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Upcoming WordPress updates

Lorelle has posted about Wordcamp and the future of WordPress and there are a few things that caught me eye.

  • While little has been done to improve installation, upgrades, and WordPress Plugin updates, those are a priority for the WordPress development team.

    Excellent. I’d love some sort of built in upgrade system. Upgrading WordPress is generally quite easy but having 3 sites that use it means that the updates take longer and longer.

  • A new cache proxy called WPCP is coming which will speed up caching. Benchmark tests so far are amazing and will definitely speed up your WordPress blog.

    Anything that speeds up wordpress and reduces server load is good in my opinion.

  • The ability for handling storage will be improving, especially for storing images, videos, and other multi-media on-site and off-site.

    Good to hear. I have started using the upload feature of WordPress quite a bit so more facilities for managing the files would be great.

  • Tags will be out in the September release of WordPress 2.3. It will function fairly similarly to the popular Ultimate Tag Warrior Plugin.

    No tags on Binary Moon but Binary Joy uses Ultimate Tag Warrior extensively. I will be interested to see how they handle the change over. I suspect Binary Joy will hang behind Binary Moon when it comes to upgrading simply so that I can make sure everything will continue to work ok.

  • A new WordPress Administration Panel will be coming in the WordPress 2.4 release around the end of the year. It is designed to put what users use the most in the fore and improve comments and posting for efficiency. It shouldn’t be a drastic update, but will increase efficiency and access.

    About time. The shuttle project that was started a good few years ago was looking great and it was a shame it was never completed. I hope the update includes visual changes to stop the package looking so amateurish. I appreciate the simplicity but the designer in me cringes when I see the inside of the site.

You can read the full list on here site.

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  1. Interesting stuff. Installation & upgrading has to be improved, in order to hook more new users who think WP is too complicated.

    I use the Spotmilk theme plugin for my admin pages, looks way better.

  2. The team is working hard to make sure that UTW and other tagging Plugins will “import” easily with the new tagging system. That is part of what is slowing down the process, as well as trying not to make WordPress table-heavy, which can slow things down.

    Increase features while increasing speed and flexibility is a tough task, but they are determined. I like that.

  3. Chris – I used to use the tiger admin theme but it was just a little too buggy for me to be happy with it. I agree that the install and upgrade will help bring in new users too.

    Lorelle – I like the idea of the internal tagging system, and I can understand the complexities of building it into the system whilst keeping things speedy. I’m sure they will do just fine, and I’m also sure they will continue to tweak things over time.

    I’m uplifted by the features they have mentioned. WordPress has been fairly static for a while now (at least from a features point of view) and these new tasks are a good step towards getting moving again.

  4. On tags: I’m with you on this one, Ben. I might end up waiting in order to see how the new tagging system will work with Gnorb.NET. I used tags for a while (I forget which pluggin), but the results were… less than stellar.

    Also, like you, I used the tiger plugin — for about 3 weeks. I found it to be a bit of a hassle between different browsers, which is when I stopped using it. (On a regular basis I jump around 4 different browsers in 3 OS’s. Wouldn’t mind an interface that made administration using my cell phone cleaner. I mean, geez, what else am I going to do when I standing in line or in the little boys room?)

    As a tech writer, I’m also looking forward to this: “Expect tremendous improvements in documentation on the WordPress Codex in the next year with videos, screencasts, podcasts, and more.”

  5. Gnorb – yeah, now you mention it the codex improvements are a big thing actually – I always get frustrated when I go there. Once you find the information you want it explains things pretty well, the issue is getting there to start with.

  6. A new cache proxy called WPCP is coming which will speed up caching. Benchmark tests so far are amazing and will definitely speed up your WordPress blog. — That’s a relief to hear. I personally don’t have that problem yet because my site isn’t large enough but a few of my friends have slow load times to their sites. Can’t wait for the new update.

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