Download and Test WordPress 2.8 Beta 1

Written By Sam on 17 May 2009

5 months after the start of the WordPress 2.8 development, finally WordPress released the beta 1 version of WordPress 2.8. WordPress 2.8 Beta 1 is mainly intended for developers to test it and report the bugs. The latest WordPress 2.8 Beta has got many new features and I feel that many more features will be added by the time the final version of WordPress 2.8 is released to the public.


The WordPress Codex says “On May xxth, 2009, WordPress Version 2.8, named for xxxxxxxxxxx, will be released to the public”. If you have a test blog then you can try out WordPress 2.8 on your blog.

New Features in WordPress 2.8 Beta 1

  • New Theme Installer routines
  • Add CodePress syntax highlighting to Theme and Plugin editors
  • You can use “Custom Header” for menu text.
  • Separate Comments into a separate postbox, from Discussion postbox, on the Edit Post screen
  • Developers can make tags accessible without Javascript on the edit screen
  • No confirmation when marking a comment as spam
  • No notification to post author of own comments
  • Allow the dashboard widgets to be arranged in up to four columns as set via the Screen Options tab
  • Improved of Admin icons (grey-to-transparent shadows)
  • Improvements in UI, quoting fixes, plus ability for Contributors to use Press This
  • You can add column “Rating” in Administration > Links > Edit
  • Improve installer to help people entering wrong email addresses
  • Per Page option for plugins
  • Show absolute date instead of relative date for scheduled posts
  • Add per page option to Screen Options for comments, posts, pages, media, categories and tags
  • Better explanation for database upgrade message for upgrade process
  • Add “Send this password to the new user by email” option to Administration > Users > Add New
  • Improved database performance
  • JS script loader Improvements
  • New Widgets API
  • Menu reordering via plugin

There are lot many features, changes and additions that are improved related to themes, plugins, Admin area, JS script loader and new widget API. And there are also many features that didn’t make it into Version 2.8. You can read the WordPress Codex page to know more about Features in WordPress 2.8 Beta 1.

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