Trying out WordPress 2.1

I upgraded to WordPress 2.1 this morning and the whole process was remarkably painless.

The entire process took about ten minutes – the majority of that time was spent on backing up the previous version and FTP’ing the new files into place.

Of course, if you are a client of mine and I maintain your blogs, it actually took waaaaaaaaaaaay longer. Hours of research, planning, etc. were involved and if you need me to upgrade your blog, my invoices would obviously reflect that 😉
The only glitch I found so far was that when I was double-clicking a word to select it in the Visual mode, the paragraph I had just been writing disappeared. And that disappearance was then auto-saved!

Clicking into the Code tab revealed that I had somehow inadvertently switched the paragraph style to hidden. Deleting the style info revealed the text once more.
WordPress 2.1 write screen

I like the auto-save feature (see in the image above, the post is being saved) and the ability to quickly move between the Code and Visual (wysiwyg) views.

The builtin spell checker will prove handy too when I’m not using Firefox (Firefox 2 also has a spell checker which is fabulous for illiterates like me) or the Visual editor.

The other very nifty improvement I noticed was the ability to set any page as the front page of your site. This will allow many more people to use WordPress as a simple CMS for their entire website.

WordPress just gets better and better, great job guys.

9 thoughts on “Trying out WordPress 2.1”

  1. Glad you’re loving the new version! I found a fix for the deleted tag problem I had. Even though you weren’t affected by the bug, it might be worth patching UTW just in case.
    Check my blog post for the 2 line fix.

  2. if i wasn’t so busy upgrading I would be blogging about upgrading, 206 was 11 days old when 207 came out, 207 was 8 days out when 2.1 came out, there hasn’t been this much coming out since Irish men started presenting on UK TV. so i’ll take a hat tip from you and upgrade (again). thanks for the review.

  3. Mine has been cranky since I tried to upgrade to 2.0.7 on monday. Now I’d be happy just gettting 2.0.2 working again. Excuse all the outage from ATP.

  4. Glad you’re liking 2.1 – my experience installing it was equally painless, the only thing that took any time was backing up my database.


  5. I’m glad I found this page. I’ve been thinking about upgrading my (aging) wordpress site for ages, but it kinda scared me. You guys have give me the confidence to go for it!

  6. I have been visiting this site a lot lately, so i thought it is a good idea to show my appreciation with a comment.

    Jim Mirkalami

    PS: I am a single dad. 😉

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