New features in WordPress v2.9

This afternoon we upgraded all of our WordPress based sites to the current version – v.2.9.1.   As usual, the upgrade consists of a mix of improvements and bug fixes. Here is an overview of the new features (copied from the official announcement) most likely to be of interest to you:

  1. Global undo/”trash” feature, which means that if you accidentally delete a post or comment you can bring it back from the grave (i.e., the Trash). This also eliminates those annoying “are you sure” messages we used to have on every delete.
  2. Built-in image editor allows you to crop, edit, rotate, flip, and scale your images to show them who’s boss. This is the first wave of our many planned media-handling improvements.
  3. Easier video embeds that allow you to just paste a URL on its own line and have it magically turn it into the proper embed code, with Oembed support for YouTube, Daily Motion,, Flickr, Hulu, Viddler, Qik, Revision3, Scribd, Google Video, Photobucket, PollDaddy, and (and more in the next release).

Humanities Computing is still testing whether all of our supported WordPress themes will be able to take advantage of the easier method to embed videos introduced with this release. For now, it looks like not all themes will immediately be compatible. For this reason, it’s best to continue to use the multimedia plugins you’ve employed in the past for embedding video and audio on your site (ideally in conjunction with Podcast Producer).

We’ll send out an announcement soon about a special hands-on session for new WordPress users to acquainted with web publishing and for returning users to learn about new features. Until then, please take a look at the short video introducing the new features in WordPress v2.9.

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