WordPress Release Features – A Lookback

WordPress has grown very popular recently, but its roots and development go back to 2001. This is a mature and stable CMS platform/blog engine. WordPress was born out of the desire for an easy to use and robust personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under the GPL. It has grown in its importance and is now a major candidate for a lot of business and community websites.

  • 2001 – b2cafelog launched(Michel Valdrighi).
  • 2003 – fork b2 and create wordpress.
  • 2004 – Introduced Plugins
  • 2005 – Theme system, new user role system, new backend UI and static pages introduced in version 2.0.
  • 2007 – New UI, autosave, spell check and lots of new features introduced in version 2.1 (ella).
  • 2008 – Version 2.5(Brecker) released containing new administration UI design, dashboard widget system and short code API.
  • 2009 – Version 2.8 (baker) released containing built-in theme installer and improved widget UI and API.
  • 2010 – Version 3.0 (thelonious) released has the new features like: custom post types, custom menu management and multiple site management.

Official versions of WordPress releases from oldest to newest are listed below…

Version Release Date Features / Bugs Fix
1.5 February 17, 2005 Templates and Site Customization, Control Your Comments, Everything in Moderation, Conversation Registration, Manage More Than Your Blog, Keep Up With the Latest
1.5.1 May 9, 2005 important security fix, upgrading should be a piece of cake
1.5.2 August 14, 2005 Security fixes, fixes number of bugs
2.0 December 26, 2005 Completely Redesigned Backend, Faster Administration, WYSIWYG Editing, Included Spam and Backup Plugins, Resizable Editing, Inline Uploading, Faster Posting, Post Preview, Streamlined Importing, User Roles, Header Customization, User Level Options, Improved Abstraction, Built-in Caching, Plugin Hooks Galore, Import Framework, Theme Functions, Theme preview images, Hundreds and Hundreds of Bug Fixes
2.0.1 January 31, 2006 Caching  fixed, Permalinks fixed, XML-RPC uploading works, Compatibility with older versions of PHP
2.0.2 March 10, 2006 Security release
2.0.3 June 1, 2006 Performance enhancement, Enclosure (podcasting) fix
2.0.4 July 29, 2006 Security fixes, Upgrading is fairly simple
2.0.5 October 27, 2006 Security fixes
2.0.6 January 5, 2007 security fixes, HTML quicktags now work in Safari browsers, Compatibility with PHP/FastCGI setups
2.0.7 January 15, 2007 fixed the PHP security problem and the Feedburner issue
2.0.8 February 8, 2007
2.0.9 February 21, 2007 30 bugs fixed, encoding, XML-RPC, the object cache, and HTML code.
2.0.10 April 3, 2007 Fixes minor XSS issues, major XML-RPC issue, proactive full sweep of the WordPress codebase to protect against future problems
2.0.11 August 5, 2007 Security and minor bugfixes
2.1 January 22, 2007 Autosave,tabbed editor, lossless XML import and export, spell checking, New search engine privacy option, upload manager
2.1.1 February 21, 2007 30 bug fixes, mostly minor things around encoding, XML-RPC, the object cache, and HTML code.
2.1.2 March 2, 2007 Nothing altered except 2.1.1
2.1.3 April 3, 2007 Fixes minor XSS issues, major XML-RPC issue, proactive full sweep of the WordPress codebase to protect against future problems
2.2 May 16, 2007 WordPress Widgets, Full Atom support, new Blogger importer, Infinite comment stream, speed optimizations, WYSIWYG support in a future version of Safari
2.2.1 June 21, 2007 Atom feed validation fixes, XML-RPC fixes, Widget backward compatibility fixes, Widget layout fixes for IE7, Page and Text Widget improvements
2.2.2 August 5, 2007 security and minor bugfixes
2.2.3 September 8, 2007 2.2.3 is a security and bug-fix release for the 2.2 series
2.3 September 24, 2007 Native tagging support, update notification, canonical URLs, pending review, advanced WYSIWYG
2.3.1 October 26, 2007 Tagging support for Windows Live Writer, Faster taxonomy database queries, Link importer fixes
