WordPress 2.5 RC1 released

I read Matt’s post about the release of a beta version of WordPress 2.5 this morning with great excitement (sad aren’t I?) and immediately downloaded it.

The screenshots Matt put up look great and I can’t wait to try it out.

However, then I had a rare moment of clarity. Waaaait a sec Tom. Let’s not go breaking the site just yet.

Often blog software updates break plugins and occasionally themes. I certainly had difficulties with this site the last time I upgraded.

Let’s not repeat that again in a hurry.

SO if anyone has tried out WordPress 2.5, how is it looking, what are the gotchas and how soon will a painless upgrade be viable?

9 thoughts on “WordPress 2.5 RC1 released”

  1. I expect this will be a thread to watch. It’s pretty vital that the upgrade not break Spam Karma 2 or the Akismet plugin for it.

  2. Yup Im going to install a copy on my server over the weekend, and test it a bit, I imagine plugins and themes will need to be updated, so will hold off for the bugs to be flattened….

    There is a test site on the net that allows you to try out the admin panel, not sure if the version is up to date but it gives you a few clues to the feel of it.

  3. I generally play around with Betas and Release Candidates of WordPress, Joomla and other open source web app stuff I use on either a test area of my hosting account or locally on a XAMPP installation before applying the upgrades to any of my sites.

    XAMPP is great as a quick and easy to install local development and test environment — sure beats trying to set up Apache, MySQL and PHP independently!

    Sometimes the chances of breaking things when you upgrade is just too great: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I have three sites running on Joomla 1.0.X that I want to migrate to the new Joomla 1.5, but I haven’t been brave enough yet. When I get time I’ll probably download a snapshot of the sites, carry out the conversion locally, test everything and then deploy something that I KNOW is working back up to the server.

  4. Hi,

    I’d just like to say a big thanks for this simple but very hard-to-find (on one’s own and without Google, anyway) solution. I just updated to 2.5 earlier this morning while using K2 and as expected, got a broken dashboard.

    Cheers!

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