WordPress 2.6 Released Officially

July 15th, 2008

WordPress 2.6 has been officially released today. Matt surprised many of us by releasing WordPress 2.6 almost a month ahead of schedule.

There are several new features in WordPress 2.6, few of which we had covered earlier. The WordPress team have also created a video that demonstrates the new features bundled with WordPress 2.6.

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  1. Muhammad Siyab (1 comments.) says:

    Wow. When are people going to upgrade though? I mean, are they going to upgrade or stick with 2.5?

  2. Trey Cruz (14 comments.) says:

    I just downloaded and installed it… I LOVE the ordering of the gallery and the caption. GREATEST program ever

  3. Lee Doyle (5 comments.) says:

    Nice and quick! I would like to see the old Widget system back :( The new one for me is very buggy and text widgets still dont save. If not the old system maybe a new version again.

  4. Jeff Chandler (295 comments.) says:

    Looks like there is some sort of login issue with FireFox 3.0.1 and WordPres 2.6 WP-Admin login screen. Using an older version of FireFox or IE is good for a work around.

  5. Zach (1 comments.) says:

    Sigh, unfortunately the new version has not fixed the issue with large image uploads with the flash uploader in my case (although thank you for including the non-flash one, very much!)

    However, I really loved using the wordpress stats plugin. I deactivated the plugin before upgrading from 2.5.1 and then did the install, then reactivated…now all my stats are missing!! :( I had quite the listing, starting from january when i installed it. What did I do that accidentally deleted all my blog stats? I thought that was stored on the server anyway…

  6. CodeCritic (4 comments.) says:

    I am planning to upgrade this weekend. Thanks for all the hardwork :)

  7. Trey Cruz (14 comments.) says:

    @ Jeff…
    I’m having no problems with FF 3.0.1

  8. Dr T (1 comments.) says:

    Very promising, and speedup is exellent – I’m just hoping they can fix permalink system quickly, right now it is not working :(

  9. Damjan Mozeti? (1 comments.) says:

    Just upgraded, I love the gravatar support and theme previews! Oh, and not to mention the Gears feature. Now I only hope WP stays compact and not get overbloated by features in the future.

  10. Dan Milward (8 comments.) says:

    Brilliant. I can’t wait to start playing around with this baby – its time to put on the kettle and get out the coffee beans. Its going to be a late couple of nights :)

  11. dan (4 comments.) says:

    Woohoo nice and early. was released just before I was about to go to sleep :(

    going to wait a bit and see the reactions to any bugs before I take the plunge

  12. Trey Cruz (14 comments.) says:

    Question… is it just me… but some reason images I upload are going to the default wp-content/uploads folder instead of the “images” folder that I declared.

  13. Anshul (2 comments.) says:

    Let me know, If any blogger on NearlyFreeSpeech has upgraded, coz. NFS sometimes gives strange issues….

  14. digitaljail (1 comments.) says:

    whoa! the new version give a huge push forward …

  15. Darran (9 comments.) says:

    Trey Cruz,

    I too am getting a link to the wp-content/uploads when I upload an image. However the file is physically located in the folder I specified, which in this case is in media. Looks like WordPress left out something.

  16. lol says:

    @Trey Cruz:
    change the default location to image folder

  17. (4 comments.) says:

    built-in image captions

    dick = hard

  18. Chetan (13 comments.) says:

    Blogged about it too and also upgraded :)

  19. Piggy and Tazzy (1 comments.) says:

    There still appears to be a problem when switching themes.

    Try as I might, I can only ever see the previews. Can’t activate the themes themselves.

    Maybe someone here can figure this one out.

  20. Kabatology (3 comments.) says:

    Just updated to 2.6, I found particularly interesting the Live Theme Preview

  21. Nihar (7 comments.) says:

    I am updating my wordpress right away. Interested and keen to seen new changes :)

  22. Chetan (13 comments.) says:


    Am not surprised with the live theme preview, as i was expecting that since past few upgrades, i had to use a plugin for that earlier!

  23. Not A Niche (4 comments.) says:

    Hey Keith, what is with your automatic update plugin WPAU? I wrote a tutorial where you can use another plugin to automatically upgrade to WordPress 2.6 in 5 minutes without any problems. Would love to include your plugin as an alternative, but many people are having big problems with it. Are you planning to work on an update for this plugin or you just hope WordPress 2.7 has one included?

    Check the tutorial out:

    Have fun and good luck with the upgrade!

  24. BJohnM (7 comments.) says:

    Dumb question, but does anyone know what program the WP team used to create their video. I loved the effects.

  25. Barry (33 comments.) says:

    @BJohnM: It’ll probably be iMovie or similar on the Mac

  26. Claude Gelinas (19 comments.) says:

    I just upgraded my WP 2.5 blog to 2.6 without any problem using the excellent InstantUpgrade plug-in — thanks for releasing WordPress 2.6 so fast!

  27. Trey Cruz (14 comments.) says:

    Thanks for the note… I’m still having the dang problem

    If you read it correctly, it states that I already declared it.

  28. Tor Amundsen (2 comments.) says:

    The image uploader will not work properly after I upgraded. All I get when I upload the pictures is the title,no thumbs, and when I try to insert all I get is an empty square. I have tested it om three different blogs I use.The pictures I uploaded before the upgrade works just fine.

  29. Trey Cruz (14 comments.) says:

    There’s a workaround to the image upload problem.

