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WordPress 2.5 Sucks

As more and more people are upgrading to the latest release of WordPress 2.5, the number of rants and complaints is increasing steadily. I am sure the developers have worked hard to make the administration section of the new release as user-friendly as possible, but there are some shortcomings which should definitely be addressed in further releases of WordPress.

Here are three things about WordPress 2.5 that have really put me off :-


1. First of all, I don’t understand the need of including an “add” button with the tags. The old method of specifying all the tags just separated by a comma was far less time consuming and you did not have to press an extra button every time you wanted to add a tag.


2. Adding categories is the worst of all. First you scroll down to the categories section (which were very accessible in the earlier version always being on the right side), then you click on “Add New Category”, write the category name and finally click on the add button. I really hate this part as they have increased the total number of steps to add a category for your posts.


3. In WordPress 2.3, all the other features (comments and pings, password protect etc.) floated right of your post which made them very much accessible. I am sorry to say but this is not the case with the latest version of WordPress.

I am sure many of you also feel the same way about the latest 2.5 release. You are welcome to vote below and let the developers of WordPress know about your feelings.

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  3. Bali Tour left a comment on October 4, 2014 at 12:22 am |

    Yes, it seem every one disappointing with WordPress 2.5
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  4. Bali Tour left a comment on October 4, 2014 at 12:20 am |

    Me to so disappointed, now i used WordPress 3
    i hope there is no bug anymore

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  8. smily left a comment on June 7, 2008 at 6:18 am |

    It’s grown on me, perhaps it takes a bit of time to get used to change but I agree whole heartedly about redesigning the write post page.

    I’d highly recommend trying out the windows live writer thing for those people who can’t get the image uploader working, it’s worked really well for me. Although if you’re worried about validation I’d suggest not using it for flash files, but it’s great for everything else.

  9. nazanin left a comment on May 30, 2008 at 10:49 am |

    I can’t believe i can’t do something as simple as change/edit the category name..

  10. robin left a comment on May 27, 2008 at 2:19 am |

    I don’t like it at all, I have a testaccount with a basic theme installed now. The “visit site” button hovers over the “write” button, I can still press it but barely.

    Also the password protect feature doesn’t work as supposed, after entering a password and clicking the submit button nothing happens, then you need to press F5 to get in.

    Several of my favorite plugins that work fine under 2.3 don”t work under 2.5. Also my main (paid) theme shows strange behaviour under 2.5 as it doesn’t seem to be 100% compatible and last not to mention the image upload problem.

    I still am running my main blog under 2.3 and plan to leave it like that, thought I read somewhere that 2.6 is coming but will test that also before I switch.

  11. Drilling Billy left a comment on May 8, 2008 at 9:15 am |

    Can anyone explain to me why it takes so damn long to fix the image uploading problem?

  12. jj left a comment on May 2, 2008 at 6:45 am |

    I bet no one in the WP group has any knowledge on HCI, IxD, or UxD—so how can they even say they are doing things more user-friendly?

    So many people throw the words user and friendly without having any clue about the topic… πŸ™

  13. Kaspars left a comment on May 1, 2008 at 1:03 pm |

    There is also the Baltic Amber Admin Themes & Schemes plugin which allows you to modify the ‘Write Post’ panel in the following way:

    – put ‘Categories’ and ‘Tabs’ as two columns right below the main text input area,
    – remove ‘Title’ label to save additional 30px of vertical space that brings the ‘Categories’ and ‘Tabs’ selection up even more.
    – place the main navigation bar right next to the blog’s title.

    You can view the screenshots here.

  14. Huolong left a comment on May 1, 2008 at 11:21 am |

    I want to reverse to 2.3.X. But, it would take another downgrade. frustrating, yes.

  15. rick left a comment on April 27, 2008 at 1:37 pm |

    It looks much better than the previous version. Much nicer graphic design. Problems are as mentioned:
    – scrolling up and down constantly
    – no publish button at bottom (you have to scroll back up)
    – attaching images doesn’t work

  16. Didi left a comment on April 26, 2008 at 9:24 am |

    I am totally agree with you.
    WP 2.5.1 is available now. Any update on these section?

  17. Zairul left a comment on April 26, 2008 at 4:06 am |

    agree with ironnie.. too much scrolling.

    but wp is still the easiest platform πŸ™‚

  18. Drilling Blly left a comment on April 23, 2008 at 11:14 am |

    What frustrates the most is that the IMAGE UPLOADING SIMPLY DOESN’T WORK! I don’t get it… How can they come out with a new version when features don’t work?

