WordPress Proxysupport

Who is using WordPress in an intranet environment, will quickly realize, that despite internet connection, no feed content gets loaded in the backend. In general, it's because of the proxy of the company. So far WordPress wasn't particularly flexible in this case. As of WordPress 2.8 that will change and new constants make ensure that you now can enter the proxy directly to wp-config.php.
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WordPress 2.8 Feature Password

WordPress 2.8 is going to be published soon, even though they do not have a date yet. Nevertheless, another small insight into a new feature. After a new installation of WordPress, you get informed that you are logged in with the default password and this can be a security risk. It is therefore strongly recommended to change the password. The necessary internal links to set a new password are included in this notice.


WordPress Plugin-Path

When working on a Plugin I noticed that the path to its files is not always complete, which depends on the WordPress version.
With WordPress Version 2.8 the function plugins_url() extends and it can be incorporate in a much cleaner way, no maintenance of the folder required, where the Plugin is put. An example will illustrate it and possibly will help the one or other author at his work.
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Pages & Subpages – Is Parent?

WordPress allows to create sub-pages in your backend. This is why many uses WordPress as a CMS. Sometimes you like with the help of the Conditional Tags to start several queries with a certain respond – but then you see frequently in the template static queries on any ID of a page.
But it's possible to handle this differently, and simpler when it comes to pages or sub-pages of this page.

With this solution you can, for example, in dependence of a page, load a specific layout. This small request I'll take as an example and show a function that gives queries to pages / sub-pages and I will show an example in action.
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WordPress 2.8 – Small Insights

WordPress sticks to the publication date in April this year. In advance, I would like to briefly mention some innovations, which from my personal point of view are quite exciting.

  • New Template Tag: the_modified_author()
    In the use of different authors long awaited, in 2.8 available
  • Widget API
    Widgets have been loved by most users and tolerated by developers. The new API will simplify it and the access to the class makes this possible. This means that multiple instances now finally possible.
  • Optimized loading of JavaScript
    Since 2.7 is clean and checked loading of JS involved. Additional functions provide a control of the loading process and dependency. Now, via WordPress, scripts are going to summarized and returned in a single call. You can also include scripts in the footer now, directly through the targeted functions.
  • More options, when making the frontend, with the new Template Tag body_class()
  • SimplePie in Core
    With version 2.8 Magpie is removed and the well-known SimplePie project comes into the core; in my view in relation to use of feeds, especially in the ATOM standard, a lot more comfortable.

What are your most exciting innovations in 2.8?