WordPress 2.5

2008-03-30

in Daily updates, Geek stuff, Internet matters

WordPress 2.5 doesn’t look much different from the perspective of the reader, but the administrative controls are much slicker. Upgrading seems to be relatively painless, and my plugins seem to work.

One really nice thing is that you can now change the default thumbnail size from within the interface (under Settings > Miscellaneous). My thumbnail size hack can now be cheerfully thrown into the dustbin of historical code.

I remain impressed that the WordPress team continues to produce such excellent free software – the best blogging platform available.

[Update: 14 Apr 2008] WordPress 2.5 seems to have a lot of bugs. Often, it hangs when I try to post comments, then tells me the comments are duplicate. I am getting lots of Error 500 pages. Sometimes, when I make a post WordPress says that it failed. It then becomes a draft with random incorrect categories attached to it.

The new page for writing posts has an awkward layout. The scheduled posts page doesn’t show the time when posts will appear. The image uploader sometimes refuses to let you add titles or descriptions to things you just uploaded, with the option to insert them into posts similarly vanished.

Hopefully, a new version that fixes all these issues will emerge soon.

[Update: 15 Apr 2008] The Flash uploader in WordPress 2.5 is quite terrible.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Milan March 30, 2008 at 11:11 am

By the way, this site now supports Gravatars, like the one beside this comment.

If you want an icon of your own, visit this site. It will work on all websites that have Gravatars enabled, not just this one.

Emily March 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Gravatar test… Whilst logged in.

Emily Horn March 30, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Test whilst logged out!

tris March 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm

The wordpress
two point five
upgrade
has made some
of the comments
pages
look
like this

Milan March 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Emily,

Thanks for helping with the test.

Tristan,

Which ones, and in which browser?

R.K. March 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm

Does this work for people without accounts on your blog?

R.K. March 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm

It seems to.

Emily Horn March 31, 2008 at 2:23 am

New gravatar!

Emily Horn March 31, 2008 at 2:39 am

Hmm.. I can’t change it anymore! :(

Milan March 31, 2008 at 8:44 am

Your gravatar is cute. It looks like a Digger-style wombat.

Milan March 31, 2008 at 10:41 am

Now it looks like a bean-headed version of you. It seems you can change it after all.

Milan March 31, 2008 at 11:49 am

There has been one upgrade problem so far:

WordPress forum post
Post on the plugin author’s page

EH March 31, 2008 at 7:00 pm

It took a few hours to change…! But, I suppose it worked after all. The original one was a section of a bean-squirrel.

Milan April 1, 2008 at 7:37 pm

The time delay is because the servers that host the images use caching to reduce loading times.

The caches should clear every few hours, at the longest.

Milan April 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm

A few issues I have with WP 2.5:

1) The image uploader has promise, but is slow and buggy at the moment. One odd element is how, after uploading an image, the options to add a description and insert it into a post vanish. You need to hit “Save all” then go to the Gallery tab for them to re-appear. Given how slowly the whole thing runs, that can take almost a minute.

2) The check boxes for choosing categories should be moved back to the right sidebar. I often forget to add categories now, forcing me to edit posts in order to do so after the fact.

3) Scheduled posts should show the time for which they are scheduled, on the Manage Posts screen

4) Another bug I get sometimes is that comments are closed on new posts. I definitely hadn’t scrolled down that far, until it became necessary to edit the post so comments could be made.

Milan April 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Other comments on the 2.5 interface:

New admin UI on WordPress.com, 2.5.1, and 2.6

Milan April 14, 2008 at 11:08 am

Active tickets relating to WP 2.5

. April 25, 2008 at 2:13 pm

WordPress 2.5.1
By Ryan. Filed under Releases.

Version 2.5.1 of WordPress is now available. It includes a number of bug fixes, performance enhancements, and one very important security fix. We recommend everyone update immediately, particularly if your blog has open registration. The vulnerability is not public but it will be shortly.

In addition to the security fix, 2.5.1 contains many bug fixes. If you are interested only in the security fixes, you can download these corrected copies of wp-includes/pluggable.php, wp-admin/includes/media.php, and wp-admin/media.php. Replace your existing copies of these files with these new copies.

If you download the entire 2.5.1 release, you will be getting over 70 other fixes. 2.5.1 focuses on fixing the most annoying bugs and improving performance. Here are some highlights:

* Performance improvements for the Dashboard, Write Post, and Edit Comments pages.
* Better performance for those who have many categories
* Media Uploader fixes
* An upgrade to TinyMCE 3.0.7
* Widget Administration fixes
* Various usability improvements
* Layout fixes for IE

Milan April 28, 2008 at 3:43 pm

I have installed WP 2.5.1 on siob and NSN.

Milan April 28, 2008 at 3:43 pm

One rather nice thing about WP 2.5.X is the one-click updating process for plugins.

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