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WordPress 2.9 “Carmen” Released

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It was announced recently that WordPress 2.9 has been released. There are a few cool new features, which I’ll list below:

  • Built-in image editing – This feature allows you to do basic image editing to your uploads, including cropping, resizing, rotating, among other things.
  • Easier embedded content – Using the oEmbed standard, embedding content can now be as simple as pasting a URL. Support for YouTube, DailyMotion, Flickr,, among many others.
  • Global trash feature – The Delete button is now replaced with a Trash button, giving you a second chance to recover posts or comments you would have otherwise deleted by accident.
  • Bulk plugin upgrade – Now you’re able to bulk upgrade plugins automatically, instead of upgrading one by one. On top of that, it now takes advantage of the community-powered plugin compatibility data from the plugin directory.

The video below covers these features in more detail.

I’ve upgraded a few of my sites to 2.9 with no issues. Regardless, make sure you backup your site beforehand. If for some reason automatic upgrade doesn’t work, you can still upgrade manually.

Has anyone else tried WordPress 2.9? Let me know what you think in the comments.


Leland Fiegel was the original founder of ThemeLab. He is a web developer who loves WordPress and blogging.