WordPress 2.7 Upgrade Complete – What A Treat

The upgrade last night on my little lab rat went so well I not only upgraded the Lab but my Tucson blog as well.   Now today I’m finding my way around anew since navigation is completely changed from any previous version.   There are a lot more drop-down menus that ever before.

Wordpress 2.7 Dashboard

Wordpress 2.7 Dashboard

For example it used to be when checking the spam filter for comments they would break them down into comments, trackbacks, pings and display the number in each group.   Now there is a drop-down menu for ping and comments and you filter the results.   Not a big deal but it is an extra click and I had to look around to see if it was even still possible to break out the types of comments in the spam filter.

You can see there is now a quick post editor located right on the dashboard.   I might use it just for the fun of it, kind of like taking one of the new smart cars for a spin just for fun.

There is a lot of information on the dashboard and you can chose to have some of it visible or turned off through an options panel.   I’m still finding things, but so are everything seems to be somewhere.

More Clicks Needed to Navigate 2.7

I’m finding you do need a lot more clicks to get around in this version.   The full menu in the editor requires a click every time it is opened.   The Media Button requires an additional click to select from URL now that wasn’t necessary before.   And all those drop down menus require one or two additional clicks.

Now to test the spellchecker

The spell checker now works.   THE SPELL CHECKER NOW WORKS.   This is nice to have back and functioning finally.

There was another little bug that seems to have disappeared.   It used to be when I would set an h3 tag I would have to select paragraph from the drop-down or it would keep putting all text in the h3 tag.   Now once I hit return it goes back to paragraph.

More and More Stuff

The tags are now to the right side of the editor instead of under it.   The All-In-One-SEO placed under the editing area doesn’t have a drop-down arrow, it just looks like a label with nothing under it, but click on the label and the area drops down just like it used to.

I’m sure there are a lot of posts either written or being written about 2.7.   therefore, I”m not going into it any deeper than to say, this is the best release I’ve seen yet from WordPress.   It has the fewest bugs and issues of any release I’ve seen since I started using WordPress and my hope for the future is the same attention to detail be given for future release candidates.

I would rather have them released slower with fewer issues than more often with things broken or only half working.

Bottom Line, I like saying bottom line, Get WordPress 2.7 installed on your blog.   It will enrich your blogging experience.   It is like trading in your sedan for a new sports car.

Comments

  1. Oh drat. Now all the tutorials I made for earlier versions are even further out of date. Sigh.

  2. Cheyrl,

    What a brave soul to write tutorials on WordPress. That is like trying to decribe a speeding bullet as it whizzes by. 2.7. Really is a blast.

  3. Oh, but this part sure sounds sweet: “this may be the last time you ever have to manually upgrade WordPress again.” (From this page of the codex http://wordpress.org/development/2008/12/coltrane/)

  4. Cheryl,

    Yes that is so sweet. I hope it will work better than auto upgrade on some plugins : )

  5. Yes, your sitemap link (the human one in the righthand side menu) works but the sitemap.xml for the spiders is busted. I just found out that a plugin I had installed was conflicting (and had been doing so for some time). In my case it was the wordbook plugin that linked my blog to my facebook profile. Now my sitemap looks absolutely perfect and Google will be happy again.

  6. Just finished two updates without a hitch. Two down, ten to go. 🙂

  7. @Dave, CJ et al…I am really liking this upgrade as well. Several down…multiples of several to go, but I think (some things like the extra click you mentioned aside), this is definitely the cleanest upgrade to date.

    Sorry to hear about your tutorials Cheryl, yeah this one kinda put those on their ears…grin

    Best to all.

    Eric

  8. James Wheelock says:

    I was told that 2.7 navigation will give you problems if you are use to the older versions. Is this true? I am not sure that with all of the other stuff I am trying to do right now that I have time to learn a new CMS.

  9. Much of the CMS is the same. It is oriented down the side as opposed to across the top, but the essential commands are the same. There are also more drop downs. I think for the most part it is easier to use.

    Just my opinion.

  10. It only takes a minute or two to adjust to the left vertical column navigation.

    Most of all, I like that at “Screen Options” I can check/uncheck which modules the dashboard displays. I unchecked “Recent Comments”, and what a relief! I no longer see all the spam comments for male performance pharmaceuticals that Askimet missed.

  11. Cheryl,

    You don’t want those “Recent Comments” LOL. It is a relief. : )

  12. I hope they have found a way to moderate more than 20 comments at a time. My site has received so much spam that I can’t keep up with the moderation sometimes. The version of wordpress that I have only lets me moderate 20 posts at a time which is not effective. I can’t wait to try the new version

  13. Lofts,

    You are running 2.2 That is like driving a model T and complaining about having to advance the spark or get out and crank to get it started.

    WP 2.7 is way beyond the limitations of 2.2 and you could moderate more than 20 comments for a long time. But if you have askimet in place you won’t usually find the need to moderate very many comments.

  14. Dave, a couple things. First, WordPress 2.7 rules. I just updated mine as well. Not only is it better for guys like us, but its incredibly SEO friendly. Secondly, do you use Twitter? If so, what are your results? I am contemplating it but haven’t looked into it much. Thanks

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  15. @Scott – Yes, I use twitter, but I’m not a twitterholic.

    It is a great way to keep plugged in to what is going on in your nitch. I also use it for SEO and a way to keep readers up to date on what is going on.

    It takes a while to build a community “tribe” of those you follow so you are in on both sides of conversations.

    I consider it another tool in the toolkit, but this one both give me access and provides access to me at the same time. You might want to see the post on using Twitter for fresh relevant content.

    Dave

  16. Hi, Does WordPress 2.7 have built in spell checker or do I need to install a special plugin. I’ve read a few articles which mention that WordPress 2.7 has a spell checker but I can’t seem to find it. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks

  17. @Sharon – Sharon,

    There has been a spell checker built in since 2.5.

    Look for the button with ABC and a check mark under it. That is the spell checker. I don’t use it. I use the one in Firefox instead.

    Dave

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