29 May 2006 prla   » (Apprentice)

Wordpress 2

Spent some time this morning looking into the new major version of Wordpress and despite not having upgraded this very blog into it (yet), I think it’s a pretty decent overhaul. Perhaps not as ground-shattering as you’ve probably have to come to expect from a software’s new major version, but still very much worth to upgrade. I understand from the website that upgrading from version 1 to this one shouldn’t be much of a problem, but still I haven’t tried it yet.

What I did do was giving a shot to the Mac provided Apache server (1.3.33) and installing a fresh copy of WP2 in my iBook’s localhost. The first (and pretty much only) problem I bumped into was that PHP was non-existent, so I just grabbed this nice Apple Developer HOWTO and installation was a breeze. I did notice however that compiling stuff from source with gcc in Darwin is a bit slow, at least on my system.

Once I got WP up and running, I did a quick survey of the administration interface, so here’s some thoughts on it:

  • The admin interface got a face lift, not much a departure but it’s now more blue and generally pleasant to the eye.
  • There’s Javascript goodness all round, the kind that is actually useful and doesn’t get in the way. And it’s cute to boot.
  • The themes section is better presented and there’s now support to edit the Kubrick’s theme header colors from within the admin interface. Only changing the title and description font colors did work, though, which is OK by me considering I prefer to use background pictures in it. But changing the text color easily still comes in handy. This is all part of the Current Theme Options feature, which I assume are different for each installed theme.
  • Of special interest to me and Tiago is the fact that his DokuWiki markup plugin works like a charm under WP2. All it took was simply copying the doku/ folder from my current WP1 installation to WP2’s plugins folder, et voila.
  • RSS feeds seem to be working fine despite Russell's reports on the contrary. I do wonder why Safari’s RSS icon in the address bar looks for the Atom feed instead of the RSS2 one I provide in the links within the blog itself.
  • There’s now a nice feature of importing posts and comments from other blog systems (namely Blogger, Movable Type, TextPattern and plain RSS) into WP2. This is good because now I can actually import all those dozens of entries I got in my old Blogger blog.

And that’s pretty much what I could gather. When I have more time, I will make a complete backup of my current WP installation and proceed to upgrade it to version 2.


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