WordPress 2.5 Release

The wait is over, and WordPress 2.5 is finally released! Compared to the previous 2.3 branch, this new release brings an amazing pack of improvements and additions, and it looks like 2.5 is going to be one of the most interesting WordPress releases of the past years.

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There is an excellent highlight of all the main features on the WordPress blog: WordPress 2.5 Brecker.

New WordPress 2.5 features

The things I’m really looking forward to try are the following:

- new dashboard – apart from cleaner look and improved usability, it also supports widgets for expanded functionality

- multi-file upload – apparently with a progress bar!

- fully integrated tag management – adding/renaming/removing any tags is a native functionality with this release, so no additional plugins are needed

- using newer version of TinyMCE (that’s the fancy editor with plenty of useful toolbars you see when creating a page or a post) promises fixes to many complex HTML issues (working with lists and paragraphs has traditionally been painful for me), and there’s a no-distractions mode I really look forward to – minimum of interface controls so that you can fully concentrate on the content

There are many more improvements like automatic plugin upgrades and built-in image gallery functionality, which many of you will find useful as well, but I’ve yet to look into them.

All in all, I think it’s the most exciting upgrade, WordPress team once again did a great job.

Wait no longer: download WordPress 2.5 and get busy with your upgrades!

More links on WordPress 2.5

Getting Ready For WordPress 2.5

As you probably know, WordPress 2.5 RC1 is available for a preview download, and the final WordPress 2.5 can be released in the next few days. Since it brings a traditional ton of useful improvements, it probably makes sense to see how ready your current blog is for the new major upgrade.

Useful links for WordPress 2.5

Here are just a few links you may find useful:

Wordze Easter Weekend Special

Wordze Keyword Research

Wordze is doing yet another campaign: to celebrate Easter, this whole weekend you can register and get your first month with Wordze for just $15 instead of the regular $45 price.

To avail of this offer, just follow this link: Wordze – first month for just $15.

AdSense Requires You To Have a Privacy Policy Now

Google AdSense

If you’re a Google AdSense publisher, you’ve noticed that a few weeks ago the Terms and Conditions for this service have been updated.

Quite a few things changed, but one of the most important updates is that you are required now to have a privacy policy on each website of yours which uses Google AdSense.

From Inside AdSense blog:

We’ve also added some specific requirements that make it necessary for publishers to post and abide by a transparent privacy policy that users see. According to this policy, publishers must notify their users of the use of cookies and/or web beacons to collect data in the ad serving process. This change relates to advertisers’ use of innovative products and features like Gadget Ads and other offerings in the future.

To make your life easier, I’m going to share a useful tip: you don’t have to invent a policy yourself, cause it’s already done. In fact, there’s a WordPress plugin which creates a simple privacy policy you can then insert into any of your blog pages: Synclastic Privacy Policy Plugin.

Once you download the plugin, simply activate it and create a new WordPress page. Just insert this tag wherever you want your policy to appear:

<!– privacy-policy –>

That’s it! Really simple. Great plugin.

I’ve just done this here on PerfectBlogger, so my privacy policy is found under http://www.perfectblogger.com/privacy page.

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