A few days ago, I asked this question: Are you Looking Forward to WordPress 2.2? as the release for WordPress 2.2 was scheduled to be on Monday, April 23rd. However, Matt announced yesterday that the release would be delayed for at least a week or two as the guys from the WordPress dev team try to polish things up.
The tagging system which is one of the features that’s supposed to be included in WordPress 2.2, will be included in the next release, version 2.3. But it’s a good thing though because the dev team is making sure that when the tagging feature is added, it would be totally compatible with the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin making it easy to import your current tags into the new tagging system. This is good news for me and everyone else who’s using UTW.
While the tagging feature has been put off, WordPress on the other hand has included several new features and improvements.
- Improved comment editing
- Multiple format comment feeds, including Atom
- phpmailer integrated for performance and maintainability
- Plugin Sandboxing to Test Drive Plugins
- Default and Classic WordPress Themes widgetized
What I’m looking forward to in this coming release is the Plugin Sandboxing feature. I believe that this would be very useful to a lot of bloggers like me, the type who likes to install and try new plugins. Anyways, all we can do for now is sit back, relax and wait for WordPress 2.2 to be released.
Dougal Campbell on his blog Geek Ramblings, talks about another feature that hopefully will be added in the WordPress 2.2 release, which is the “Deactivate All Plugins” option that can be done with a single click. This is a time saver especially when you want to upgrade your WordPress installation. No more going through the plugins one by one, all you have to do is click on the “Deactivate All Plugins” button. This was one of the things that I hoped WordPress would implement and now it’s gonna be a reality.
Btw, also check out Jhay’s post – WordPress 2.2 Delayed: Removed tagging support.