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WordPress 2.8 Beta 1 Released

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It was just announced yesterday that WordPress 2.8 Beta 1 had been released. There are a ton of new changes, which you can see on this page of the Codex. Here’s just a sampling from that list:

  • New theme installer routines
  • Improved widget user interface
  • Add CodePress syntax highlighting to theme and plugin editors
  • Add Documentation (function) lookup to theme and plugin editors

For a visual preview of WordPress 2.8 theme editor with syntax highlighting and function lookup, check out this screenshot (click to enlarge).

WordPress 2.8 Theme Editor

Remember, it’s probably not a good idea to test these out on production blogs, so keep your testing either offline or on a non-production site. To any of you who have tried the beta, how do you like it?


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