    The old wordpress rocked but the new 2.5 is walking the same path as Joomla. It’s getting bigger and bigger with more and more features losing in usability. This was the reason so many people switched from Joomla and Drupal to WordPress. I’m very disappointed with 2.5!

  19. Davethesave left a comment on April 23, 2008 at 8:19 am |

    New version is horrible just horrible. In fact I am jumping ship and looking for an alternative. MAybe I will go down the Drupal route. Change for the sake of change if you ask me, there was no need.

  20. Jim L left a comment on April 23, 2008 at 7:39 am |

    I can’t stand the new Design > Widgets page. To move a custom Text widget from one sidebar to another, you have to “Remove” the widget which actually deletes it, then Recreate it on the other sidebar. That doesn’t make any sense, when before you could just drag it from one sidebar to another. Otherwise 2.5 isn’t that bad, although not living up the hype either.


  21. umut left a comment on April 22, 2008 at 1:17 am |

    first, interface was seemed cute… but then i saw the functionality had been lost away.


  22. Anon left a comment on April 21, 2008 at 2:53 am |

    Same here. I feel disappointed too.

  23. make money blog left a comment on April 20, 2008 at 9:23 pm |

    I’ve had 2 of my 2.1.3 blogs mysteriously auto updated to 2.5. Any idea if that’s a wordpress feature? I’ve checked with my host and they said they didn’t do it.

  24. Ninjamaster left a comment on April 20, 2008 at 4:13 pm |

    I can’t delete any links in my blogroll in 2.5

  25. Pat left a comment on April 19, 2008 at 6:47 am |

    I like it overall, but it has some problems.

    – Uploading photos is cumbersome and simply doesn’t work in plain IE7 (you have to use a patch that will be included in 2.5.1, they say… bah). Also, the layout of the popup is ugly and unusable.

    – Editing comments took me 10 minutes to figure out where to click.

    – I have 15cm of white space on the right of the post edit box, and i have to scroll 15km up and down… WHY this?

    However, regarding tags, you can still enter comma separated tags, and you don’t even have to push “add”. It’useful when you know it… but only then.

    I think that they should do an heavy redesign and improve the usability.

  26. M left a comment on April 18, 2008 at 2:56 am |

    Hey! In 2.5 you still can use a coma when you specify tags or new categorys. Just write “photos, napkins, dwarfs” in the tags-field and hit enter / or click add. Same goes for new categories.

  27. Rose left a comment on April 17, 2008 at 11:28 am |

    My pet peeve is with regards to uploading photos. In Firefox I need to set my browser to full screen to upload and in IE I keep getting an error message.

  28. betchay left a comment on April 16, 2008 at 4:34 am |

    like a pp, i don’t like the new widgets editing page… i like the one before where you just drag and drop the widgets…

  29. Sanjay left a comment on April 16, 2008 at 2:10 am |

    They guys is very very amazing fighteen but I LIKE her and his picture.

  30. BigBri left a comment on April 15, 2008 at 9:37 pm |

    Why can’t we just click and drag the freaking widgets, huh? Now I have to click a combo box, choose my sidebar, click show, click edit, click remove. That’s five freaking clicks when I could just drag it away before! DAMMIT!

    I have a rant on the new video / media stuff here:

  31. Hone left a comment on April 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |

    People through hands up in the air when 2.0 came out.

    But they got used to it.

    I think having the publish button on the side is a mistake because it adds to scrolling and for new users the publish button is less obvious.

  32. David Coveney left a comment on April 15, 2008 at 5:06 am |

    The new back-end may well be different and is definitely, in some ways, worse… but it’s so much better in so many other ways that once you’ve used it a while you’d never go back.

    I think most of the complaints stem from pain of change. It’s like the Win2K to XP change… and now the XP to Vista change. It’ll always be this way πŸ™‚

    There’s also a lot of extras now available to developers allowing them to keep things standard whilst hugely improving the presentation of upcoming themes.

    So from us, a big thumbs up!

  33. Adarsh left a comment on April 15, 2008 at 3:53 am |

    I guess the 3rd option will get the least hits for one reason, thats the real percentage of pro-bloggers who are hell busy and don’t have time to waste on clicking extra and managing things. But yeah, I agree, the new update isn’t that cool, I liked the 2.3 version.

  34. Sharing Best Practices! left a comment on April 15, 2008 at 1:57 am |

    A little disappointment here too, lot of troubles.. Not happy with the new version.

  35. Hosting left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 10:51 pm |

    Thanks for the post, I was considering upgrading to the new version but I think I’ll stick with the old version after reading this.

  36. Viper left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 10:34 pm |

    BTW, I laughed myself into hyperventilation at the lead pic.

