Check it twice, find out whether your plug-ins are Naughty or Nice. Only days remain until WordPress 2.3 graces us with its presence. Due to some quite major changes in the database regarding categories and links, many plug-ins that directly accessed the database in the past will break. Some misbehave to the extent of crashing Apache on your web server. A big-time offender here is Extended Live Archives. While writing Breadcrumb Navigation XT 1.10.0, I spent some time testing various components of my blog in WP2.3. I also managed to update Berry to support tags (partially, as will be visible once WP 2.3 is out).
This week WordPress 2.3-RC1 will be released. As it is a release candidate, it will more-or-less be what will be released next week. That being said, I will be testing the current plug-in for compatibility (minus tags). Should everything work fine there will be no need to migrate to a newer version to remain compatible with WordPress 2.3. Some schedule conflicts will force me to push off the re-writing of Breadcrumb Navigation XT for 2.0. Instead for 2.0, I will add support for archives by tags (really the only new thing to add for tag compatibility), and do a little code cleanup in preparation for a major overhaul in a future version (maybe 2.1 or 2.2). At that time an additional navigation related plug-in will be released, and Breadcrumb Navigation XT will be renamed Breadcrumb NavXT, and become part of the “NavXT” plug-in suite.
Guess what, WordPress 2.3 Beta 1 came out last week and after doing some initial testing, Breadcrumb Navigation XT will work as it currently does except for archives by tags. Since the default theme still has some work to be done to support tags properly, I will defer programming in support for tags until Beta 2 or 3. Feel free to do some playing around with WordPress 2.3 Beta 1 and Breadcrumb Navigation XT 1.9.3. And, by chance, if you find a bug report it please.
Oh, yeah, by the way, WordPress 2.3 as of Beta 1 does not support tags in syndication feeds, only categories.
Some users, while trying to use the new administration system for Breadcrumb Navigation XT, had problems with the breadcrumb displaying. These users happen to be running PHP4. Since both my development environment and my web server run versions of PHP5, it is not a simple task of maintaining full PHP4 compatibility. In order to regain PHP4 compatibility version 1.9.2 was released today with a fix which is both in bad style and potentially dangerous. I am seeking a more elegant solution but until then this will have to do. Beginning with Breadcrumb Navigation XT 2.0.0, the way the Administration interface is handled will change and will eliminate the current problem.
Holy GUIs, Batman! Yep, the new Breadcrumb Navigation XT administration panel/GUI is finished and distributed with the new version. Other than the administration panel, some tweaks were made involving the behavior for attachment posts (which are broken for certain permalink structures until WordPress 2.4), search pages, and date archive pages. Attachment posts are properly supported and recognized as an attachment of a post instead of a post in the ‘uncategorized’ category. Now in search pages, the search terms are output into the breadcrumb along with a customizable prefix and suffix replacing the single title of previous versions. Date archive pages when the year, month, and day are specified now allow three of the most common wording orders: big endian (ISO standard), middle endian (common in the US), and little endian (common in Europe).
The next major version 2.0.0 will contain major changes and support for WordPress 2.3. It will not be released until a WordPress 2.3 preview release has been released. 2.0.0 will nearly be rewritten from the ground up to address some performance concerns I have about the current code. These mainly pertain to unnecessary redundant branch statements that require some major work to fix. Until then, do grab Breadcrumb NavXT from its project page.