Unreleased WordPress 2.5 Sneak Peek

wordpress logoOnly twelve days ago, WordPress released their version 2.3.3 update to fix an exploitation with the XMLRPC configuration. And now, I find out you can actually take WordPress version 2.5 for a spin. However, you directly install it since the files haven’t been released yet. Which is why, this is only a WordPress 2.5 sneak peek.

Thanks to Autommattic’s Chris Johnston, he’s setup a WordPress 2.5 demo…preview…sneak peek…whatever you want to call a test site for WordPress followers to crash test. Do note, I didn’t mean literally trying to crash the WordPress 2.5 test server. Login details to the WordPress 2.5 test server are after the jump.

According to Chris, the server will be refreshed every hour. If you’d like to login:

Visit the WordPress 2.5 Administrator Login
Username: admin
Password: demo

And if you didn’t know, Automattic is the company who created and founded WordPress. Besides giving credit to the company and hardworking folks at WordPress, here are some teaser screenshots of the new WordPress 2.5.

wordpress 2.5 dashboard wordpress 2.5 create new post wordpress 2.5 posts wordpress 2.5 widgets

Personally, the whole WordPress 2.5 user interface has been cleaned up or stripped I would say. The whole interface is designed now around simple lines and subtle coloring. Which I seriously am liking right now. Plus, they have also started cleaning up the menus and reorganizing them.

However, I did find it more troublesome now activating and deactivating widgets. I think it’s because you can’t clearly see an ‘activate’ area to drag the widgets. In the current WordPress widget configuration page, all you have to do is drag the widgets from below up to either sidebar available to activate them.

Besides the above, I’m looking forward to the upgrade in WordPress 2.5 and other features it may bring along. Of course, without the sacrifice of securing the WordPress installation to prevent hacking.

Tried WordPress 2.5 yet? What did you think of it?

[tags]Wordpress, 2.5, Widgets, User interface, User experience[/tags]

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9 Responses to “Unreleased WordPress 2.5 Sneak Peek”

  1. Response #1 by Deimos Tel`Arin on February 18th, 2008

    So it is going to be released on 10 March 2008?

    Sure bor?

    If it is stable and safe by then, why not upgrade?

    Newer is always good, right? 🙂

    To answer your two (2) simple questions:
    No, I have not tried out WordPress 2.5 yet. Perhaps I ought to.

    I think it will be fantastic! From 2.3 to 2.5.
    I easily adapt to changes.

    Okay, I think I might as well go give it a try now.

  2. Response #2 by Danny Foo on February 18th, 2008

    I never heard about the release date but I’m sure they still have kinks to work out. As for newer is better, not all the time – look at iPhone. LOL!

  3. Response #3 by Raimi on February 18th, 2008

    Hi Danny,

    this is my first time here. Thank you for the wordpress post. I’m a new to wordpress and planning to have one dedicated blog soon. now I am just playing around with WordPress. When they update, I just update my blog with the latest version without knowing what the difference anyway 😛

  4. Response #4 by Deimos Tel`Arin on February 19th, 2008

    @Danny:
    Well, you are right about that one though.
    The iPhone is kinda crappy. -_-

    For softwares, normally if the software development team is good, the latest versions are usually good.

  5. Response #5 by Web Designer Group on February 19th, 2008

    Word press new design, though simple but attractive. Colors usage is birlliant. I’ll upgrade to this soon, as early it is relased.

  6. Response #6 by Danny Foo on February 19th, 2008

    Raimi:
    Indeed, there’s a lot to play with but I feel lacking in the PHP department as I can’t even more heads or tails on how could I style the author comment easily with the Whitespace them base.

    Ah Kong:
    Urm, if the software development sometimes aren’t pressured by the community – they would be doing good too. 🙂

    WDG:
    Wow. I assume the widget part was a no-brainer for you?

  7. Response #7 by Raimi on February 21st, 2008

    playing around with WP can be dangerous. You will get hook up with it for hours just because of the tiny things.. 😛 (personal experience) I’m still playing around with WP in different domain. I plan to make my blog next week..

  8. Response #8 by Danny Foo on February 21st, 2008

    No wonder your domain has got no landing page yet, Raimi. 😛

    I can’t really play with WordPress inside out as I’m not much of a PHP programmer. So I’ll rely alot on Google or the WordPress community to help me.

  9. Response #9 by Aisyah on February 21st, 2008

    I’m so looking forward to this version of wp. it sounds really cool! 😀

    I especially like the new design and feel of the admin.

    Can’t wait. ;p


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