WordPress 2.1 “Ella” Arrives

WordPress 2.1 “Ella” is finally here. It’s been over a year in the making, and I’m extremely relieved that she has finally shipped!

Retrospectively, 2.1 took far, far too long to ship. The development wasn’t appropriately front-loaded, so we were still jamming stuff into it in December. We had a lot of trouble putting a stake in the ground. That’s going to change for 2.2. WordPress 2.2 will arrive in 4 months. We’re listening to user suggestions in the Ideas forum, and we’re going to make some goals early on. We’ll brainstorm and code like crazy for 2 months. At that point, anything that isn’t in will be deferred. Next is one month of bug-fixing, tweaking, and optimization. Then we put out a release candidate and have one month of public testing. And then we ship and start doing it all over again.

At least, that’s the plan.🙂

Until then, go download Ella. We think you’ll like her. There are too many new features to list, so I won’t even try. If you’ve been using WordPress.com, you’ve had a sneak peek. If not, you’re in for a treat.

6 thoughts on “WordPress 2.1 “Ella” Arrives

  1. 2.0.x isn’t going away. There were plenty of people who waited until a few 2.0.x releases were out until they upgraded from 1.5.x, and I suspect there will be plenty who will wait it out a bit. The good news is that 2.0.x will continue to be maintained, unlike 1.5.x, may she rest in peace, so there’s no security-related reason to upgrade to 2.1

  2. So where’s the diff?😉

    I’m guessing there is too much changed to expect that. Oh, well, as easy as it has been to do these diff upgrades, mustn’t grumble about a major release like this taking a bit more effort.

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