The main page has been refreshed in boring, pastel colours, and prominent links to their Wordpress for Dummies book via Amazon affiliate link and their hosting affiliate suggestions have been added. I’m honestly not impressed with the redesign, which has included work on the administrative interface:
It’s as if they took the strong ideas and colors of Wordpress past, watered them down, spaced them out, and made sure everything looks sufficiently web 2.0 without actually adding a substantial improvement. Every administrative screen now looks different and inconsistent with the others. If I upgrade, I’m definitely going to miss the old theme. On the other hand, no work had been done since Wordpress 1.5 on the administrative look and feel, so any work, regardless of how it feels, is welcome. Perhaps this is just a stepping stone to a truly better admin panel?
The WP 2.5 release notes blog post indicates some other nice changes:
- Multi-file upload with progress bar
- EXIF extraction (the photobloggers will love this)
- Password strength meter
- Few-click plugin upgrades (I am expecting some 0day exploits here)
- Built-in galleries
- A new Shortcode API (Isn’t this just BBCode ripped off?)
I’ll probably end up installing this with the next release of my own blogs and themes, as the features look promising.
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