WordPress 2.5

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.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

20 thoughts on “WordPress 2.5”

  1. 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.

  2. The wordpress
    two point five
    has made some
    of the comments
    like this

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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