WordPress 2.5 has been released and the improvements are numerous for both
users and developers. There is a 4-minute screen cast of the new interface in
action but the improvements are so significant to the millions running Wordpress
installations, it's necessary to outline all of the features in detail. The
change users will first notice is that WordPress has redesigned its dashboard.
It now features a much improved (read cleaner, faster, less cluttered)
interface which offers a series of widgets, revealing stats about posting,
comments, inbound links, as well as new and popular plugins.
Other features or WordPress 2.5 include:
- Multi-file upload with progress bar - select a whole folder of
images, music or videos at once and the system will show the progress of
- Search posts and pages - Previously, Wordpress only searched
posts. With the new system, search also includes pages - a helpful
development for those using WordPress as a content management system.
- Tag management - users can now add, rename, and delete tags from
inside WordPress - no plugins required.
- Concurrent editing protection - for multi-author blogs, WordPress
prevents someone else from editing it by locking them out until the other
person is done.
- Few-click plugin upgrades - WordPress will now update your
plugins for you. Previous versions would notify you that updates were
available, but indicate your FTP information and you'll never be out of date
- Friendlier visual post edtior - using version 2.0 of TinyMCE, the
chances of your code being "messed with" have been reduced thanks to better
compatibility with Safari. The new version aslo features a "no-distractions"
mode which is like Writeroom for your browser.
- Built-in galleries - Those taking advantages of multi-file upload havea
new shortcode that allows for the easy embedding of galleries in your posts.