WordPress 2.5 Officially Released
After a few release candidates over the past week or so, WordPress 2.5 is now officially released.
So what’s new in this release? I had a play with the release candidate 1 when it came out and the first major difference I saw was the admin area, fresh new design and the menu all over the place. Once I upgraded my Admin Dropdown Menus which thankfully brought the menu items back into line, it wasn’t as bad. Am I happier with it? Not from the RC1 (I’ve not installed the new version yet, guess I should before moaning!). The admin look is okay although I prefer the classic design over the fresh one (you can switch between the two), however on the posting page everything’s been moved around and not for the better. The comments page looks better though, displaying gravatars.
They’ve incorporated a few plugins into 2.5, such as Gravatars, and looking on their latest post there’s also a gallery in there (I didn’t see that in RC1!). That’ll be interesting to see how good and flexible it is, very handy for CMS’s and blogs alike. It seems like most of the plugins should continue to work fine as there hasn’t been any major, if any, database changes. I know my plugins appear to work okay, although I’ll double check them on the final release.
I’ll be having more of a play locally on the new release, just to make sure everything looks okay, works fine, give it a day or two incase any major problem crops up in the WordPress camp etc. Then it’ll be time to deploy it to every blog and CMS based site running it!