Upgraded to WordPress 2.5

WordPress 2.5 went gold this morning, and I figured I’d go ahead and upgrade my blogs.

The very first thing I did was back. everything. up. Files, data, configuration. I used rsync to send everything to my desktop box on campus, where it will be further automatically backed up by Time Machine to an external drive. You can never have too many backups. Not that anything ever goes wrong…

Then, I upgraded the relatively simple mindfulseeing.com photoblog – no problems at all. WP 2.5 seemed happy on my server, and there weren’t any issues with the upgrade process. Now to try it on my main blog…

I made sure all plugins were up to date, then disabled every one of them. Upgraded WordPress and ran the database upgrade. Logged in again (it updates the password storage hash, so you get to login again to update that), and everything seemed good. Quickly poked around the shiny new admin interface, which is nice but will take some getting used to. Then, I headed over to the Plugins page to start enabling the constellation of stuff I use to make my blog do what I want. They all worked, with the exception of the Popularity Contest plugin. So I left that one disabled.

Interesting. The visual editor seems to be cranky. The ctrl-A shortcut to fire up the hyperlink doowackie doesn’t work, and when I hit the “link” icon in TinyMCE, I just get a blank popup. I’ll try nuking the TinyMCE plugin and reinstalling from the fresh WP 2.5 copy…

I do like the new Tag autocompletion. Kinda like what Drupal has had for what? 2 years now…

Anyhoo… If you can read this, it kinda sorta worked.

6 thoughts on “Upgraded to WordPress 2.5”

  1. It went pretty smoothly – the only plugin I lost (likely only temporarily) is Popularity Contest. And it’s something I only very rarely ever looked at, so it won’t be missed. Check out Matt’s screencast of the new media manager. Nice :-)

  2. Oh so useful Norman, thanks for the play-by-play on your blog and twitter, I am looking forward to the upgrade. How do you like the new backend interface?

  3. I like it, but it’s definitely going to take some getting used to. btw, thanks for testing the OpenID plugin. Good to know that works too :-)

  4. Hi Darcy- We used RC1 for our last seminar- and had a little flakiness with it- but, hopefully golden master has the bugs out. Noticed some different behaviors between Safari and Firefox- with Safari doing the cool lightbox thing- and Firefox not :-( I’ve had the hardest time telling people to downsize their pics- I’ve never tried to do an 8megapixel upload before- I typically use iPhoto to export smaller. The new fixed size thumbnail took some getting used to- and I didn’t have any luck with positioning the pic before sending to the editor. We’ll see what the GM has fixed. I want to know if Spam Karma still worked with it?

  5. I dropped Spam Karma awhile back – it’s not under active development anymore, and was letting far to many spams through. Which is unfortunate, because it was the best option for campus blogging without having to pay the high Akismet tax…

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