12 Apr 2008

WordPress 2.5

Posted by kilbot | Filed under: News

Wordpress logoWordPress 2.5 was released a couple of weeks ago and I’ve just updated here at the Kilbot Factory. Wow. This is not a minor release, they have almost completely redone the look of the admin section, particularly the ‘Write’ pages.

Most impressive for me is the upgrade to the rich text editor, WordPress still uses TinyMCE but they’ve upgraded to v.3 which seems to have ironed out a lot of the bugs. Anyone familiar with the old rich text editor will know it was frustrating at best, for most clients I would switch it off and tell them write in code view… not the best solution but much easier than trying to explain/teach the quirks of visual mode.

I haven’t had a chance to put WordPress 2.5 through it’s paces, but let’s just do a quick test. Here’s the code:

Row 1
Row 2

And the display:

Row 1
Row 2

No great woop there, but in previous versions of WordPress the rich text editor would have deleted (yes deleted!) any table rows with a class selector – try explaining that to a client. Then there was the endless quirks of mysterious p tags, disappearing line breaks… a nightmare.

At first dig it seems that WordPress 2.5 (and TinyMCE 3) have addressed most of these problems and that alone is worth the upgrade. Perhaps even worth the extra time you’ll need to find your way around the new admin.