WordPress and design guru Lorelle VanFossen has an interesting post about what bloggers, those who use WordPress as their blogging platform, could expect from the upcoming WordPress version 2.1. This upcoming release has been in the buzzlines since last year and is said to be a major step forward for the WordPress platform in terms of core coding and the the way it relates to the MySQL database.
This has gotten many WP users excited, including me but after a while those who had a longer experience of using this sort-of ‘default’ blogging platform had come to realize that jumping right into WordPress 2.1 from WordPress 2.0.6 or later is really not a good idea.
Iâ€™m very interested in WP 2.1 – but I think most WP-based blogs will not immediately switch to WP 2.1, because some minor bugs will only be known when the final version is released and therefore most people will wait for WP 2.11 or so.
she he meant ‘people will wait for WP 2.1.1‘ instead of WP 2.11, but still, her words offer a grain of good thinking and sound advice. Asides from the preliminary bugs that will be encountered in the wild once WP 2.1 does become available, another major concern that would prevent bloggers from immediately making the upgrade would be the plugins’ compatibility issue.
Again this has already been talked about since last December, Aaron Brazell has asked ‘Is your plugin naughty or nice?‘ over at the WordPress development blog wherein he first mentioned about the changes in WordPress 2.1 are MySQL related. This has gotten developers into working extra hard to make their respective plugins compatible with WP 2.1 and so has lessened the worries for end-users, at the very least.
For our convenience the WordPress Codex blog has a partial list of plugins compatible with WordPress 2.1 (Beta 1 at present) so it’s a good idea to check it out in preparation for the upgrade.
Now of all the plugins I use to keep this blog running smoothly, I’m a bit concerned that so far, only 10 out of 27 plugins running under the hood of this blog is included in the list that are compatible with WordPress 2.1
They are the following:
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Ultimate Tag Warrior
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WP Database backup
Guess it’s time to get in touch with the developers of the other plugins I use and remind them to upgrade their plugins, otherwise I’d be in a lot of trouble along with the other bloggers.
Which brings me to mind, what are your plugins that are WordPress 2.1 compatible? What are not? Do we have the same numbers? It would be helpful to let all of us bloggers and developers to know.