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Colin Devroe

Reverse Engineer. Blogger.

My brain dump after upgrading to WordPress 2.5

March 31, 2008

Can you believe how far blogging has come over the last few years? I can’t. I could go on and on about the history of blogging, how I’ve used it over the years, and where it is now that I find really surprising – but instead I just wanted to take a moment or two to let you know what I thought of upgrading to WordPress 2.5.

Upgrading

As with all WordPress upgrades, it is as easy as advertised. I was able to click Upgrade and in a matter of milliseconds my database was updated. Since I hadn’t upgraded since prior to 2.2 I had a few plugins that were now rendered obsolete, so I deactivated them, edited only a few template tags, and deleted a few template files – and I was done.

Quick tips for upgrading, that may save your life one day, are as follows:

  • Back up your blog’s database
  • Deactivate all plugins

Doing these two, rather simple, things will save you tons of time and the need to debug thousands of lines of code once you’ve upgraded and you see some errors from your plugins.

A few oddities

There are a few things I’ve noticed that seem sorta odd – but I think I have to do a little more investigating to be sure. The first is that I can no longer reorganize the “write panel” in the WordPress admin? Maybe there is a plugin or option somewhere to let me do this, but I’d much rather be able to reorder this page how I’d like it. Like, why is Slug all the way at the bottom?

The second thing is that, in my opinion, WordPress should have told me that I no longer need the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin, and that I could just go to Manage > Import and quickly convert my tags into WordPress tags and be done. The process was really simple and I was able to disable a huge plugin, which I like, but even knowing that it was available wasn’t apparent enough.

I used to have two mobile categories here on my site, one for mobile photos and one for mobile notes. Each of them resided under a parent Mobile category. The URLs for these were /mobile/notes/ and /mobile/photos/. I can no longer structure my categories like this because WordPress 2.5, automatically, decided to rename my category slugs to photos-2 and notes-2. Very annoying. Is this a bug?

Write panel

I don’t have “Add media”

The WordPress Admin needed a change and, while I’m not in love with the new design quite yet, any change was a good change and I’m sure that future version (and time) will go a long way.

Oh. I don’t have a “media panel” for uploading multiple photos/video, etc. Where is that?

Conclusion

Solid update and I recommend it for everyone that uses WordPress for no other reason than the inline plugin updating – which is something that WordPress should use to upgrade its own code base too!

Now I really need to get the new theme of my site completed so that I can take advantage of all of these new things I’ve been plugging in.