As a blogger you must be aware that WordPress 2.7 beta is out. I have compiled the list of features which we really missed in the previous versions and that were available in the form of plugins earlier.
Some of the features that will be very useful for all the WordPress bloggers -
1. Automatic Upgrade : No hassles of installing any plugin or scratching your head modifying those geeky PHP files, this is inbuilt.
2. Reply to Comments from Admin Panel: Another most wanted feature which was available in the form of Better Comments Manager plugin by Keith D’souza for earlier WordPress versions.
3. Inline PHP documentation support: For those not having much knowledge about PHP to tweak simple things on your blog. You can very easily develop small customized modules without much of prior PHP knowledge.
4. Threaded comments: Just similar to many social media sites like Digg etc, you can reply to any comment without scrolling down and pointing to the person from there. Again this was available as a Brian’s Threaded comments plugin for WordPress 2.6 and earlier. Very useful to setup a community on your blog.
5. XML RPC Comments API: If you use Windows Live writer or any of other software to blog then now you would be able to edit and manage your comments also from such software.
6. Edit your posts in bulk: Modifying authors,categories or tags etc of multiple posts together in just one go sounds too good, isn’t it ?
7. Paginated Comments: This was previously available as James Maurer’s paginated comments plugin for WordPress 2.6x and earlier versions. It is inbuilt in WordPress 2.7. You can set the number of comments per page in the settings. This will be very useful for blogs who get very high traffic and hence comments as it’ll save bandwidth of the reader too.
8. QuickPress : No, it’s not the theme! Quickpress allows you to post instantly from your dashboard. AJAX interface will open up a window and you can immediately start writing post and associating tags and categories with them without having to load another page.
9. New Design Layout and Dashboard: I liked the new layout of WordPress 2.7. Horizontal top bar has now become vertical left bar. Most of the things are AJAX based. Fewer options will certainly help beginners to quick start blogging.
For more details about new WordPress Dashboard you can read here.
10. Quick Edit: With WordPress 2.7 you can quickly edit the post there itself without needing to load the complete page. Though you cannot edit your post’s body but apart from that you can edit title, slug, categories, tags, author, date etc things.
This was also available as a Manageable plugin for WordPress 2.6x and earlier.
11. Sticky Posts: I’ve seen some WordPress themes where the top bar has a single highlighted post on your front page while all your new posts keep getting updated below that. Earlier this was also available as WP-Sticky plugin by Lester Chan.
In WordPress 2.7 this is a feature where you can make any post as a sticky post. You can then place your sticky post and highlight it on your front page. For multiple number of sticky posts, the oldest post will have more priority.
There are few more features which will only be useful for developers. Having said all this, I wouldn’t suggest you to upgrade your blog to beta as I too installed it on some other location just to test. Wait till 10th November when there will be release of the final version.