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WordPress, the open source blog management software, has released version 2.5 of their popular web application. WordPress has been quickly adopted because it presents a very flexible and easy to manage web publishing system. Out of the box it is a fully functional blog management system, […]

WordPress LogoWordPress, the open source blog management software, has released version 2.5 of their popular web application. WordPress has been quickly adopted because it presents a very flexible and easy to manage web publishing system. Out of the box it is a fully functional blog management system, but can also be used as a content management system (CMS) for a website as well.


Many Backend Improvements

WordPress.org focused 2.5 on implementing a much-needed facelift and adding functionality to the administrative interface. The dashboard has been un-cluttered considerably, creating a welcoming environment when you first log in to your blog’s back-end. Also, administrators can now install dashboard widgets that show items such as stats about your posts, comments, incoming links, popular news, and so on. Some of the widgets feature RSS feeds for easy tracking in your favourite RSS reader.

WP SCreenshot

New Post Editing Functionality

Features presented inside the blog post editing screen include multi-file uploading that includes a progress bar. This means no more having to upload files one at a time, providing a huge time-saver. Also, if your jpg images have EXIF data you’d like to show, WordPress will automatically extract that data into fields you can use.

If you have a blog that has multiple authors, the WordPress folks have addressed a major issue: concurrent editing protection. Now in version 2.5, if you edit a post that someone else has open as well, you’ll be prompted. No more auto-saves overwriting each others edits. WordPress will automatically lock the post and prevent concurrent saving.

If you’ve used WordPress’ new multi-file upload feature and have uploaded a batch of photos, you’ll enjoy the new built-in gallery as well. There is new short code for displaying galleries with thumbnails and captions. Users can also leave comments on individual photos. WordPress.org has documentation outlining the syntax for using this new functionality.

Safari uses will enjoy the new post editor as WordPress 2.5 includes Tiny MCE version 3.0 which boasts improved compatibility with Apple’s Safari browser.

Finally, WordPress search now indexes web pages, in addition to blog posts. This much needed feature adds to WordPress functionality as a CMS for a small website.

WordPress 2.5 has some much needed features and has advanced its functionality for anyone who wants to publish their own blog or website. To get started, make sure your hosting environment features PHP and MySQL (these components power WordPress) and download WordPress. Their 5-minute installation set is also available.

Alternatively, if you’re upgrading from a previous WordPress version, check out the upgrade instructions or use the WordPress Automatic Upgrade plug-in.

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  1. pinkfloydian Monday, March 31, 2008

    Hi, just a note: all the links use the wwd base, they’re not right.

  2. And if anyone wants to know how to update WordPress with minimal downtime, check this out:

    HOWTO: Update WordPress with Minimal Downtime

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  4. Jason Harris Monday, March 31, 2008

    @pinkfloydian
    thanks for letting me know – I fixed the links.

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  7. Vaibhav Gadodia Tuesday, April 1, 2008

    I love the new WordPress, though not everyone does (mostly because plugins and widgets broke for them)

    Here are a couple more screenshots:
    http://blog.gadodia.net/a-review-of-the-latest-wordpress-25/

  8. mistergreenjeans Tuesday, April 1, 2008

    I use the free version of wordpress.org on my mac (leopard). safari and thunderbird still do not work with the visual edior as of tonight… hope it will be working tomorrow…

  9. Hey Jason,

    There is a plugin which is more secure than the WordPress Automatic Upgrade Plugin. It’s a great time saver and it works great. Check out the shortcut for upgrading to WordPress 2.5

    Use it and you are on the latest version in no time without any problems. :)

  10. mistergreenjeans Sunday, April 6, 2008

    WordPress.com (I mistakenly typed .org) in my comment above, is still broken on Mac OS X. The link and image buttons in the visual editor do not function. I wonder how long it will take for the WP team to quash this major bug?

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