With WordPress 2.7’s release just around the corner, there has definitely been some excitement building.  However, with some of the major changes being introduced in WordPress 2.7, I’ve noticed a large number of people are not ready to make the upgrade.

If you’d instead prefer to stick with the WordPress 2.6.x branch or below, Quick Online Tips recently featured a number of WordPress plugins that anyone can use to get much of the functionality introduced in WordPress 2.7.

For your reference, here are the 10 WordPress plugins provided in their post:

  1. Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu
  2. OneClick Plugin Updater
  3. Manageable
  4. BM Custom Login
  5. Ozh’ Absolute Comments
  6. Plugin Manager
  7. Dashboard Widget Manager
  8. WordPress Automatic upgrade
  9. YATCP-Yet Another Threaded Comments Plugin
  10. Paged Comments

For more information, including descriptions of each WordPress plugin mentioned above, you’ll want to check out their post.

Are you planning to upgrade to WordPress 2.7 once it is released or will you be waiting for an update or two before upgrading?

Kyle Eslick is WordPress enthusiast who took his passion for WordPress to the next level in 2007 by launching WPHacks.com as a place to share hacks, tutorials, etc. Connect with Kyle on Twitter or Google+!

  1. Omar says:

    I have some blogs still on 2.0.x legacy branch cause of some plugins, but mostly cause im lazy to update, and im not that frequent on them. But most blogs i update on a daily basis i will upgrade even if i have to hack some plugins to make everything work.

    And that a pretty interesting link u got there.

  2. Doesn’t WordPress 2.7 have threaded comments included by default?

  3. George Serradinho says:

    Thanks for the post.

    I would assume that all WordPress users would upgrade to 2.7, why would they want to stay with previous version.

    2.7 offers the users more and would be much better.

  4. Stu McLaren says:

    I wonder for overall performance if WordPress will run faster and smoother since many of these plugins are now included as part of the core.

    What do you think?

  5. Kyle Eslick says:

    @ George – I am with you personally, but many people don’t like to upgrade because of the hassle or because they worry about things breaking (with new branch upgrades).

    There are still a number of people using older branches includes many with the 2.0.x branch. The WordPress.org team tracks this stuff and Matt releases these statistics from time to time.

    @ Omar – I’m with you on that. I think my oldest install is WordPress 2.3 currently. Every once and awhile I use Fantastico to update to the newest version on those sites that I don’t visit very often, but for the most part if there aren’t any security vulnerabilities, when why switch? On the other hand, I always upgrade my primary sites that use WordPress within a few days of launch.

  6. Kyle Eslick says:

    @ Mario – Yes, it does. This post was about people who don’t want to upgrade to WordPress 2.7, but want to keep the same functionality.

    @ Stu – Having the plugins will definitely run better when integrated into the software then they do as WordPress plugins. I am for integrating the most popular plugins directly into WordPress, but I know some people are opposed to it. As long as they focus on the ones that MOST bloggers will find useful, I say integrate as many as possible!

  7. Mary Green says:

    This is a great list. Thanks, I installed all of these and they make for a beautiful installation of wordpress.

  8. I’m not surprised that a couple of Ozh’s plugins shows up on this list. He’s quite revolutionary with his plugins.

    I feel that these features are nice to have in the core WordPress code, but I also feel that it’s a bit unfair for plugin developers to lose fame[traffic] when WordPress decides to include their plugin’s features into the core code. I wonder if there is anyway that these developers can be compensated for having their “baby” taken away from them
    I’m a plugin developer myself (WP Greet Box), so I’m just here fighting for other plugin devs. :)

  9. Universal Indie Records says:

    Ok, I know i’m off topic once again.. I apologize… but I have a question and I want to know if this is possible to do in wordpress only through plugins.. without custom programming.

    1.When someone visits my site… i’d like them to be able to sign up as either bloggers or clients.

    2. I will be responsible for approving all signups

    3. I want clients to be able to post blogs

    4. I want bloggers to be able to only read what’s posted once they log in.

    I pretty much know that I can do 2-4 using plugins. It’s #1 that I can’t seem to find any info on.

  10. WP Cult says:

    Thanks for this one!

  11. Kyle Eslick says:

    @ Thaya – I know many plugin developers still host their plugins and I can understand why, but it seems that most of the WordPress plugins being integrated are hosted on the official WordPress plugin directory (which means WordPress themselves would be losing the traffic I suppose).

    Also, people using older installs will have need for some of these plugins. :)

  12. @Kyle
    Actually, I wasn’t thinking of traffic generated from downloads.
    Usually people visit the author’s homepage if they have questions about the plugin. Because of that I get a lot of traffic referring from the WordPress plugin repository. But once WordPress consumes the plugin, then all of my traffic that I once had gets disappears and get redirected to WordPress forums instead.

  13. Rudi says:

    I use Paged Comments on my blog but the comment doesn’t have pages like should be.

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