Wordpress 2.9 – Features, Tips and Screenshots (Updated)

WordPress 2.9 Release is now nearing day by day. WordPress Development Team has stated as October end as the release for its first beta version and few release candidates will be released in November. Final 2.9 version can be expected by End of November or December start. And since 2.9 is so near, let me show you some of the new features and enhancements which will be a part of 2.9 version: (Screenshots are included at the bottom)

  • Easy Embedding of Media – This is the biggest feature in terms of media management in WordPress 2.9. Now you won’t need plugins to add photos, videos and audio in your posts. Just paste the url of the video, audio or photo and WordPress will embed it automatically provided the source of your video, audio and photos understands and supports oEmbed API. Writing about Easy Embeds here is long. Check out Viper’s Detailed Post on this.
  • Trash on Edit Screen
    Trash Status for Posts, Pages, Images and Comments – Now you will not have to repent that you deleted any post or comment by mistake. All posts, pages, images and comments will be put in a trash bin at start and you can restore them anytime. Trash bin will hold the data for 30 days only. After 30 days, trash will be emptied automatically. You can ofcourse change this value by adding this line into your wp-config.php:
    define( 'EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS', 30 );For some more developer related information on Trash Status, check WPEngineer’s Post.
  • Image Edit Screen
    Image Editor – WordPress 2.9 Sports a cool Image Editor which will allow you to rotate, flip, scale and crop images.
  • Post Thumbnail ButtonUse as Thumbnail in Media TabThumbnail in Edit Post ScreenThumbnail in the Post

    Post Thumbnails – Now you can specify a specific thumbnail to be associated with each post. No more custom fields or messing with Timthumbs. Just upload a image, edit it and then select it as a thumbnail from write/edit post page. To display the thumbnail, include the following code in your theme’s php files:Post Thumbnails can be styled using wp-post-image class using CSS. You can even check whether a post has thumbnail and show thumbnails only if present. Here is the sample code to demonstrate this:

    For a advanced usage of Post Thumbnails check Matt Rude’s Guide and to see more discussions on it check WPEnginner’s Post.
    BTW soon after this post got published, WordPress 2.9 rare got updated and now Pages can also have Thumbnails.

  • Include and exclude specific images from Gallery – Earlier Gallery could include images only which were attached to a particular post/page but now you can include/exclude image from gallery by providing the image id. For example to include images with id 5 and 8 and to exclude images with id 20 and 45 just use this shortcode:

    in your post content.

  • Change Excerpt Length and More Text – WordPress 2.9 Introduces two new filters which will enable you to change excerpt’s length and the default […] text. For more information, check WPEngineer’s post about it. Check on implementation details at Bavotasan
  • User can be created via XMLRPC – Now blog editors apart from creating posts and pages will be able to add users.
  • Category and Tag Templates can now be created as category-catname.php and tag-tagname.php – Previously it could only be created as category-id.php or tag-id.php. where catname and tagname means category and tag slug names and id refers to respective category or tag ids. So no more need to lookup ids and creating templates on them. Templates can be more meaningful now.
  • No More Threading comments level upto 1 which is uneccessary and confusing.
  • Add custom contact fields for users – You can now have Twitter link in user profile instead of Jabber ID which you can use to display in custom author boxes! See a small example at Yoast.
  • Batch Plugin and Theme Updates – Now wordpress allows you to upgrade all your themes and plugins from one place. Check WPEngineer’s post about it.
  • Custom Theme Directory – Plugins can now register custom theme directories by using ‘register_theme_directory()’ function.
  • Custom Post Types – Currently there are only 3 types of posts – post/page and attachment. But now one can define additional post types which will unlock more of WordPress CMS Features.
  • Comment Metadata – Just as posts and pages carry metadata, comments also now will carry metadata.

For Complete List of Features coming in 2.9, check Codex Page.


  1. I try to upgrade from 2.8.5 but error too.

  2. I tried to upgrade 2.9 version, but always error..

  3. Hi, I just install it, but I see no Differences

  4. wordpress 2,9…??? i think now wordpres is 2.8.6

  5. WordPress is kind of to the point of being an enigma. Has any blogging platform ever seen anything near the community, developers, and support surrounding WordPress?

    I believe the only thing stopping everyone from using it is the stigma that web development has. WordPress is breaking down doors and one day soon every Tom, Dick, and Harry will be a “web developer” – which is fine. More SEO work for me 🙂

    Back on topic, I can’t wait for 2.9. No more using Adobe Bridge for mass image work.

  6. Can’t wait for 2.9, although it is taking its time to get out the door.

  7. hey the add this button located on the bottom where did you get this from… i really like it.

  8. when wordpress 2.9 is released hope some of my applications do work on it………. 🙂

    1. 2.9 Releases somewhere in December.

  9. It’s very usefull article, I’am still use the old version of wordpress (2.8 version), Basicly Is there any different with the new one…

    1. Read the post…it contains all the new features which make it different from 2.8.x series.

  10. now I still using wordpress 2.8.6, it’s really handy. when wordpress 2.9 will be release?

    1. Somewhere in December.

  11. According to your opinion…which one is the best between wordpress and blogspot…I want to make a new one…thank’s

  12. Are we seeing any trend into more of a CMS shift in the WordPress application? A couple of those new features feel like they are more for the CMS users but overall it still seems very …bloggy. Thoughts?

  13. The best new feature is post thumbnails. Ability to change excerpt leng is also nice.

  14. Hi, nice article… especially the bit about the thumbnail editor. Will re-post this on my blog. If it’s ok, can I copy one of the image you have on the editor? I’ll have my post link back to you.

    Thanks in advance

    1. I am ok with linkback unless you are not copying my article word by word and post something unique.

  15. I just hope when it is released the upgrade don’t break my blogs. I have been very careful ever since 2.6 broke and messed up one of my blogs. 🙁

    Learned an important thing with that experience. BACKUP! 🙂

    1. Well if your blog and plugins are working on 2.8, then the upgrade should not be a problem when 2.9 final is released. Though backups are always recommended.

  16. Hi, nice post, i try to upgrade my wordpress from 2.7 to advanced, but fail, it looks not easy to upgrade to new version, so i stay using old version

    1. 2.7 to Advanced? There is no such thing as advanced version. And Upgrade from 2.7 to 2.8 is one click. What problems did you faced?

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