Version 2.5

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On Saturday, March 29, 2008, WordPress 2.5 was released. For information on the changes and improvements in this new version, see the Changelog for 2.5.

The database version (db_version in wp_option) is 7558.

See WordPress 2.5 Theme Compatibility and Plugin Compatibility to confirm the theme and plugins you’re using are compatible.

Changes in Minimum Requirements 

  • PHP 4.3 or greater (old requirement was PHP 4.2 or greater).

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New User Features 

  • Administration Panels redesign (see WordPress Interface Guidelines)
  • Widget-based dashboard
  • You should be able to have any number of any widgets
  • Search for both posts and pages (#1435)

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Developer 

  • Use $wpdb->prepare everywhere
  • Switch to expect unescaped data for internal functions
  • XML-RPC refactor
  • Plugabble media buttons
  • Shortcode API
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