WordPress 2.7: Coming Soon

As you may know, we’ve been working behind the scenes on the design and development of version 2.7 of the WordPress software that powers your blog. The administration interface you’re used to will be changing as a result of your feedback and the results of the usability testing we conducted over the summer. Version 2.7 is due to release officially on November 10 (Update: at the end of November), but in the meantime, we’re posting sneak previews of the look and functionality to come. So far we’ve covered the new navigation system and the new Dashboard. If you want to get an early idea of what you can expect come November, head over to the WordPress.org blog and check out The Visual Design of 2.7 and The New 2.7 Dashboard.

We’ll be publishing more descriptions of how things will work over the next couple of weeks so that when the change comes it won’t be a complete surprise. We’re also working on new Help materials that you can use for reference (replacing FAQs, screencasts, etc.) while you adjust to the new structure. Overall, the response so far is that the new interface is easier to use, and that it’s faster to access the screens people use most, so hopefully once you’ve checked out the posts linked above, you’ll be as excited for the launch of 2.7 as we are.


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  1. markdowe

    I have certainly been impressed with WordPress since joining the fray and good luck with the new developments.

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  2. امین هاشمی

    Very Nice!

    Thank you Wp 😛

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  3. Armando Netto

    Now i’m waiting for it! I Love You WordPress!!

    :mrgreen:

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  4. buzu

    looking forward for it!

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  5. crumbsonmyfloor

    How about new designs for us newbies who want a new look for the blog? And don’t want to pay alot for someone to design it.

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  6. MuslimahBlog

    Hey!

    Thanks for the updates

    can’t wait 🙂

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  7. Nibu Thomas

    We’re waiting…

    I am quite used to the current layout, will be bit of a surprise for me though. 🙂

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  8. praveeth

    i love it 😉

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  9. Brian Lutz

    I don’t see the full screen button on the new post UI, does this mean that full screen edit mode has been removed? It’s enough of a pain already writing for non fixed-width templates in the current WP version, if full screen mode is removed it will make it even more of a pain.

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  10. Heather

    @Brian Lutz: The tinyMCE buttons will be exactly as now. Fullscreen will still be an option 🙂

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  11. ajblogisto

    I can’t wait until it goes online. Judging from the screenshots, Dashboard looks much cleaner. Also, the text entry screen has more options for customizing text.

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  13. {[(Limeboy11)]}

    Two words, AWE-SOME!

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  14. mckinneycattlecompany

    CAN”T WAIT!!

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  15. photopraxis

    Looks great…looks like it represents a ton of work, and not a few pounds of love…

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  16. JellyBeen

    Great work that I can see so far. This is one of the things I really appreciate about the organization behind WordPress. They don’t sit on their laurels. They keep looking for improvements; and, they make them.

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  17. arsyadchair

    amazing to waiting born wp 2.7

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  18. Gabriela

    Ok Thanks for let me know.

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  19. chicodj

    ayos! very good!

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  21. radith

    great!! can’t wait

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  22. Andrew

    Re alien earthling’s request a few comments back, WordPress.com right now allows widgets from a couple of music services: lala and grooveshark. You can see examples in recent posts at my blog (click on my name to get there).

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  23. Dilip Prakash

    really excited… i am waiting for it…………..

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  24. Eru

    Ugh.. can’t wait for it 😀

    Waaay to go wordpress!

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  25. socialcoop

    Is there a WordPress MU 2.7 coming soon?

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  26. Jane Wells

    socialcoop: There should be a 2.7 MU version not too much later than the regular 2.7 launch.

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  27. Lalit Sankhe

    Very Excited !!!!!!!! 😉

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  28. Eevee

    Waw… It’s Great!

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  29. despain05

    can you include a twitter update widget oh that would help me so much just for my updades

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  30. Heather

    @despain05: Check out this page of the FAQ for information on using Twitter in a widget.

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  31. bikerbernie

    You are moving too quickly for a novice blogger, but it does teach me much, thanks for the improvements.

    Struggling to keep up (but I enjoy the challenge)

    b

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  32. sinac

    thanks jane, I Sitin until November 10! 😉

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  33. jseekamp

    Sounds great, I’m sure there will be a lot of great improvements.
    I wonder if media rendering will be improved? Every time I upload a .wmv the sound is behind the video (but it’s not a problem with the files themselves, I’ve checked!) .mov works so I use that right now.

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  34. Jane Wells

    jseekamp: We ran out of time (our list of improvements was super long), so all media functions will be getting an overhaul in version 2.8, scheduled for February.

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  35. jseekamp

    Also… full screen videos for wide-screen monitors??? 🙂

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  36. franzpatrick

    I’m excited!

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  37. riauku

    i cant wait, new surprise form wp ?

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  38. Suresh Gundappa

    great, I love you guys, I hope i get to play more with respect image, video and other multimedia experience.

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  39. davidliew

    am i the only one that face the problem of SUPER slow while working with WordPress?? included posting and viewing?? hope the new version will improve this.

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  40. jsnagore

    How can I know wich country are my visitors from? Will it be able with the new version?

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  41. Jane Wells

    jsnagore: The stats you see are powered by the WordPress.com stats plugin, which is currently undergoing a revision of its own. When the new stats features are available, we’ll post about it here.

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  42. r00dhie

    nice design Thanks for the information

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  43. BLOG.THEME

    Amazing! Thank you, WP! We’re looking for it. :]

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  44. piazzamanin

    intense fun awaits, too bad the debate on my blog is totally far from intense (rats!)

