WordPress 2.7 First Impressions

The good folks at WordPress released version 2.7 last month and its a big one, on first impressions, with a new look dashboard and more. I’ve been using WordPress for ages and its always my blog tool of choice so I was excited as a user to get the upgrade (thanks to Christine at BlueLime Media!).

From the new dashboard, you can reply to comments and delete them which saves a lot of time and you can also create a quick post with “Quickpress” or see recent posts.

When posting, I notice that the layout is more like older versions. I like the fact that you don’t have to scroll down to add categories and tags. The posting capabilities seem basically the same although I do like the fact that media and links files are more accessable.

I haven’t posted a podcast yet but Blubrry supports the latest WordPress version so we should be okay. We’ll see about that later in the week when we post the latest Out-Smarts podcast.

According to the PollDaddy vote on their blog, the automatic upgrade is by far the most popular feature of the upgrade followed by the new design and the revised dashboard.

The most striking first impression for me was the new dashboard which, on first glance, looked really different. On closer inspection though I found everything there that I would expect and more.

I love tools that are easy to use for the non tech community and WordPress always falls in that category. It would appear I am not the only one – the new version has been downloaded over 600,000 times and they are already soliciting feedback on what should be in V2.8. Way to go WordPress!

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