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WordPress 2.5 Beta

I just upgraded this site to WordPress 2.5 Beta. So far, everything appears to be working just fine.

And since I know lots of people will ask, I checked my plugins, and most of them (HeadMeta, Text Filter Suite, and Easy Gravatars), work just fine. The one that doesn’t work is Theme Preview. When I can find time, I’ll try to figure out why.

The official WP release is slated for March 10.

Update 2008-03-29: Something must have gotten fixed, because my Theme Preview plugin does indeed work in the release version of WordPress 2.5.

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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27 Responses to WordPress 2.5 Beta

  1. Milan says:

    What are the biggest changes in 2.5?

  2. UzBlogger says:

    IMHO, as it was said before, the biggest changes must be on admin panel design. But, I’m looking forward to seeing something new except that too =)

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  5. Dan Schulz says:

    The theme preview plugin being broken in 2.5 doesn’t surprise me, as it does have to tap into the admin panel. Just one question though. Are you referring to the internal theme previwe plugin that allows you to “preview” changes made to your theme while the live blog/site remains static or the theme preview plugin that blog theme repositories tend to use to showcase their themes?

    (And if I may make one suggestion, please add the subscribe to comments plugin and activate it so people can follow the conversations via email – as it is I’m going to have to leave this tab open in Opera just so I can keep an eye on this blog entry.)

  6. Keith says:

    I am curious to know some of the greatest change from 2.3 to version 2.5 as well. I am still reluctant to move on from 2.0.11 as that is, by far, the most stable build that I can rely on.

  7. Tadd says:

    I’m not 100% convinced I need to upgrade to 2.5 yet either Keith. I migrated to 2.3.3 and had a few issues with plugins not working correctly. I fixed it all but it still put a sour taste in my mouth. 2.3.3 is very stable for me, other than the plugin problems. Which, honestly, could have been user error more than anything else.

    The biggest thing that will keep me from upgrading, sadly and to be kind of ‘old man’ about things, is the vast change in the admin panel. Last I looked it didn’t look very nice, appealing or intuitive. Seemed they moved things around, changed things … which is all good – but I’m user to and enjoy the old school admin. As long as I can easily ‘skin’ the admin or use Tiger Admin or something cleaner and nicer then I’ll be fine. But I’m not a “oh! Update! I NEED!” type.

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  9. I always like to use the latest version, because I assume this to be the most reliable and stable one, but I always keep my fingers crossed while upgrading.

  10. Hello. It seems that your blog is working really fine with the latest wordpress upgrade, and as usual, not all the plugins will work fine.

  11. Keith Bowes says:

    I upgraded to the latest SVN yesterday on my blog on my local computer (so I could test out my plugin that I’m working on). Everything seems fine, except the admin area uses up a lot of juice. Maybe it would fare better on a remote server with better memory than my computer has. But I don’t think I’m prepared to upgrade my main blog yet.

    I hope they optimize the code by then and that it doesn’t break too many plugins. All the plugins I have installed seem to work under 2.5, but we’ll see about the backlash 🙂

  12. Hussein says:

    i’m so eccited for the release of wp 2.5

  13. Max R says:

    So far, checking out a nightly build on my own machine, I like what I see, a lot. The new admin panel will take some getting used to, but I think it is a change for the better, grouping related things together and moving unrelated things out of the way. I almost can’t wait for the Release to hit the streets!

    @Dan Schulz: I second the updates-by-email request, but in the mean time, co.mments might be an option.

  14. Matt Algren says:

    I thought Gravatars were built into 2.5. Is there a reason to keep Easy Gravatars?

  15. George says:

    I’m on the WP-Testers list, but where do I download the official “beta” ?
    I couldn’t find it in the builds section, and nowhere else on the site 😐
    Thanks in advance x)

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  17. Kirk M says:


    I don’t believe there’s an official beta yet as there’s still a few TODO’s left to accomplish by the looks of things. I’ve been testing out the latest nightly builds online at my test site and locally via a XAMPP installation. I may be wrong but I believe Dougal might be using one of the latest nightly builds on this site. He’s brave like that you know. 😀

    I may do the same as soon as they get the Media Library straightened out and the code consolidated a bit more. I’m brave but not that brave.

  18. DavidTan says:

    Can’t wait for the stable release 🙂

  19. Dougal says:

    Yes, I’m using a nightly from SVN. I haven’t seen any official beta release announcements. I’ll just occasionally update from SVN as new changes go in.

    And yes, I need to add a subscribe plugin on my site. I’ve been meaning to for a while, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    There is some built-in Gravatar support in WP 2.5, but it does not automagically add Gravatar icons to your post comments. The Gravatars appear in various parts of the admin interface, and there are template functions available for themes to use. I’ll be updating Easy Gravatars to take advantage of that.

  20. oss fizk says:

    everything appears to be working just fine.
    need to add a subscribe plugin on my site

  21. Kirk M says:

    Mark Jaquith’s Subscribe to comments seems to be working with no problems in an online WP 2.5 test site I have going. Unless your theme is drastically modified it’s just an extract, upload and activate type of thing. I’ve never had a problem with it.

  22. George says:

    Ah, It’s just that I am considering upgrading mine, thanks for letting me know. I’m going to have a look at the information on the nightlies, and I’ll update once more after I get it 😛

    Cheers 🙂

  23. Kirk M says:

    I did the upgrade today (my main blog) to the latest 2.5 from 2.3.3 and it went surprisingly well. Despite losing a few obviously incompatible plugins, it’s humming right along. I converted all the old WordPress style “latin1” DB tables to “utf8” before the upgrade though just to keep it all clean so to speak. The developers are doing a fine job on this one.

  24. Michael says:

    No built-in threaded comments functionality???

  25. coulson says:

    I’m getting to feel more and more left behind from all the wp updates, truth is – once tried to update – fumbled it. Scared now. Dont even mention wearing nighties to me or is it nightly’s? never could tell…dont care.
    Am I the walking dead already?
    Not that I’ve noticed!

  26. bob says:

    eVXT2t great site man thanks

  27. Blogging says:

    Interesting to read the comments, I see that more and more of the successfull bloggers are using wordpress as a blogging platform while I am still using Blogger. Does wordpress have any advantage in terms of getting listed in search engines when compared to blogger? I am considering a switch if so despite the tens of hours put into customizing my blogger blog. Does anyone else know if wordpress blogs get listed in search engines more easily? Thanks as I am getting a bit desperate not seeing any search engine traffic
    -Alex from ebizexperiment

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