WordPress 2.7 beta 2 is already out. And WordPress 2.7 is very much near the corner. Have you prepared what changes will you need before switching to WordPress 2.7? Have you checked whether all plugins you are using will be supported in 2.7 or not. Have you checked what all new features will WordPress 2.7 need which may break your themes? If not, then here I will present you a checklist and resources which will help you get ready for 2.7. Before you proceed you need to know what all new features it introduces which will require changes in your themes. WordPress 2.7 will support following three features which will require changes in your themes:
- Sticky Posts
- Paginated Comments
- Threaded Comments
Check here for a complete feature list of WordPress 2.7
There are two ways to implement. Either ask the theme author to implement the changes for you or do it yourself if your theme author is unavailable or does not support it. Here are resources which will help you make change in your themes to be compatible with WordPress 2.7:
- WordPress 2.7 Comment Enhancements
- Making your theme work in both 2.7 and other versions
- Sticky Post Styling
Now the first post lists all methods which will help in getting your theme ready for paginated comments and threaded comments. And now you can dump the plugins which you were using earlier to achieve this. Third post mentions how to differentiate between a sticky post and a normal post since WordPress supports this function also inbuilt. You can dump WP-Sticky plugin or any other plugin which you were using for it.
NOTE: I want to make clear if your theme is working in 2.5 and 2.6 versions, it will not at all break in 2.7. So if you cannot possibly make the changes, keep using your themes and plugins. They will continue to work. Though I cannot say this for all plugins. The changes suggested above are only if you want to remove using those plugins and use inbuilt features that come with 2.7 version.
And since comment system changes radically in WordPress 2.7, majority of plugins which are comment system based may need upgrade. To check if your plugin is compatible with 2.7 or not, check this page.
And moreover due to change in commenting system, earlier methods for common comment hacks won’t work. Here is a updated hack on how to separate comments from trackbacks/pingbacks. There is one more guide to do it here.
And now after you have checked all plugins and templates make sure you backup your database and files before going in for the update. Better still, install a local copy of WordPress on your PC using Wamp and then check for any problems. If none, upload local copy to Server and get going when WordPress 2.7 releases.