however, do the upgrade manually.

    I need to make the threaded comments before I put it on my live site. I tried to work on it Friday night but was too tired to make sense of the code – hopefully later today.

    One thing I’ve noticed is my had keeps moving to the top right to access plugins. I stop and then go back to the left sidebar :-)

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    1. I’m loving it. The one thing that I wouldn’t mind on the next upgrade is that they list the plugins in alphabetical order.

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  9. No worries Giovanna, I hope that it is as smooth a transition for you as it was for me.

  10. @Sire well it seems like that but if you get a live view on your resources you will see that they are a bit elevated. nothing to notice on the site though. i am still mentioning this because if a blog is in a shared hosting they might want to know ;)

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    1. Thanks Stratos, at least if my host says something about me being a resource hog I will have an idea of what he is talking about.

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  11. Another plus is the ability to install plugins -while in zip format- directly from admin…

    Look in your dashboard where it reads something like Latest Plugins, there’s a link for you to do an immediate install :!:

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  12. Thanks Caleb, I had a quick look and it’s under the Plugin menu and is simply called ‘Add New’. All you need to know is what the plugin is called, do a search for it and once found click ‘install’. Pretty neat.

  13. Nope, everything went real smooth, no problems whatsoever.

  14. I also installed WP 2.7 on one blog to test it and went ahead and installed it on all the others right away. It’s great! the only issue is getting the nested comments to work with older themes, which I’m looking forward to!

    drivelocity´s Last blog post..Upgraded to WordPress 2.7

  15. That’s not really an issue for me because I am quite happy to continue to use the plugin which does the job quite adequately.

  16. Sire,
    I use this theme for another blog of mine. Did the upgrade change anything with the initial settings? I am a low tech kind of guy, so I’m scared. Let me know.

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