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WordPress 2.5’s release has been delayed twice and it is now supposed to be released on March 17, 2008 which is today. To give you all a glimpse of the new features included in this version, here is my little report. The new release of WordPress will have the following upgrades.

An Overhauled Administration Interface

– The administration section will now have a different color scheme of light blue, gray and orange colors. I am sure this will bring some relief to the people who are bored of the old colors but can also turn off some loyal users. There will be two default color schemes from which the user can choose and apply their favorite one.

Admin Color Scheme - WordPress 2.5

Here is an article on how to create your own admin color scheme for WordPress.

– The “Presentation” section has been renamed to “Design” and all your widgets, themes will be listed under this category from now on.

Presentation option changed to design

– The search functionality has been given extra power by allowing the users to search through the posts, pages and comments based on status, months and categories.

– A password strength meter has been included when setting up a password for a new user. This evaluates the complexity of your new password and warns you if it’s too short or simple.

Password Strength Feature WordPress

– An additional option has been integrated into the dashboard called “Right Now” which gives you the option to write a post/page instantly and also shows the number of posts/pages/users and comments.

Right Now Dashboard

Widget-Based Dashboard

The Dashboard was one of the most boring pages of the admin section of any WordPress installation. It has been given a new kind of widget support where you can add/remove widgets just like the standard widget system that used to exist in the presentation section. This should allow the developers to code some interesting plugins for the Dashboard.

Wordpress 2.5 dashboard

Automatic Plugin Updater

How many times have you checked the installed plugins list and found one or the other plugins requiring to be updated. To save you from the trouble, the new release comes with this functionality which allows WordPress to automatically update the plugins from the Author’s website.

Auto Plugin Update WordPress

New & Improved File Uploading System

Managing your uploaded files was not so easy before this new release. Now you can just go to a central place to manage all your uploaded media files. The media library will also allow you to upload more than one file at a single go. This will save time and effort on the part of any WordPress user. Also, when you upload your images, a new option called “medium” has been added to the existing “Thumbnail” and “Full size” images.

New Media Uploading System

Tag Management Made Easy

Now, you will be able to manage all your tags from the admin interface which will be similar to managing categories.

Manage Tags WordPress

Avatars are Official Now

The Gravatar Plugin is now incorporated into WordPress. Weblog Tools Collection wrote up the information on the new get_avatar() function to help WordPress Theme developers update their Themes and those who want to write Plugins based on the new avatar function.

Full Text Feeds

Listening to the popular demand, WordPress feeds now include all the content present after the β€œmore” tag when full text feeds are selected.

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  3. safemeds left a comment on August 16, 2011 at 10:46 am |

    I don’t know to pick wordpress or Drupal. Drupal is more popular between developers but you can expect that wordpress is easier to work and it has some nice features.

  4. jerry left a comment on April 18, 2008 at 6:00 am |

    nice info and thx

  5. Exploring The Internet left a comment on April 11, 2008 at 7:56 pm |

    I Just upgraded to WordPress 2.5. Referring your post for the new features you posted here. Check it out here:


  6. M&A left a comment on April 4, 2008 at 9:16 am |

    I agree!

  7. KevinChang left a comment on March 23, 2008 at 11:59 pm |

    I quote your article, if you do not agree to please inform me.


  8. Tinh left a comment on March 19, 2008 at 10:04 pm |

    Great but it is now available yet even it is 20 March already

  9. Jonathan left a comment on March 18, 2008 at 8:26 pm |

    Wow. Very nice. Can’t wait to upgrade. Thanks for the teaser. πŸ™‚

  10. dinsan left a comment on March 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm |

    Thanks πŸ™‚ that was a good one .. simple but informative

  11. My-Hou left a comment on March 17, 2008 at 9:23 am |

    Waits for 2.51 ?

  12. Booto left a comment on March 17, 2008 at 9:23 am |

    hope more function in the future

  13. WordPress Modder left a comment on March 17, 2008 at 9:13 am |

    Great post, thanks for the “inside” look.

  14. gmurali.com left a comment on March 17, 2008 at 9:05 am |

    WOW…nice…looking forward to use it.

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