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.
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!