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  45. wlid

    go wordpress
    u still one of the great blogs site’s
    and it’s my fiv

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  46. lockeporter

    sounds great,can’t wait.Any upgrade for longer video?

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  47. Sourceress

    looking forward 🙂
    you guys are amazing!

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  48. Brahmanto Anindito

    You guys are always done great work! Can’t wait till November 10.

    But I don’t see “kitchen sink” in screenshoot. Will paste from Word not necessary anymore? And where is text color tool?

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  49. Jane Wells

    Brahmanto Anindito: The visual editor will remain the same as it is now. You can disregard the different icons used in the design mockup as they were just placeholders.

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  50. midave

    Can’t wait for it…

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  51. bestlittlejoint

    Looks like I am about to learn something new to do with this box that they call a computer! lol I’m looking forward to it! 🙂

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  52. elsnotebook

    it’s look good…
    Very nice! we cannot waiting.

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  53. Marianne

    Thank you for the hard work. One thing I could really use, when you get around to it, is a more developed editing function. I haveto prepare my posts outside of wordpress, and then paste it in. I guess I could look up all the codes for font sizes, and colors, but it is easier to use an outside source that automatically converts what I want rather than typing in a lot of html. Thank you again. marianne

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  54. Anwar Riksono

    Wao, that’s great…!!! I like this menu system and very very nice design. We hope that WP not only changes the new style but make a different blog system with other. I want to know what is the important feature and great feature in this new style?

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  55. Jane Wells

    Anwar Riksono: Many of the new features were listed in the post. Additional features will include comment threading and paging.

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  56. consolewizard820

    this is so awesome

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  57. Fairchild_13

    Wow, thanks!

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  58. janezlifeandtimes

    looks great. Progress is a good thing.

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  59. alisyah

    still waiting for 😀

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  60. fereus

    jane , i hope it will become better and at least the best =)

    greetings from germany

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  61. Dave Bonta

    Impressed as I am with what I’ve seen of the new design, I’m even more impressed by your decision to announce it well in advance like this, rather than springing major changes on the WP.com-using public unannounced as has been done in the past.

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  62. vkvraju

    This is cool!

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  63. thisismyurl

    I can’t wait! The is_sticky() function alone is going to be worth it for us!

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  64. dhanie-K

    cool.. ^_^

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  65. Messer

    I am in love with WordPress. Absolutely in love. I have a my own blog here, and decided to get my own site as well.
    Thank you so much for your continued development!

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  66. savell

    Cant wait, looks awesome.

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  67. Donkephant

    I’d love it if ya’ll could figure out what changes you’re going to make and then leave it alone. It seems like every other day my posts get screwed up because you made a subtle change (like the default position of a button that I’m not used to using because it was right for me before you changed it).

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  68. Jane Wells

    Donkephant: We’re trying to do a better job of testing ideas before implementing them to reduce the stress of interface changes. You can read more about the testing we did on 2.5 and the prototype that led to 2.7 over on the development blog: http://wordpress.org/development/2008/10/usability-testing-report-25-and-crazyhorse/

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  69. mcauleysworld

    Thank you

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  70. hudabi

    very nice

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  71. pragjna

    cool, looks very nice. its turning more and more to a complete operable plattform.

    looking forward!

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  72. Jane Wells

    lockeporter: The current space upgrades we offer should be able to handle any length video.

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  73. Dean Longmore

    Man that looks pretty. I only joined WordPress a couple of months ago, and already I’ve seen numerous changes and advancements made.
    Kudos on keeping this thing so active.

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  74. Bombero King

    i cant wait..!

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  76. jeckarmea

    can’t wait!!! more power guys!!!!

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  77. afatmagic

    Cool! I am looking forward to it!
    Thanks so much for that! 😀

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  78. carlrobers

    Excellent!
    But, he could have more buttons in the “design editor”, something like insertion of tables and anchors.

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  79. gajelas

    woyow…….
    hi wp iam a new wp member
    bravo wp

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  80. sabique

    excited to see the new wordpress

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  81. therealavenger

    a music widget will make it complete….as said by alien earthling
    go WP…you rock! 8) 😀

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  82. peoplevenus

    can’t wait to upgrade soon

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  84. maelinat

    Great! I was looking forward the new Module Layout!
    Very good job.
    Gratefully.

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  85. yongsheng

    i still really really wish for a tagbox. sigh. still, it’s a wonderful transition. thanks wordpress.

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  86. chrismlalazi

    Goodie!

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  87. thejpablog

    Waiting for it…….. It is good.

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  88. endarma

    waow…I can’t wait..

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  89. fantasyforever

    Waiting for it. :mrgreen:

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  91. Brad Beaman

    Will there be an icon to edit font size?

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  92. Jane Wells

    Brad Beaman: There is no icon for font size in 2.7, as the TinyMCE editor is remaining the same as in 2.6. However, we will be re-evaluating which buttons to display for 2.8, so you can expect a poll sometime in the next month or two asking which WYSIWYG functions are the most important to include.

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  93. satrap

    great 😀

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  94. zaherhashem

    Nice news
    thank you all

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  95. Sleepy

    Can’t WAIT!!! Looks good! I like the quick post idea.

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  96. Lilja

    Looking forward to it 😀

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  97. germanschoolboy

    yay! i am looking forward it since it’s my first update i will ever experience! 😀

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  98. clubpenguin1web

    cool

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