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A week with WordPress 2.5

Posted on | April 4, 2008 | Comments Off

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of WordPress 2.5. I’ve been using it for a week now, I’m really impressed.

In case you did not notice, Echoreply does not use WordPress in a typical' manner. When I started Echoreply, all pages were static. Later, after making many (many) pages I finally broke down and installed WordPress to help make writing easier. It took some time, but I managed to get a theme put together that matched my static pages and integrate the static stuff into the WordPressloop’.

Suffice it to say, upgrading for me is a little more interesting than it would be for most people :)

The first thing that impressed me was obviously the new administrative interface design. It is extremely intuitive, requires far less `mouse mileage’ to get stuff done and reduces eye strain. Most people don’t realize how much their eyes actually move while looking for the correct button to push or link to click. The new theme puts things right where you’d expect to find them.

The second thing that impressed me was the fact that my plug-ins still worked. Even “Spotmilk” was stil view-able (even though I disabled it in favor of the new back end deisgn). Stuff ‘just worked’ and I was as relieved as I was impressed.

The new editor is much better. Anyone who often examples code snippets would appreciate it. New hooks for adding media look neat, I don’t post pictures or video very often so I didn’t explore them much. I think that I liked the older layout of the edit screen, where categories and options were in the right hand side bar but I’m perfectly content to get used to the new layout.

Above all, for someone who uses 15 + plug-ins that update twice a month, one click upgrades for plug-ins has to be my favorite new feature.

Luckily, none of the depreciated functions that I’m using in static pages to bring them into the loop have vanished, but they soon may. I’ll spend some time this month finishing the overhaul of how I did that and adding things to the site beyond the blog. Looking at the WP codex, I’ll be able to do more with less code.

After using it pretty extensively, the only problems that I found were minor. Some widgets that did not break XHTML validation now break XHTML validation, but only by a few minor errors.

I’ve got to say, even if you have a less than typical WordPress setup .. don’t fear upgrading and its worth your time to do it. I’ve modified quite a bit of the WordPress code to suit my specific needs, merging was really not that difficult with 2.5. I’d suggest doing it now painlessly or painless might become painful later.

If you need to make ANY kind of custom CMS, WP 2.5 is definitely one of the best possible bases to use. Thanks to all of those who helped to make it, I’m really enjoying it! :)

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