WordPress 2.5 sneakĀ peek

I’ve just been checking out the WordPress 2.5 Sneak Peek on the WordPress Development Blog.

I’ve just downloaded Release Candidate 1 and installed it on my localhost test environment and in the five minutes that I’ve been poking around I have to say that I really do like what they’ve done.

The back-end has been given quite a shake-up … and for the better in my opinion.

The most notable thing is that they’ve reduced the main navigation from 9 or 10 items (depending on whether you’re hosting your own installation or using the hosted WordPress.com version) to four:

  1. Write
  2. Manage
  3. Design

As a seasoned WordPress user it was fairly intuitive as to where they’d stashed the other options, but for new users it looks as this new redesign will make it much, much easier for folks to simply focus on writing content without these other options getting in the way.

Next step will be to check it out with my favourite plugins to see if I can start developing with this version.