If you have tried searching for themes in the WordPress database, you’ll know it can be a bit frustrating…not the best search features in the world. Fortunately, if you are searching for themes in the new themes upload directory in WordPress 2.8, you can simply leave the search field empty and browse all 850, or so, themes directly in your admin area. Not ideal, but it actually doesn’t take long to scan the 34±, pages of thumbnails to see if any capture your interest.
I just upgraded this site to WordPress 2.8 yesterday and everything went smoothly…upgraded a few other sites as well with no problems and fixed a couple of botched upgrades for clients…problems mostly related to incompatible plugins. I have noticed a couple little annoyances (for example, in the post writing window, once I switched to single column now it won’t go back to 2 columns), but no show-stoppers.
If you are upgrading, be sure to:
- Backup you database first just in-case you have problems and need to recover.
- If you want to be “extra safe”, backup your WordPress source code…or at least, your wp-content directory
The following video shows a couple of nice improvements coming out in WordPress 2.8. I think the new theme uploader is going to please a lot of WordPress users.
Disclaimer: This is not any type of official release or feature notice…I am not affiliated with WordPress…I’m just a WordPress user who has installed 2.8 and am showing you a couple of features I consider to be cool improvements.