Say Hello to WordPress 2.0

Wordpress 2

The first Beta version of WordPress 2.0 (previously known as 1.6) is out. I just downloaded it and I’m testing it locally to see what’s new, broken etc since it’s still in beta. The interface is much leaner now and it’s sporting a new RichText editor with a global image uploader and browser that requires no plugins. A welcomed featured, but a Firefox only feature which is a bummer because Safari is still my preferred browser. Multi-weblogs is one feature I was hoping for in this release, but it looks like I’ll have to wait longer and I highly doubt they’ll add such a feature during beta stages. The new look of the admin section looks much better than the 1.5 one but it’s no Tiger Style. The themes now have thumbnail activation, a huge oversight on previews versions, but they really should include a generous amount of themes with the distribution, not just the lonely default Kubrik theme. And I’m tired of explaining newbies how to find, download and activate these themes without them getting dizzy. Choosing a theme should be an exciting event for a new blogger, not a “geek required” event like it is now. The guys at WP Beta Testbed are tracking plugin issues since a good portion of them will require updating. There are lots of refinements and little nuggets but this is just my first impression on my first 5 minutes with this release. It’s great to see WordPress advancing and my hope is that the interface gets more user friendly as new versions come out. And perhaps maybe one day, in the not so distant future my WordPress Dashboard would show relevant info about my Blog, is that too much to ask?

Links: WordPress 2.0 Beta 1 DO NOT RUN ON A PRODUCTION SITE!

4 thoughts on “Say Hello to WordPress 2.0

  1. Nick

    Wow. Exciting.

    Highly impressed that they have introduced the Rich Text Editor.

    It looks like TinyMCE

    “TinyMCE is a platform independent web based Javascript HTML WYSIWYG editor control released as Open Source under LGPL by Moxiecode Systems AB. It has the ability to convert HTML TEXTAREA fields or other HTML elements to editor instances. TinyMCE is very easy to integrate into other CMS systems. ”

    I have recently just discovered and used it. Its highly customisable with a million more features that you don’t actually need, supporting its own plugins and themes.

    It does work to an extent in Safari if it is enabled, very simple to do so – read the manual. Doesnt work in MSIE-Mac eaither.

  2. latisha

    i am currently in the process of moving to wordpress (free). could you tell me how to post pics/photos into my posts…i use a mac…and it says that i can just drag the photo into my post, but when i attemtped this i just got the link to the photo. and yes i did upload my photos first.