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After a month or so, I’m not really in love with the new look for WordPress

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For all you bloggers out there who use WordPress, have you switched to the new 2.5.x version yet? It’s been out now about a month — a few days ago they issued a security upgrade so the very latest version is 2.5.1 — and I’m still getting accustomed to the new look and functionality of the administrative “dashboard.”

I don’t really like most of the changes they’ve made. I’m pretty “techie” about a lot of things, one of them being WordPress, and I really wanted to love the changes. But for the most part, I don’t.

One feature they got really “right” is the ability to quickly update WordPress plugins. You can do it pretty much with just a single click. Used to be you had to go to the plugin website, downloaded it to your computer. often unzip the file, then upload it to your server and reactivate it. That hassle’s been eliminated. The dashboard alerts you under “plugins” when one has been updated. You have the choice of going through the hassle on your own, or clicking for automatic updating. Works pretty well.

I do NOT like the way they’ve totally messed up Widget management and made it harder to add, move, and edit widgets in your WordPress theme. They’ve just done so much wrong regarding widgets that I won’t even go into it here.

So, those of you who blog with WordPress — and I know you’re out there reading this, aren’t you? — what do you think about version 2.5x? Good? Bad? Indifferent? Let us know.
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One Response to “After a month or so, I’m not really in love with the new look for WordPress”

  1. Carla says:

    I’m not a heavy widget user as a lot of my stuff is hand coded, so the change in the interface didn’t affect me that much.

    In general, it’s not too much of a change in use for me as I mostly post from Live Writer. Although, I would really like Live Writer to be updated to post tags directly.

    My one gripe is that the upgrade BROKE MY FEED. I was excluding categories, and that option doesn’t work at all now.

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