WordPress 2.8 Tips and Tricks Collection

June 10th, 2009

Now that WordPress 2.8 has been released, it really would be more useful and helpful to get a big list of tips and tricks that addresses several new things in WordPress 2.8 and helps to learn or tweak the new features, these tips come from several users who have been using WordPress 2.8 for sometime and have contributed with several posts that may help you make the best out of the latest version in WordPress.

This is non-exhaustive and I will keep updating it regularly, if you have any resources please do feel free to add to the list by commenting.

[EDIT] WordPress 2.8 hides the plugin folder by default (SecuObs)




  1. bubazoo (213 comments.) says:

    it has?? since when?? I just checked 10 minutes ago and 2.8 wasn’t released yet last time I checked the website. whow your fast dude!! lol

  2. bubazoo (213 comments.) says:

    also, isn’t wordpress version 2.7+ supposed to inform you of new WP versions and upgrade automatically? or give you an option to upgrade automatically at least? I thought they added that in 2.6 or 2.7?
    because its not on my end….. I’m running 2.7.1

    • misterhobbes (4 comments.) says:

      hold ur horses bubazoo. the reason why the notification does not appear on your blog’s dashboard is because of the way it distribute itself.

      can you image everyone downloading the update on the same time? maybe they have somesort of quota, where it is made available based on the timezone? don’t know.

      • Otto (215 comments.) says:

        No, the upgrade is released to everybody at once (their servers can handle it), but each install of WordPress only checks for core updates once every 12 hours, maximum.

        So, if you’ve used your install of WP within the last 12 hours, you may have to wait at least that long before it checks again and notices the new version.

  3. achio1115 (1 comments.) says:

    I’m patiently waiting for the WP 2.8 notification to show up as well… Too lazy to perform manual upgrade, lol

  4. Artem Russakovskii (14 comments.) says:

    I got the notification via the dashboard, upgraded the dev copy of the site with svn:
    svn sw
    And done. No problems yet.

  5. George Serradinho (107 comments.) says:

    I have just upgraded and it’s fantastic. It will take some time to get use to the new widgets changes. I’m sure the tips above would help out a lot of users, thanks for sharing them :)

  6. Haris (1 comments.) says:

    thanks for sharing the items above. i need to learn all of these things before i upgrade to WordPress 2.8.

  7. Steve_S says:

    Just did the upgrade from 2.7.1 to 2.8 from the *** Dashboard ***. Not good news. Toasted and trashed. Confirmation in the Dashboard that all went well but no site. No WP. No nothing. Rock solid vanillla install of 2.7.1 on a test Blog I have.

    Overwrote via FTP went fine. The DB was properly updated as I ran /wp-admin/upgrade.php after the overwrite.


  8. TechThem (1 comments.) says:

    yea, i just upgraded to 2.8
    their are alot of changes in widget menu, and the best thing i like is theme uploading feature.
    Anyway! do you know they fixes 701 bugs in 2.7 and then release 2.8 <<<Thats cool,, atleast little bit more secure!

  9. Sriraj (27 comments.) says:

    In the process of upgrading from 2.7 to 2.8 ………

  10. Danny Brown (9 comments.) says:

    Upgraded to 2.8 and initially thought it was great. Now I’m finding nothing but bugs. Tags not available for input manually (you have to choose from Most Popular), image uploader not working, PhotoDropper plugin not working – they’re just for starters.

    Sorry WordPress, I think you should have kept 2.8 under wraps a bit longer.

    • bubazoo (213 comments.) says:

      well, even if they had, the bugs still wouldn’t have been fixed probably. Things have to be released for things to be found after all, I would think :)

      still not receiving notice of upgrade *shrugs* may just have to upgrade manually. :(

      • Danny Brown (9 comments.) says:

        I agree that bugs come about when released, but I would have thought that image loading problems and manual tagging are more than just little bugs – they’re integral parts of blogging. Pre-testing should have found this out :)

        That sucks about the upgrade notice – maybe they’re not notifying until the bugs are cleared up?

  11. Oldguyknowsbetter (1 comments.) says:

    As for me, I will wait till 2.8…… some other numnber than ZERO comes out. I prefer to let others shake out the undocumented features…..(…bugs…).

  12. sonolento says:

    Danny Brown,

    You can remove the anoying upgrade message from the admin screens. Just install this plugin:

    Works great!

  13. dani (1 comments.) says:

    if you are thinking to upgrade to wordpress 2.8 please read this post first :

  14. Vlad (Small Business Blog) (8 comments.) says:

    I’ll wait till all the plugins I am using get updated at least once, then I will see… Unless you’re playing around with your blog I don’t think everyone should upgrade the first moment it came out. Wait a bit and see what happens.

  15. Hicham (36 comments.) says:

    The new version has a lot of improvements but I noticed that WP 2.8 creats a lot of entries in the ‘wp_options’ table over the database for updating the ‘modules’ of the dashboard. Can anyone ellaborate how to stop that or this is a bug?

  16. Harsh Agrawal (12 comments.) says:

    I was planing to update to WordPress 2.8, but recently few of my clients reported lots of problems like
    Internal server Error
    Broken Permalinks and broken theme issue..
    So for now
    I will wait for some more reviews and issues before I will upgrade my blog to wordpress 2.8

  17. Microsoft Guy (13 comments.) says:

    Wow thanks for the useful tips and tricks. This will definitely help some of my friends and clients who are transitioning from another blogging platform to WordPress.

  18. Ishaan Garg (1 comments.) says:

    Codex & Authentication WP posts were very useful. Thank you!! :D


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