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.
- New permalink redirection stuff
- An additional bundled theme?
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 coz 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.