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Wordpress 2.5 Released! Come Get Yours

Of course the big news today is Wordpress 2.5 has just been released:

WordPress 2.5, the culmination of six months of work by the WordPress community, people just like you. The improvements in 2.5 are numerous, and almost entirely a result of your feedback: multi-file uploading, one-click plugin upgrades, built-in galleries, customizable dashboard, salted passwords and cookie encryption, media library, a WYSIWYG that doesn’t mess with your code, concurrent post editing protection, full-screen writing, and search that covers posts and pages. You can read more about it here.

I think I’ll wait for my plugins to catch up and let those brave enough to test the waters be the guinea pigs.

For those who us who are relatively new to Wordpress, switching over to a brand new interface whilst still trying to grasp the fundamentals of the previous version might not be a smart idea.

Neverthless it will only be a matter of time before this Bloke decides to take the plunge. For those of us who are willing to venture into uncharted territory you can find the upgrade instructions here.

Written March 29th, 2008 by | 155 Comments | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips, Wordpress Tips ,

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  1. So far so good, of course if you read my post, between the lines, lol, you will notice I have not upgraded my main sites yet. I am working my way up to those. But, everything looks great so far.

    Thanks for the mention !

    David Cooley’s last blog post..Wordpress 2.5 Upgrade

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  2. Prudent advice there David.

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  3. It looks like I may wait a bit. See how all the guinea pigs do. But based on Coders’ results, Im sure I don’t have much to worry about. I am curious about the tags though. I’ll keep reading up on this upgrade and see what happens.

    Im still thinking… “If it ain’t broke….”

    TheYoungGuy’s last blog post..Tivo meets YouTube

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  4. That’s wise thinking for a young guy ;-)

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  5. I actually missed the fanfare by over 16 hours ! Just got it installed.

    The WordPress OpenID plugin doesn’t work properly for me, so I’m deactivating it whilst looking around for another.

    Jaffer’s last blog post..ManiaRavings is OpenID Enabled

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  6. Had just got 2.3.3 to be useable, went to version 2.5. For me it is unusable as the Manage Posts

    and Pages section changed, eliminating the very best features of that section. Any way to easily go back to 2.3.3 , otherwise will need to find another program that suits my needs. Not a knock against WordPress per-se, once one has the basics learned, it really purrs. I depended on the
    ease of the ID access, and access to view the eight major blog segments I have. No longer can do it the same way.

    The Talker’s last blog post..# 11 Autism Ray of Hope and Progress: Jenny McCarthy

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  7. I upgraded last night and made all the changes in about 20 minutes. The plugin that broke was my OneClick Installer. So, I’m feeling pretty good about myself at this point.

    For those still waiting to make the change, be sure to back everything up, including your database, before you upgrade. There are changes to table structure with this upgrade. So, in case things don’t go well you want to be able to restore things to your starting point.

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  8. You’re a braver man than I am Lee.

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  9. Thanks for the opinion Talker. The more that we share our experiences we can save others possible grief. I don’t know if Wordpress has a way to roll it back without reinstalling. Perhaps your blog host provider can help you.

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  10. Jaffer, you are also a braver man than me. I salute you :-)

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  11. Bloke, One of the most impressive and essential features of WordPress is Exporting your Posts and comments to the .xml file.

    I have noticed that even if my database is kaput or deleted, or my hosting account is all cleaned up, and WordPress has disappeared, that .xml file is enough to bring back all my posts and comments and get me started where I left.

    It’s the easiest and simplest way to prevent headaches !

    Jaffer’s last blog post..ManiaRavings is OpenID Enabled

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  12. True, but the school of hard knocks has proven that it’s prudent to play it safe when it comes to upgrades with any software. I’ve been stung enough times from jumping on the upgrade bandwagon that it’s made me a little skittish.

    Although this upgrade could be argued that it’s not major (i.e. it’s not a version 3.0) there are enough significant changes that I would rather wait to see how the dust settles first.

    After all it is working just fine for my liking and I’m quite happy with the way things are, and I don’t see any compelling changes that would make me want to upgrade right now. Perhaps in a couple of months from now when 2.5.1 is released (to get rid of the bugs) and all of my plugins have upgraded accordingly I might reconsider that notion.

    But for now I think I will stay with the status quo.

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