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WordPress 2.8.1 Released

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For all you people who like to wait for the first point release to upgrade, now is the time. WordPress 2.8.1 fixes a number of bugs. Some of the more glaring fixes I noticed are listed below:

  • Certain themes were calling get_categories() in such a way that it would fail in 2.8. 2.8.1 works around this so these themes won’t have to change.
  • Disabled code highlighting due to browser incompatibilities.

The first seemed to effect a number of mostly commercial themes which used the get_categories() function in their theme options pages. Despite the initial dismissal of this apparent bug, it is now resolved thanks to the swift action of WordPress developers.

Even though we already know how to disable code highlighting, having it disabled in 2.8.1 means you won’t have to deal with it at all, which is fine by me. Seems that feature turned out to be a dud.

Have you upgraded to WordPress 2.8.1 yet? Any thoughts, problems, concerns? Let me know in the comments.


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

  • Dustyfog


    Thanks for clearing up the clutter about what’s new in 2.8.

    I value the security issues highly, since my WP 2.5 blog was hacked by a Russian site in Nov 2008, and it was hell until I had to clear the 500-odd spam links to adult sites that were appearing on every page (invisible to visitors).

    So now I’m at 2.7.1, but how would you recommend the auto upgrade to 2.8 by clicking on the ‘upgarde automatically’ link in Dashboard?

    They say you’d better take a back-up, and it looks like a long and messy process, besides I’m not even sure how to do it :(

    Any recommendations, suggestions, please?

    Thanks very much.

  • Leland

    @Dustyfog: No problem. Sorry to hear about your hacking issue, sounds like it was a huge pain to clean up.

    It’s not really that hard to take a backup and I’d highly recommend it in case anything goes wrong with your upgrade.

    I wrote about this in the past here:

    At the very least you need to take a full database backup. Other things like themes, plugins, and uploads wouldn’t hurt either.

  • Dustyfog

    Thanks Leland.

    I’m looking at your post on taking back-ups, the way you put it, somehow makes it seem less complicated as compared to how it’s explained on WP site.

    Laters, will keep you posted. Thanks.

  • Jeevan

    I still haven’t updated yet. I guess I should to fix these bugs.