First Thoughts On WordPress 2.5

April 9th, 2008 | Posted in Blogging, Wordpress | Comments Off

There’s been a lot of buzz and flap lately about WordPress 2.5 and after a lot of misgivings, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try. I upgraded this blog to 2.5 just a few minutes ago and I’ve got a few raw impressions to start out with.

1) There are things like the Media Library which has a lot of potential for people that use a lot of pictures, music or video in their blogs.

2) A lot of the controls, most in fact, have been either changed, or just plain moved. I’m one of those ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ kind of people and I really like unnecessary changes.

3) This brings me to the Admin panel or Dashboard as many like to call it.

I hate it.

Not only have things been moved around and some have even been renamed for no good reason that I can think of but they also had to go and “Wigetize” the thing. Widgets wouldn’t be all that bad if it was at least possible to add new widgets to the dashboard.

Up to version 2.2, there was incoming links displayed from both Technorati and Google. In 2.3 they took out the Technorati inbounds. I didn’t care for that so I figured out how to put the Techorati Inbound links back on the dashboard and then posted how to do it on my main blog. I know I wasn’t alone in this opinion because that how to post got a LOT of traffic over the next few months.

I also don’t like it’s color scheme at all. The fact that you can go to the users panel and select between two color schemes just doesn’t do it for me. Yeah, it lets you change to the same classic WordPress colors, but the layout is still wrong and THAT’s what I’d like to be able to change in addition to the colors.

So now I’m going to leave this blog at 2.5 for now and it’s not going anywhere near any of my other blogs until I have the ability to make this thing behave the way I want it to.

Technorati Tags: wordpress, wordpress+upgrade, wordpress+2.5, review, colors, layout, admin+panel, dashboard

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