I was lucky to meet the founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg, at Blog World Expo last year.
Matt is one of the founders of Automattic, the company that makes WordPress. I wrote an article over a year ago about how Matt was changing the web at age 21 with the massive popularity of WordPress as the bloggers’ platform of choice.
I first started using WordPress back in November of 2006, almost two years ago. It is amazing how far WordPress has come in the past few years, both in regards to its software and how widely used it is being used. Major companies like Sony, General Electric, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal are now using WordPress for major sections of their websites. That’s quite the list of clients.
WordPress just stepped up the game, once again, with the incredibly quick release of version 2.6. – a full month ahead of schedule. Version 2.6 offers many more useful features, including:
- Word count! Never guess how many words are in your post anymore.
- Image captions, so you can add sweet captions like Political Ticker does under your images.
- Bulk management of plugins.
- A completely revamped image control to allow for easier inserting, floating, and resizing. It’s now fully integrated with the WYSIWYG.
- Drag-and-drop reordering of Galleries.
- Plugin update notification bubble.
- Customizable default avatars.
- You can now upload media when in full-screen mode.
- You can now have many thousands of pages or categories with no interface issues.
- You can toggle between the Flash uploader and the classic one.
- A number of proactive security enhancements, including cookies and database interactions.
- Version 2.6 fixes approximately 194 bugs.
Rather than tell you about all of the new features, check out this video:
The WP 2.6 upgrade for the UBD blog and my blog were absolutely painless. I strongly recommend everyone check out the new version of WordPress.
I’ve been playing around with another piece of Automattic software lately that is not as well-known as WordPress. I will be writing about that experience in my next post!