WordPress 2.2 Adds Tags

The NeoSmart Files noticed the addition of native tagging support to WordPress 2.2 in the SVN repository. What’s this mean for WordPress bloggers? Not much really, other than the fact you’ll no longer have to use a third-party plugin for tagging your posts or pages.

This is great for WordPress, tagging is something I expected to see with the release of 2.0, but that didn’t happen. Tags are something bloggers really want, native tags will just make WordPress an even more attractive blogging platform.

I’m going to have trouble leaving the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin behind in favor of the new tagging system in WordPress 2.2. Ultimate Tag Warrior has been so nice to work with and is pretty much the de facto WordPress plugin for tags. Ultimate Tag Warrior has some features not found in the tag system native to WordPress 2.2, such as tag suggestions. Also, Ultimate Tag Warrior allows you to apply tags you’ve used previously to a post via a select form, something not found in WordPress 2.2 tags. Hopefully the WordPress team has those features planned for inclusion at some point.

Anyway, head over to The NeoSmart Files for more, they have a screenshot comparing Ultimate Tag Warrior to native tags in WordPress 2.2.

WordPress 2.1 Release Candidate 1

WordPress 2.1 Release Candidate 1 is out. Ryan Boren has the details over on his blog. There’s a list of changes in 2.1 at the WordPress codex, as well as a list of plugins that are compatible with WordPress 2.1.

If you’re using WordPress 2.1 RC1, you can give feedback via the testers mailing list or at the forum for beta releases.

The WordPress developers are already thinking about WordPress 2.2. With 2.2 they’re gonna start doing time based releases, trying to release every four months:

With 2.2 we’re going to start doing time based releases. We’re going to try to do a release every four months and limit the scope of the changes to what we can realistically achieve within that timeframe. The goal is to get cool new features into user’s hands more often instead of saving them up for the one big release every year.