  37. Viper left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 10:33 pm |

    Been lurkin’, decided to finally make a comment…

    I pointed out in my blog entry about this that just about the only thing that I like is the concept of using the “latest and greatest” version. I’m geeky that way.

    But I will admit, I don’t use much of the bells and whistles that more advanced bloggers probably use and that seem to be the flagship of this upgrade.

    In fact, I write my blog entries in Word with raw, preformatted html at the top and bottom and then paste the finished product into WP, look it over, spell-check it, and publish.

    So 2.5 works fine for this Neanderthal method but then again, so did 2.3.

    Here is what I had to say about it:

  38. JonasR left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 5:02 pm |


    I don’t think it such a big issue, I just use Windows Live Writer I find it very easy to post through this application, and it’s working super with WordPress 2.5 in my case.

    Just an idea
    Have fun blogging!

  39. Malin left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 3:05 pm |

    Perhaps I got you wrong up there (then forgive me), but you don’t have to click the “add” button each time you write in a tag. Add all the tags at once, separating them with a “,” and then click the add button. πŸ™‚

  40. Adrian left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 2:29 pm |

    BTW, that funny pic had me roaring when I saw it my feedreader…

  41. Adrian left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm |

    Well, I waited before upgrading my clients blogs to 2.5 for quite some time (to me a month is a long time). And frankly, I’m quite happy with the upgrade. Much more professional look and feel (not so “open-sourcey”), and way easier to use. For pro bloggers perhaps there are many dislikes, but for clients and those who are not so tech/blog savvy (and want something easy to use out of the box), 2.5 works like a charm.

  42. Richard H left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 1:17 pm |

    Getting used to change always takes time, and we all have our preferences, but I don’t have any complaints at all about 2.5.

    I have no regrets for upgrading, but if you haven’t yet, there’s no big rush in my opinion.

  43. newmediaMike left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 1:15 pm |

    My pet peeve is with the adding of widgets. I used to like the old way of dragging and dropping. It made swapping widgets easier, especially if you were swapping columns.

  44. Sonny Gill left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 12:22 pm |

    I like it overall.

    I’ve read things on Fluency Admin but haven’t tried it yet: http://deanjrobinson.com/projects/fluency-admin/

    Anyone try it yet?

  45. Pk_JoA left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 12:03 pm |

    I made a mistake when I upgrade. Really, WP 2.5 sucks. I hate it. From his slow method for uploading images (that makes mi FF crash in Ubuntu) to the horrible new panel (well, it is better, but I is not good enough…)

    PD: Sorry for my bad english
    PD2: Good Blog! First time I comment, but I read your blog for quite a while now.

  46. bob left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 10:30 am |

    line 80 column 1 - Warning: ID "_wp_unfiltered_html_comment" uses XML ID syntax

    lol the pic make me laugh and micturate.

  47. Jai left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 9:29 am |

    Blogging is all about making posts and if that becomes cumbersome, where is the fun?

  48. Lisa left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 9:15 am |

    The admin interface is AWFUL. Luckily, I’ve only upgraded one of my many domains, and it’s not a blog I update all of the time.

    The site I upgraded is a product review/shopping site, and I’m almost afraid to do one of my shopping entries, because there’s a lot of photos involved in those entries…

    WP 2.5 certainly isn’t making blogging any EASIER, that’s for sure…

  49. WordPress Modder left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 9:03 am |

    I would agree with all your points. Before it was released I kept hearing all the hype about how much more user-friendly it would be for Admins…I find it much more difficult and labor intensive to write and publish a post. I hate scrolling!

    p.s. Ever thought about enabling the commentluv plugin?

  50. Disturbed left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 8:13 am |

    I upgraded pretty much straight away. At first I was loving it. But I am finding that when I am writing a post and doing a preview, it is saving the same post over and over again in my “Drafts” folder.
    I open each one up and they all look the same, so I delete the draft ones and it ends up deleting the post from the site.
    Very frustrating.
    Apart from that, I am pretty happy. Especially happy with the automatic upgrades of plugins. That is sweeeeeeeeeeeeet!

  51. Joshua left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 7:15 am |

    I do a lot of photoblogging and found post pictures took many more clicks. And yeah, the new categories suck.

  52. Jo left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 7:01 am |

    I like more of the upgrades than the dislikes, so didn’t vote in your poll. But I agree with you on your points, except the tags. It is better for me and the ability to edit typos and delete zero used ones.

    I do wish they’d put the stuff back on the right side like they had before too.

  53. iRonnie left a comment on April 14, 2008 at 6:56 am |

    a little disappointed here too. too much scrolling just to publish a new post.

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