    Instead of just “images” I typed in the full URL path to the images folder and it worked just fine.

  30. Trey Cruz (14 comments.) says:

    In the “optional” full path text box, that’s where you should be typing the path to the images folder :D

    In my case it would be
    1st textbox: images
    2nd textbox:

  31. Tor Amundsen (2 comments.) says:

    Thank you. It worked. But is this something that will be fixed?

  32. Trey Cruz (14 comments.) says:

    @Tor Amundsen

    I believe it’s already been noted and in the next upgrade release there should be a fix by then.

  33. Adam (1 comments.) says:

    The Easter Egg in the release candidates exists in the final version. When you are editing a post, view the posts revisions and try to compare the same revision to itself watch what happens.

    you can see it here:

  34. julian (1 comments.) says:

    AWESOME! just upgrade to 2.6 yet to test out the new features.

  35. Arthur (3 comments.) says:

    I want to upgrade but I’m worried about my most trusted plugins not working (if ever)…hmmnn..

    Oh what the heck, I’ll just go with the flow and upgrade today!

  36. Arian Xhezairi (8 comments.) says:

    All praise 2.6.

  37. Ron Annand (1 comments.) says:

    Nothing here worth the headache of upgrading , guess I’ll wait for 2.7
    I liked 2.3 and 2.5 . The smart people who make the plug-ins cover any gaps …if it ain’t broke , don’t fix it.

  38. Arthur (3 comments.) says:

    I particurly like the photo caption. it would look nice in my posts.

  39. Machiavelli (1 comments.) says:

    Ran into a problem using Seamonkey (yeah, that means me and 3 other people had this problem), where after upgrading, I was unable to log into dashboard. Kept getting the message my password was wrong.

    Finally deleted my cookies for my site and was able to log in.

  40. TheTick (17 comments.) says:

    Okay, one thing…in the post itself, the picture/caption are in a neat little box, with the caption centered underneath…but not showing like that on the page. What is the fix for that, or where is it stored so I can tinker?

  41. draftbetter (2 comments.) says:

    I was a little frightened at first to do the upgrade as it would be the first time for my blog to get one. I was hoping it could be done like many of the plugins, automatically. It wasn’t though and I had to do it manually. It worked out pretty darn good though and I haven’t experienced any problems. I’m using a bunch of plugins and FF 3.0.

  42. TheTick (17 comments.) says:

    I figured it out, current themes (of course) don’t have any caption stuff in the CSS. You can grab the relevant bits out of the default theme if you like that look (and I do).

  43. Katie Baird (1 comments.) says:

    Upgraded last night – my first time to jump on the bandwagon so soon. I had a crash, but was able to fix it fairly quickly. Now to get familiar with the changes before updating client sites.

  44. dvopilgrim says:

    Warning to those who are always after the “latest and greatest”: After upgrading from 2.5, I couldn’t log in to wp-admin anymore, so I went back to 2.5. Until this bug is fixed, I’m not upgrading. This is a pain in the….

  45. pinoyconsole (1 comments.) says:

    Definitely I will be busy this weekend, automatic upgrade don’t work for me, it was always hang uploading the files, and also deactivating and reactivating all the plugins is also quite tedious, hopefully this will be solved in the next release.

  46. Neil (30 comments.) says:

    Seems like 2.6 has broken my images

  47. gestroud says:

    I’m experiencing the same problems as a few other users: I can’t get into the admin section on some of my sites. Of the few that I can access, I had to go through repeated sessions of closing my browser and clearing my cache to be able to get into the admin. I’ve been trying it with three different browsers. :-(

  48. 6000 (3 comments.) says:

    Some lovely new features, but I can’t access admin sections of my site anymore. Back to 2.5.1 for me, I’m afraid.

  49. Bas (2 comments.) says:

    @Zach (#5): Your stats are not missing. Go to your stats screen (not within the dashboard, put the actual page itself). Log in, if it’s not already logged in. At the top you have “Random hot post”. Below, there’s the URL of your blog and the button “Switch”.

    My old stats were accumulated at, but after the switch I thought I lost all my stats, yet I was wrong… It started accumulating them as

    So I can still access the old stats through there (without the www) and the new ones with the www. Not the way I want it, but nothing’s lost. Now to find a way to fix it.

    Anyone found a working solution yet?

  50. dan (4 comments.) says:


    That can likely be fixed by ensuring that visitors only see one version of the site.. either with www all the time or without. Use an .htaccess file in your WordPress main folder for this.

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.yourdomain\.com [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L]

    That will force visitors who go to to see

  51. Bas (2 comments.) says:

    That doesn’t explain why I’m getting 0 visitors on (without www) and all of the traffic being on the www version, though.

  52. dan (4 comments.) says:

    Couldn’t tell you why thats happening in the first place but the .htaccess fix I posted will make sure it doesn’t happen anymore

  53. Sam II (1 comments.) says:

    I upgraded to 233 and could not get my password to work. I decided to upgrade to 2.6 and now I have no blog. I get a http 500 page cannot be displayed. What’s the problem here?

  54. harish (1 comments.) says:

    I got little trouble after upgrade to wp 2.6 on login. But, after clear my cookies… it can solve the problem.

  55. PapaDilbert says:

    I tried to upgrade using the automatic upgrade plugin. It says it did a preliminary check and fown that I was up-to-date .. 2.3 :-(


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