WordPress New Beta Version

Wordpress Beta 2.3 has been releasedAfter 3 months of work, the folks at WordPress have released WordPress 2.3 to Public Beta. According to Matt Mullenweg, founding developer of WordPress:

Matt Mullenweg

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Some of the features of 2.3 include plugin and core update notification, built-in tags support, faster javascript, and SEO-friendly URL redirection.

However all of the new functionality is still very rough, so only test the beta if you are comfortable troubleshooting PHP issues, filing tickets, and backing up your data religiously.

These sound like great updates. Couple of things, though:

  1. You don’t have to worry about any of this if your blog is WordPress hosted – only if you have a WordPress blog that you host elsewhere. For more information on what that means, read my previous post on different blog platform.
  2. To reiterate Matt, if you aren’t comfortable with technical issues, you shouldn’t install this WordPress update.
  3. Most places that you can host WordPress blogs will not have the latest version of WordPress, and for sure not a Beta version.
  4. Back up your entire blog and database. In the past, trying to upgrade WordPress wipes out your blog.
  5. Until we hear that this is a somewhat stable version, it may make the most sense to set up a sandbox blog, just installing this new beta somewhere aside from your main blog.

We’ll be testing WordPress 2.3 Beta out over here, and will be presenting our review of the updates later this week. Stay tuned!


  1. Redstar

    Of course we should be careful with installing Beta versions of WordPress. The best option is to run it on a local machine under Xampp. That way it is possible to run it save.

  2. brian

    @redstar: yes, Xampp would be an option. You could always just install another wordpress instance on a server (different subdomain, perhaps).

  3. Redstar

    @ Brain, Yep, thats also a good option of course ..But I like to test things on a local machine.. 🙂

  4. brian

    @redstar: yes, can’t beat good old local machine 🙂

  5. Alex

    Thank you for your job!

  6. Dana Wallert

    I’ll be interested to hear how things go!

  7. brian

    @alex: thanks for reading!

    @dana: look for updated WordPress reports in future posts!


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