WordPress 2.5: don’t be scared

There has been quite a lot of talk on forums and in blogs about 2.5 and for those of you who are not on WordPress it must be getting a bit boring – and people can we move on please! – This, I promise will be my last post on it. Two of two.

So I upgraded last night and this is the first post completely using the new format.

Screenshot of my post as it is being written< /p>

And this view of the screenshot is the first image I’ve uploaded using the new interface which I might say is bloody marvellous with options to do captions and descriptions and to align it in the centre if you wish! (although my theme means that I have to centre manually)

As you can see I’m quite taken with 2.5. As are others.

Apart from the image and gallery functions (untested yet), I like the new layout. I like the webstats on the dashboard, I like the automatic upgrade of the plugins – man that saves some time – I’m lukewarm about the widgets interface – now you have to choose which sidebar you’re looking at – I quite liked having all the sidebars displayed – but apart from that I’m really happy.

Of course there are some who aren’t enjoying the new interface but you can’t please everyone I guess.

To those who say – don’t fix what ain’t broke – I say bah humbug! How boring would life be if we stood still. But then I’m a girl who likes change (as my many theme changes will attest).

But do your homework. Maybe you’d like to wait a little longer. Make sure all the bugs are discovered. Fair enough. You don’t have to upgrade.

If you do want to – the instructions on WordPress worked really well for me.

Here’s what I did:

  1. Downloaded the new files and extracted them into a folder I could find again.
  2. Disabled plugins
  3. Deleted my wp-includes folder in my FTP program (I use Smart FTP). This took a little while.
  4. Uploaded the new wp-includes folder. Again this took some time.
  5. Deleted my wp-admin folder.
  6. Uploaded the new wp-admin folder
  7. Copied across and overwrote all the files in the root WordPress directory making sure my wp-config file was not overwritten.
  8. Copied across and overwrote the index.php file in wp-content
  9. Opened a browser and went to wp-admin/install.php and followed the prompts
  10. Went to the plug-in section and activated the plug-ins updating as I went

Piece of the preverbial.

And if the Automatic Upgrade Plug-in works for you – even easier.

Update: More opinions (including mine… again)

Okay enough Geek Speak… normal blogging will resume shortly…

But before I go – and if you’re still reading – you’ll appreciate this little gem.

4 Replies to “WordPress 2.5: don’t be scared”

  1. Yay, CB!!! Good on you for posting this. It’s like no-one’s game enough to say they like it. As you know, I’m with you on 2.5. I’m really enjoying it and yeah – what’s with the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality?? So much for bloggers being at the forefront of technology. So they’ve moved a few things around. Boo freakin’ hoo!

    Sorry, had to get that off my chest. 🙂

    I used the Instant Upgrade Plugin (I’m not sure if this is the same as the Automatic one) and it worked like a charm. I backed up first and then clicked a few buttons and voila – all done for me. The instant plugin upgrade is awesome too and I like the media gallery/flash interface – much clearer.

  2. I need to look into it further. I know that my host is suggesting that people wait in case there are any bugs first so that is why I have yet to even look.

    Glad you like it! I love change most of the time, you should hear the bitching at work due to having to move, but I still very much have training wheels on when it comes to all this. Heck, I am in a pram being wheeled by my Mummy! LMAO

  3. I’m so happy to have finally read this post (I’m only a month behind lol).

    I don’t know who said it but ‘you can never step back into the same river’ spoke of change as a universal truth.

    Change is inevitable and those hoping to step back into the exact same river they had previously are always going to be disappointed. I love change myself that’s why I upgraded when it was still in Beta and absolutely loved the changes.

    I’m really weary of the constant WP 2.5 bashing that has become almost a religious quest for some. It is currently uncool to actually like the 2.5 version.

    So again thank you for the post!

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