Beta Testing WordPress 2.5

I’ve been playing around with the beta version of WordPress 2.5 mainly to see if my plugins are going to break in this version. I’ve only tested Post Avatar but no problems so far. The main change will involve changing the display HTML since WP 2.5 is a complete overhaul of the admin panel.

Screenshot of WordPress 2.5 menu Aside from the initial reserve about the color scheme – it seemed a little washed out, I’m enjoying what I’m seeing. I like how the menu is set out with usual tasks of writing and managing posts and comments on one side and options for settings and plugins on the other.

The HTML has been simplified going from WordPress 2.3.3:
<div class="dbx-box-wrapper">
<div class="dbx-handle-wrapper">
<h3 class="dbx-handle"><?php _e('Post Avatar'); ?></h3>
<div class="dbx-content-wrapper">
<div class="dbx-content">
<!-- Content Here -->

to :
<div id="gkl_postavatar" class="postbox closed">
<h3><?php _e('Post Avatar'); ?></h3>
<div class="inside">
<!-- Content Here -->

Another thing that I like is the media uploader. I’ve only used the existing file uploader in WordPress sparingly – but the new uploader makes it easier to add files. There’s some kind of gallery tag which I need to check out. Hopefully this lets you display a group of uploaded images in your post.

WordPress 2.5 - Advanced Options

The one thing that I’m not happy about is the Advanced Options portion of the Write Post screen. It seems silly to have all this space for a single input box or a few checkboxes.
You have to click on the Comments and Pings header to view the two checkboxes and make the changes. It would be better if they were below the Save/Publish box.

12 thoughts on “Beta Testing WordPress 2.5”

  1. Gaaaah… I really should upgrade my WordPress installation. I want to see the changes! I’ll probably be able to do it next weekend 🙂

  2. Wait a little while after the release is out before installing because you never know what little problems might crop up.

  3. Hi, I’m sorry for butting in with an “off-topic” question.

    But I love your “post avatar” plugin so much! So first I wanted to express how much I adore that plugin. I’m a big icons fan, so that’s one of my all-time favourite plugins.

    And I have a question … there’s another kind of plugin that I’m really, really missing: a plugin that allows commenters to pick an individual icon for their comment. I was wondering if it is possible to adapt the “post avatar” plugin so that commenters can choose from a set of comments icons I make available at my blog.

    I hope my question doesn’t annoy you and thank you again for the great icons plugin for the posts!

  4. Hi, I’m having problems with the advanced options, I check the boxes of the comments and pingback, then I save the post and the boxes appear empty. So I can’t enable the comments! Any suggestions?

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