Usually it is best to wait a few weeks after a major software upgrade, to enjoy relative stability while your friends on the bleeding edge tear their hair out over bugs and gitches. WordPress 2.5 is no exception. After a couple trials, I can say:
- Post Slugs Are Gone. (Note: this has been updated after Claudius posted a great comment, below). Those wonderful SEO assisters have been
mangledrenamed in 2.5. They are still there, but hidden… until after you title a post, and move on to another field, when they slowly reappear (ajax fade in) as a small-print permalink between the title field and the content box. Not obvious, and it doesn’t appear unless you have already conifigured WordPress to use a custom permalink structure. This will take a little getting used to, but at least the editable permalink idea is strengthened.
- AJAXy Enough to Make You Cry: Can you say heavy? Can you say toad-slow interface? Okay so I still like Firefox 1.5, but seriously, is it necessary to have so much javascipt on every page load? I love the way they say the new editor won’t mess up your code… and it does. So I truned it off.. like always. But now I am having trouble tolerating the little hesitations that happen CONSTANTLY now as AJAX phones home. WP used to slow down when I clicked… now it slows down as I type. Yuck.
- Editors Get All The Credit? Edit a post some author wrote and viola.. you are now the author! Sweet!
- Prepare to Scroll Like You’ve Never Scrolled Before: It’s is definietly more work to use WordPress 2.5. More clicks, more scrolling, more moing the mouse around the screen. Not sure why. I think it’s got something to do with getting better, but I’m not sure I understand that part yet.
- Start Building Those Backlinks All Over Again: (Updated: Since the editable permalinks are there this is no longer the problem that is appeared to be, as long as you have customized your permalink settings and you pay attention to the small print beneath the title edit box). If you think that first comment about post slugs was subtle, think about what it will mean to migrate a blog to this new version and not be in control of the URLs. You will go insane trying to align your existing inlinks with the new URLs. Don’t even look for dupes.. you won’t find peace there, either. But thats ok, you can simply choose to WAIT and not migrate the old blog, until WP 2.5 is fixed, right? Well, some people who didn’t use page slugs upgraded, and guess what? If you had used at least one known permalink structure, you’re hosed. Those page URLs are gone… and according to a poster on the WP forum, you’ll simply have to choose a new permalink structure (and throw away your existing backlinks)..mmmmkay?
Oh, one more thing. Wait. The only big disaster I can see possibly coming is if the WordPress exploit going around only gets fixed in 2.5, forcing everyone to upgrade to 2.5 or remain vulnerable. Please, please, please don’t let that happen.