WordPress 2.5

A bit of admin­istrivia to pass along…

WP 2.5I spent some time this week­end updat­ing this weblog to Word­Press 2.5 RC1.1. The 2.5 pub­lic release should be avail­able soon, but you can grab nightlies that are pretty solid.

There are many new fea­tures, but the one I was most look­ing for­ward to was the redesign of the admin screens, by Jef­frey Zeld­man, Jason Santa Maria, and Liz Danz­ico of Happy Cog. The design is sim­pler and fresh, and I like how they sep­a­rated the pure admin­is­tra­tive options from those that deal with post­ing and man­ag­ing con­tent. Also, the post­ing screen is greatly sim­pli­fied and elegant.

Of course, in order to upgrade WP, I had to first upgrade the k2 theme, which my design is built upon. This involves rec­on­cil­ing my old CSS with any changes made since to K2, lest I break my site. After a few hours of work, every­thing was in order and I’m happy to report that the RC5 nightlies of K2 worked per­fectly for me in Word­Press 2.5.

If you’re curi­ous about WP 2.5, but not ready to upgrade – Chris John­ston has put up a pub­lic demo of 2.5, (login with admin/demo).

And if you’re con­sid­er­ing tak­ing the plunge, I rec­om­mend first mak­ing a backup and ver­i­fy­ing that your theme is compatible.

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