If you don’t know yet, WordPress 2.3 or “Dexter” as the WordPress team calls it has been officially released a few hours ago. This version is named after the great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon. I know some WordPress have been dreading this release, while others are anxious and excited about it.
Brand New and/or Improved Features:
- Native tagging support
- Update notification
- Canonical URLs
- Pending Review
- Advanced WYSIWYG
- Full Atom 1.0 support
- New jQuery
- Taxonomy system
- New method of doing SQL queries
Because of the plugin compatibility issue, I’ll be waiting a while before I jump in and upgrade my WordPress installation. Also, there are a few plugins I heavily use that will be updated soon by the author and I want to make sure all my plugins work when I do the upgrade. I know I’ll be spending a lot of my time doing research on the plugins and other issues involving tags. I wish I did it earlier like my friend Jhay who installed WP 2.3 RC 1 on one of his blogs.
For those who are intimidated or afraid of doing the upgrade, you don’t have to be. Just make sure you backup all your files especially your database. Then check if the plugins you’re currently using are compatible to WP 2.3 and update them to the latest version if you need to. You can check the plugin compatibility list for the plugins that work or don’t work.
If you’re using a plugin that doesn’t work with 2.3, you can look for an alternative plugin. I’ve already downloaded several plugins that will replace some of the plugins that I use which don’t work with 2.3 (in case the author won’t update them) and downloaded some plugins that are designed just for WP 2.3. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask help from your friends, other bloggers who have done the upgrade, plugin authors or from bloggers who you think can help you.
One more thing. Make sure you download all your plugins and WordPress 2.3 only from reliable sources.
Have you upgraded to WordPress 2.3? Did you experience any issues or problems? What plugins did you have to uninstall or install for this new version? If not, what’s keeping you from doing the upgrade? Share your thoughts!