WordPress 2.3 has been officially released. This is a major upgrade that includes native tagging support, plugin update notification, URL handling improvements, and more. There are quite a few changes in this release, but here are the most notable. You can read about other changes in the official WordPress 2.3 announcement.
Native tagging support allows you to use tags in addition to categories on your posts, if you so choose. We’ve included importers for the Ultimate Tag Warrior, Jerome’s Keywords, Simple Tags, and Bunny’s Technorati Tag plugins so if you’ve already been using a tagging plugin you can bring your data into the new system. The tagging system is also wicked-fast, so your host won’t mind.
Our new update notification lets you know when there is a new release of WordPress or when any of the plugins you use has an update available. It works by sending your blog URL, plugins, and version information to our new api.wordpress.org service which then compares it to the plugin database and tells you whats the latest and greatest you can use.
We’ve cleaned up URLs a bunch in a feature we call canonical URLs which does things like enforce your no-www preference, redirect posts with changed slugs so a link never goes bad, redirect URLs that get cut off in emails on similar to the correct post, and much more. This helps your users, and it also helps your search engine optimization, as search engines like for each page to be available in one canonical location.
Our new pending review feature will be great for multi-author blogs. It allows authors to submit a post for review by an editor or administrator, where before they would just have to save a draft and hope someone noticed it.
There is new advanced WYSIWYG functionality (we call it the kitchen sink button) that allows you to access some features of TinyMCE that were previously hidden.
Normally I would suggest upgrading your installation of WordPress as soon as possible, however seeing as how this release is a major upgrade, there is a higher chance that something will break during the upgrade. Before upgrading I would highly recommend doing a little research to make sure there isn’t something with your installation that will quite working, specifically your plugins. And as always make sure you do a thorough backup before upgrading.
Here are a few WordPress 2.3 related articles and information that you might be interested in before upgrading.
WordPress 2.3 Related Articles & Information
Upgrading & General
Preparing for WordPress 2.3
5 Step Failsafe upgrade for WordPress
How to Switch from Ultimate Tag Warrior to WordPress 2.3 Tagging
Wordpress Update Causes Privacy Controversy
WordPress 2.3 Does Not Spy On Users
How To Add Wordpress 2.3 Tags To Your Current Theme
I’ve successfully upgraded to 2.3 on my test blog and will probably upgrading the main site this week. Have you upgraded yet? Was it a smooth process or did you have problems?