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The long due WordPress 2.7 launches today.

WordPress 2.7 represents a huge shift away from earlier versions of WordPress – at least in the dashboard. Most of the changes will be visible to bloggers, but not blog readers.  The changes in the dashboard are huge.  First, the navigation menus have all been moved to the left side of the screen, giving you more room at the top of the page.  The sub-menus are also all collapsible, allowing you to navigate the dashboard without reloading the page as often.

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You can customize the dashboard by dragging, dropping, adding, or deleting widgets like the Right Now screen that gives you an overview of your blog stats, or the QuickPress widget that allows you to create a post using a stripped down WYSIWYG editor right from the start page.

WordPress 2.7 also allows you to search and install plugins without leaving the dashboard.  And for the first time, an automatic upgrade tool is included in WordPress so you can upgrade to WordPress 2.7.1 or 2.8 or whatever new versions are on the horizon without having to fire up an FTP client.

Another big focus of this new release was making everything faster.  It loads faster for you to navigate. And nearly every possible task in WordPress now takes fewer clicks than it used to.

For new features list, please visit http://support.wordpress.com/wordpress-27-changes.

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