One of the main changes in WordPress 2.8 is the new widget API. This API is fully object oriented and provides the programmer all the necessary functions to create a WordPress widgets. Also, it now allows multiple use of each widget.
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:
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.
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
- 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.