WordPress 2.0 Final is released

Screenshot of WordPress 2.0 website
The new WordPress website design.

The wait is over: WordPress 2.0 has finally been released. While externally it doesn’t look as though anything has changed an awful lot has been changed behind the scenes. Asymptomatic has blogged about What’s New in WordPress 2.0, and it makes for some impressive reading.

Not content with simply tampering with the WordPress application code, they’ve also gone and redesigned the website, with a new logo and everything:

WordPress logo
The new WordPress logo.

I’m not entirely sure I like the new site design — the previous one was simple and elegant — but I’m sure it will grow on me. There are few bits still broken on the new site, a few places where the sidebar simply says “sidebar” with nothing else in it, and the sign-up for WordPress announcements deposits you at an error page. These problems, I’m sure will be ironed out soon.

One thing I would like to see, for usability sakes, is a clear indication on the downloads page which version is being offered. I know that it says at the top: “Download WordPress 2” but I missed that the first two or three times I visited the page. I was looking for something that said “Current version: 2.0”. Please, folks: don’t make me think, just spell it out for me.

Thankfully WordPress Codex, the online documentation website, appears to have been updated too to cover the new features in WP2.0. I will have some more reading to do particularly on the new Roles and Capabilities which have replaced the User Levels of WP1.2 and WP1.5.

I’ll also have to check out the Plugin Compatibility for my plugins of choice, before I upgrade fully. Much to do …

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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