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Sabahan.com Upgraded to WordPress 2.5.1

July 14, 2008 by  

After putting this off for so long, I finally made the move and upgraded Sabahan.com WordPress installation to v2.5.1 from the pre-historic v2.2.1. (OK it’s not that bad).

The upgrade went without a glitch, apart from the Popularity Contest plugin which refuse to work with the latest WordPress version. A fix has been found and the develper is working on the new release.

What may seem like old news to those early adopters, I’ve just found out several nifty features in WordPress 2.5.1 that could make my blogging activity easier and more fun.

The new interface is a welcome update which gives WordPress a fresher and current feel to it. It’s both pretty and more user-friendly. Although, there are a few changes that require some getting used to at least initially.

The main navigation menu has been split up into two separate groups. Frequently access items are placed on the left, while items such as the Settings, Plugins and Users are placed to the right.

 

Personally I prefer the previous arrangement where all items are grouped together and fortunately, one of my favourite plugins, the Admin Drop Down Menu let me do that.

 

 

Several functions that used to be on the sidebar are now moved below the post. This includes the Categories which forces you to scroll down when selecting categories if you have a smaller screen. Also, I still prefer the “Save” and “Publish” button below the post instead of on the sidebar.

I expect I’ll encounter more changes as I continue using the new version. While everyone has his/her personal preference as far as the interface is concern, it would be nice if WordPress allows users to rearrange any elements on the page to suit their personal needs with AJAX drag and drop support in the future.

Another cool feature in WordPress 2.5.1 (included since v2.5 I think) is the ability to update your WordPress plugins automatically. No more searching, downloading, unzipping, uploading via FTP as all these steps can be done automatically by clicking a link on your dashboard which is visible when a new version of a plugin is available.

Talking about auto-updating, there’s a plugin that automatically upgrade your WordPress installation to the latest version with a click of a button. The plugin is called WordPress Automatic Upgrade and is compatible with WordPress 1.5 and above.

It basically follows the 5 steps upgrade route suggested by WordPress upgrade instructions

The plugin will perform the following steps during an upgrade:

  1. Backs up the files and makes available a link to download it.
  2. Backs up the database and makes available a link to download it.
  3. Downloads the latest files from http://wordpress.org/latest.zip and unzips it.
  4. Puts the site in maintenance mode.
  5. De-activates all active plugins and remembers it.
  6. Upgrades WordPress files.
  7. Gives you a link that will open in a new window to upgrade installation.
  8. Re-activates the plugins.

The plugin can also be run in an automated mode where all the above steps will be executed quietly without your intervention.

This can be a definite time saver for everyone running WordPress especially for those who manage multiple blogs. I’ll give it a test drive on several of my blogs. But for important blogs like Sabahan.com, I prefer doing manual upgrade as a precaution until I’m convince the plugin works flawlessly (or officially recommended by WordPress) after several upgrade exercises.

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Comment by mrBadak Subscribed to comments via email
2008-07-14 15:12:58

I’ve updated a few of my blogs except mrBadak.com, as a few of the plugins not yet supported.

The new admin interface rocks – esp the image uploading feature! widgets also best :)

 
Comment by Kay Kastum Subscribed to comments via email
2008-07-14 19:24:58

I did not really like the widget function at first because of the few step process but I think it’s all good now. Change is good right?

 
Comment by nyst.wysrt Subscribed to comments via email
2008-07-14 21:56:53

manually upgrading my blog to wp 2.5.1 was such a hard time for me coz there were errors all the way but managed to do it though.. keep up the good work. d[-_-]b

 
Comment by pinolobu Subscribed to comments via email
2008-07-14 22:44:29

I’ve used the autoupdate plugin on many occasions, and it failed a few times. Most of the time it works beautifully though. Still, if it failed, I simply redo the installation manually.

 
Comment by Rice Blogger
2008-07-14 23:08:08

I am using another admin drop down menu..and mine seems to be neat and nice..try it out

http://www.riceblogger.com/blogging-tools/admin-drop-downmenu-plugins/

 
Comment by David Hobson
2008-07-14 23:42:44

Congrats on finally upgrading and the plugin you used is fantastic.

 
Comment by amirulcyber
2008-07-15 09:48:12

Congratulates for successful upgrade to WP2.5.1.

 
Comment by amirulcyber
2008-07-15 09:50:01

Are from Sabah, Malaysia?

Comment by Gaman
2008-07-15 11:22:58

Yes. Check out my About page if you’d like to learn more about me and this blog.

 
 
Comment by mrBadak Subscribed to comments via email
2008-07-16 10:13:42

and then WP 2.6 is released kekekeke – kalau tau, alang2 ko tunggu a few days kan? hehehe.

Comment by Gaman
2008-07-16 11:47:09

Ya bah. Tapi tidak tahu dia release awal ;)

 
 
Comment by StuckS
2008-07-18 16:00:33

ia bha, brapa hari ja update suda balik. kekeke

 
Comment by Shueqry
2008-07-21 23:24:17

Well, thanks for the info bro especially about WordPress Automatic Upgrade PlugIn.

In my case, after several minutes installing WordPress, in saw a litte ‘upgrade to 2.6′ link on admin Dashboard.

Wow, so fast? I’m just installng v2.51!

-Shueqry-

 
Comment by papajoneh
2008-07-30 17:36:59

wahhh long time didn’t come here. really like ages..
sekali datang terus new face, new theme. I thought I salah type. Hahaha.

and finally u upgraded to latest WP too. nice right. Manually is always best.

 
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