2.3.2 December 29, 2007 expose your draft posts, define a custom DB error page
2.3.3 February 5, 2008 urgent security release
2.5 March 29, 2008 Cleaner, faster, less cluttered dashboard, Dashboard Widgets, Multi-file upload with progress bar, Bonus: EXIF extraction, Search posts and pages, Tag management, Password strength meter, Concurrent editing protection, Few-click plugin upgrades, Friendlier visual post editor, Built-in galleries, Salted passwords, Secure cookies, Inline documentation, Database optimization, Media buttons, Shortcode API
2.5.1 April 25, 2008 Performance improvements for the Dashboard, Media Uploader fixes, An upgrade to TinyMCE 3.0.7, Widget Administration fixes, Various usability improvements, Layout fixes for IE
2.6 July 15, 2008 Wiki-like tracking of edits, Post from wherever you are on the web, Turbo-speed your blogging, See it before your audience does, Word count!,Image captions,Bulk management,revamped image control,reordering of Galleries,Plugin update,force SSL,
2.6.1 August 15, 2008 Styling of the admin for right-to-left languages,fix permalink problems,
2.6.2 September 8, 2008 open user registration, prevent the possibility of passwords being randomized
2.6.3 October 23, 2008 security fix
2.6.5 November 25, 2008 security issue ( XSS exploit) fix,
2.7 December 10, 2008
2.7.1 February 10, 2009 bug-free release
2.8 June 10, 2009 browse the entire theme directory and install a theme with one click, CodePress editor, We’ve completely redesigned the widgets interface, new Screen Options on every page,
2.8.1 July 9, 2009 WordPress 2.8.1 fixes many bugs and tightens security for plugin administration pages
2.8.2 July 20, 2009 fixes an XSS vulnerability
2.8.3 August 3, 2009 security release
2.8.4 August 12, 2009 security release
2.8.5 October 20, 2009 security hardening changes
2.8.6 November 12, 2009 security release
2.9 December 18, 2009 Global undo/”trash” feature, Built-in image editor, Batch plugin update and compatibility checking,Easier Video Embeds
2.9.1 January 4, 2010 Fixed handful of minor issues
2.9.2 February 15, 2010 Fixed untrusted users signed up
3.0 June 17, 2010 new default theme called Twenty Ten, merge of MU and WordPress, lighter interface, enhancements, 1,217 bug fixes and feature
3.0.1 July 29, 2010 addresses about 50 minor issues
3.0.2 November 30, 2010 fixes a moderate security issue
3.0.3 December 8, 2010 Fixes issues in the remote publishing interface, which under certain circumstances allowed Author- and Contributor-level users to improperly edit, publish, or delete posts.
3.0.4 December 29, 2010 Security Update
3.0.5 February 7, 2011 Fixed : Two moderate security issues, One information disclosure issue, Two security enhancements
3.0.6 April 26, 2011
3.1 February 23, 2011 redesigned linking workflow, admin bar, streamlined writing interface, refreshed blue admin scheme, Post Formats support, new CMS capabilities, new Network Admin, advanced taxonomy and custom fields queries, WordPress is more of a CMS than ever before
3.1.1 April 5, 2011 Some security hardening to media uploads, Performance improvements, Fixes for IIS6 support
3.1.2 April 26, 2011 addresses a vulnerability that allowed Contributor-level users to improperly publish posts
3.1.3 May 25, 2011 Various security hardening, Taxonomy query hardening, Improves file upload security, Cleans up old WordPress import files, Introduce “clickjacking” protection
3.1.4 June 29, 2011 Fixed issue: malicious Editor-level user to gain further access to the site
3.2 July 4, 2011 making WordPress faster and lighter, refreshed dashboard design, refreshed dashboard design, new Twenty Eleven theme, distraction-free writing or zen mode, streamlining, admin bar, approve & reply, updates significantly faster on all hosting platforms, rotating header images
3.2.1 July 12, 2011 fixes a server incompatibility

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