Looking Forward to WordPress 2.2?

If you haven’t heard or read about it yet, WordPress 2.2 will be released this coming April 22nd which is less than two weeks from now. Many WordPress users are excited and looking forward to this release because of the following features:

New User Features

  • Tagging support
  • Permalink redirection
  • Improved comment editing

Developer / Power User Stuff

  • Atom 1.0 support for feeds.
  • Multiple format comment feeds, including Atom.
  • Switched to jQuery for core JS, which is lighter and faster.
  • Atom API support.
  • Additional XML-RPC APIs for pages and such.
  • phpmailer was integrated for performance and maintainability.

Future additions

  • New permalink redirection stuff
  • An additional bundled theme?
  • Widgets?

Good news right? Well, not for everybody. Apparently, the tagging support that is included in WordPress 2.2 breaks the good old plugin called Ultimate Tag Warrior. The conflict is brought about by the is_tag() function that is used by both WordPress 2.2 and Ultimate Tag Warrior. That’s bad news for people including myself who are using UTW. Fortunately Moeffju has found a way of fixing the issue with a UTW hack. It involves editing the ultimate-tag-warrior.php file with your text editor and replacing all instances of the is_tag function with UTW_is_tag. After this, just activate the plugin and it’s done.

Just found out that WordPress 2.2 does provide an importer for UTW tags and so I guess it’s not that bad after all for us UTW users. But it still means that once you upgrade to 2.2, you’ll no longer be needing the UTW plugin. Too bad because I’ve grown to love that plugin. One final word for those who plan to do the upgrade. Check for any conflicts that your existing WordPress plugins might have with WordPress 2.2 before doing the upgrade. Better safe than sorry is what I always say.

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  1. @jhay – Sooner or later we do have to drop the UTW plugin. I think I'll do that as soon as I make sure that the UTW tags import function in WP 2.2 really works and that it won't mess up my posts.

    Me too, I'll wait a couple of weeks before I upgrade my WP installation. Hopefully all the bugs would be fixed by then. :D

    @Joni – I think you dozed off for more than 5 minutes..hehe So far, the only known conflict or problem with WP 2.2 is this UTW tagging thing.

    @fruityoaty – Good for you and for others who just started or haven't used UTW. You can just start using the built-in tagging in WP 2.2.

    Thanks! It's nice to know that. :D

  2. Yeah, I actually am excited about WP 2.2 (such a geek, I am, LOL)… I installed UTW a long time ago (and it is functional on my site although you can't tell because I've been too lazy to actually ASSIGN any tags to any of my entries). Strangely, I was going to start tagging this week, but since reading this entry… it's probably a good thing that I didn't! So, yeah… I'll chuck UTW if WP 2.2 has it's own tagging feature.

    Good info to share. See, I learned something from you again? ;)

  3. I dozed off for like 5 minutes and now WordPress has developed version 2.2?! LOL. Looking forward to that! The features all look great. Hope it doesn't ruin any of the plugins I have installed! :D

  4. I'd drop UTW most probably, that's one more plugin gone to lighten up the server loads. In theory I believe.

    I'll probably wait for a week before making the upgrade, bugs will certainly be discovered once WP 2.2 gets released.

    If anyone needs help with upgrading their WP blogs once 2.2 comes out, I could lend a helping hand. Just give me a holler. ;)

  5. @Gean – A few more days. :)

    @christian – If you want to continue using UTW, you can apply the hack and keep it. :)

    @J David – You can always wait a few weeks before upgrading. Usually, they find a few bugs during that period then you can do the upgrade once the bugs have been fixed. :)

  6. Yeah. I'm aware of that.

    Shoot. I suppose, I need to say goodbye to UTW. I've been using that plugin for a year.

    Cool! I badly need that permalink redirection.

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