It is not just regular WordPress that is closing in on version 2.8, the multiuser variant, called WordPress MU, is being updated as well. Donncha O Caoimh announced the changes, so far just available from the trunk, but there nonetheless.
I merged WP 2.8 beta1 and I’m fixing bugs. Please install and try it out on a test server! The get_option() and related code is using the same code as WordPress.org which is one of the main reasons I went digging into the object cache. It leans a lot more on the cache than previously. Please test!
Remember, this is not a beta and is not intended for public use, but if you like to see things break then this is your thing. Just put it on a test server. WordPress MU is what powers sites like WordPress.com, among other things. It is for blog hosts (and networks) primarily, not for users.
I hope you all played with beta 2 of WordPress 2.8 this weekend, because I sure didn’t for once. If you already ran beta 1 you might want to know about the changes that has been implemented. And if you’re just curious about what’s in 2.8, but don’t want to go through the hassle of actually running it before the sharp 2.8 release, then read this Codex page.
Over at the WordPress development blog, we can read about the first beta of WordPress 2.8. If you’re the tinkering type, do give it a go and help kill all the nasty errors that inevitably have snuck in there. There is no release date for the final 2.8 version yet, but the Codex page listing all the changes says May. I’ll believe that when I see it, but it shouldn’t be more than a couple of weeks at least. And remember, this is beta software and will act funky on you, so think twice – nay, thrice! – before running it on a public blog.
Google has announced that it’s launched limited beta testing of a new feature: the ability to filter certain categories of advertising so that they don’t appear on a publisher’s site at all.
Google says that this is one of the top requests from publishers, explaining:
Category filtering will give publishers the ability to block ads that fall into specific categories such as dating, religion, and politics. Regardless of how ads are targeted, they’ll be filtered if they’re within one of the selected categories. We’ll also show the percentage of recent revenue that ads in each category generate, so publishers can predict how filtering selections will impact their revenue.
Microsoft released the first release candidate of their web browser, Internet Explorer 8, today. This means that they’re not too far from releasing it to the public. If you run a self-hosted blog, you should download the release candidate to make sure that everything works as intended. If not, try and fix it.
Artiklz is a new search engine designed specifically to index the information, opinion and comments contained in blogs, social media and bookmarking sites.
Launched on Wednesday as a public beta, the service describes itself as a “conversational search engine”, and works by “aggregating discussions around the social media, answering the question of who, where, why, when, and what people are discussing across the social media.”
The concept appears to be to aggregate comments from various popular services and the multitude of blogs so that users can either search for what people are talking about on a particular subject, or find every comment from a particular author. read more
The design will feature several new features, such as Friend Lists:
Friend lists enable you to organize your friends into groups. With friend lists, you can get updates from your family separately from your coworkers, or you can add an acquaintance to a list and remove them from your home feed.
Another new feature is seeing a feed of your friend along with all of their subscriptions:
You can now see a feed of a person and all of their subscriptions. This new feature is a great way to show your uninitiated friends what your FriendFeed experience is like, and it is a great way to find interesting people you haven’t subscribed to yet.