I came across the announcement of WordPress 2.5 at the weekend on Daily Blog Tips and decided to upgrade all my blogs with this new version. As usual the update was quick and painless and from what I have seen in the last few days, 2.5 has to be the release with the most changes in some time.
The first thing that you notice is the cosmetic changes in the admin area. Everything has been tidied up to give the wordpress script a more professional feel about it. Don’t worry, it won’t take you long to find where everything is as the top nav links are pretty much the same (albeit the settings, plugins and users links are tucked away at the top right hand side).
My favourite new feature is the add media functions. They have added functionality to align your images more easily (I used to always add this myself) and adding youtube videos is much easier too with the ‘add video’ link. As you can see from the image below, the new media buttons are integrated into your editor (compared to the upload image feature in older versions which was underneath the post area).
The main user changes in the script (according to WP) are :
- Cleaner, faster, less cluttered dashboard
- Dashboard Widgets
- Multi-file upload with progress bar
- Bonus: EXIF extraction
- Search posts and pages
- Tag management
- Password strength meter
- Concurrent editing protection
- Few-click plugin upgrades
- Friendlier visual post editor
- Built-in galleries
The developer changes include :
- Salted passwords
- Secure cookies
- Easy taxonomy and URL creation
- Inline documentation
- Database optimization
- Media buttons
- Shortcode API
I normally upload the latest version of WordPress to a test blog first and test everything before uploading it to my main blogs but I’m glad I took the risk and uploaded 2.5 to all my blogs as I haven’t had any problems and the new features have definately improved WordPress’s functionality. My advice is to backup your blog’s files and database and get upgrading!
Thanks again to Daniel Scocco for the heads up on this on Saturday.