This week was very busy in the world of WordPress: WordPress 4.2 was released yesterday, and massive potential security risk was discovered few days before exposing error in thousands of plugins to XSS vulnerability caused by lack of clarity in WordPress documentation.
It is not fair only to point out what is not good with upcoming WordPress, as I did yesterday. There are many things WordPress need, and for some reason all that is completely overlooked by core developers, so I will list all those things that will actually make WordPress better.
WordPress 3.4 Beta was released next week, and it is a good time to see what to expect from new version. Right from the start, I must say that I am disappointed with current development of WordPress and that this new version makes even previous WordPress 3.3 looks good.
New WordPress 3.3 is just around the corner, and no matter how good new version will be, in the next couple of months less than 15% of all WordPress websites will upgrade to 3.3. And if you look to the past versions of WordPress, you will see that adoption rate looks pretty bad.
WordPress 3.3 is in development right now with feature freeze in effect, and it is expected to enter Beta phase in the next couple of weeks. For now, here is a preview of some of the features that will be part of this new version. WordPress 3.3 should be released in december 2011.
With new WordPress 3.1 coming out soon, it’s time to check out all plugins and fix the potential problems and compatibility issues. But, this time, job of doing that is much more complicated than usually, mostly due to the changes in way WP 3.1 is loading jQuery and jQueryUI libraries.
June 17 2010, day when long waited WordPress 3.0 code name Thelonious is released. After several beta and release candidates released over last 2 months, many, many bugs were fixed and right now WP 3.0 looks very stable and well worth the upgrade.
Every few months, about the time new WordPress is to be released, system requirements are again on the line and despite all discussions and facts presented by users, WordPress still maintains (the illusion) of support for PHP4, when that is far from the truth.
There is no doubt about it, WordPress 3.0 represents significant step forward for WordPress with merging with WPMU adding custom post types and many more minor elements that you will notices as soon as you install it. But I feel that this major releases is rushed.
Over the weekend I have updated all my websites to use latest WordPress 2.9, and I tried to test as many features as I can on different setups, with many different plugins and overall this is great release, but as usual, it’s not all good with this latest release.