So here is my take on upgrading wordpress to 2.5 and my overall experience about it!
Few days back there was a heated debate between wordpress founder Matt and Six Apart Guys! Six Apart claimed that Upgrading wordpress is complex job, and so I guess I must write in detail how I get it done…
I use a subversion installation of wordpress. And here are steps I have followed…
- I logged into my shell account on Dreamhost, our webhost.
- Changed working directory to this blogs directory. (cd command)
- Typed and executed following command
$ svn sw http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/tags/2.5
Thats it! In few seconds we moved to 2.5. Sorry Anil… I could not make it more complex. 😉
What’s Better in WordPress 2.5
There are so many things new out there that it will take time to figure out them completely. Still best things I found are…
- Completely changed post-editor with better image & file uploading. Also added support for image galleries. I loved new AJAXified tagging support as I mentioned about it earlier too.
- One-click upgrade to wordpress plugin. This is I guess can’t get any better now! 🙂
- Tag-management support is added.
- Dashboard can have widget now. Check WordPress.com stats widget for an example.
What’s Worse in WordPress 2.5
There aren’t many things I can complain about but…
- Complete RSS feed still needs a plugin. I was expecting that bug to be rectified in WordPress 2.5.
- Shocking bad widget management screen. My sidebar is divided into four areas and now I just can’t move widgets from one sidebar area to other.
- I think aesthetically old look was better. Left-aligning of admin pages leaves hell lot of white space on wide-screen monitors.
Forget aesthetics but I just can’t tolerate new widget management screen at all.
Overall WordPress 2.5 impressed me more than my expectations. That’s why I was playing with it from 1AM to 7AM local time. Good they released it on Saturday… 😉