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WordPress 2.5 Released

31 March, 2008 (20:37) | WordPress | By: Nick Dalton

The latest and greatest version of WordPress was released this weekend.

I’ve been running the release candidates of 2.5 on another smaller blog for a while, and the code has become significantly more stable during that time. But as usual you should expect a 2.5.1 bug fix release within a few weeks (after the developers have had some time to catch up on their sleep).

The focus for this release is on the admin side of WordPress. The new admin interface takes some time to get used to, but now I like it. It has a lot of new features which simplifies the life of a blogger.

You can read the official announcement and a description of all the new features here.

Comments

Comment from Ryan Healy
Time: April 1, 2008, 04:20

Nick – Thanks for the update. I was actually thinking about version 2.5 the other day, then thought of you. I’m following your lead on this, so when you give the go-ahead, that’s when I’ll upgrade. Thanks again!

Comment from Burton Kent
Time: April 5, 2008, 11:34

I upgraded to 2.5 this week. The interface is less intuitive, and I have to search around for it. I also support non-techies who have their sites in Wordpress, which makes it all the worse.

What did you like about it?

Comment from Nick Dalton
Time: April 8, 2008, 08:57

It does take a while to figure out where things have moved to in the new interface. And if you’re supporting both 2.3 and 2.5 WP blogs then it’s a real pain.

Now that I’ve figured out where most things are, I like the new UI because it’s cleaner. I also like the new media library. It makes it easier to embed images into blog posts. (I know there are many ways to do this and plugins available, but out of the box it’s an improvement.)

I wish that they would have gone further in their revamp. Specifically how plugins extend the UI. But that would probably have broken even more of the existing plugins. The joys of supporting legacy code…

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