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WordPress 2.5, the culmination of six months of work by the WordPress community, people just like you. The improvements in 2.5 are numerous, and almost entirely a result of user feedback: multi-file uploading, one-click plugin upgrades, built-in galleries, customizable dashboard, salted passwords and cookie encryption, media library, a WYSIWYG that doesn’t mess with your code, More…

For a short overview of the features with screenshots, it’d be best to visit their sneak peek announcement for RC1. Or check out a 4-minute screencast of the new interface in action. If you just want to jump straight to the good stuff here’s where you can find WordPress 2.5 upgrade and download information.

The WordPress community is very excited about this release as you can well imagine… thanks Matt, Jefferey and Jason for the outstanding work and all those who participated in the beta testing. ZZ News and Satire will be converting to the new platform as quickly as possible. — Admin

Addendum: <15 min. to upgrade using WP Automatic Upgrade Plugin v.1.0 !!
We have converted to WordPress 2.5 in less than 15 minutes using WordPress Automatic Upgrade (WPAU) v1.0 plugin by Keith Dsouza. This plugin does all the upgrade work for you all you do is click through each step of the upgrade process. It backs up posts, database, checks configuration, puts your site in maintenance mode, deactivates existing plugins, finds and loads latest WP upgrade files from the WP.org server, loads them, reactivates plugins and even keeps a full log for you. Outstanding!! If you have the old 0.8 plugin you must do the following first before using it to upgrade to WordPress v2.5:

  • Deactivate and/or upload the latest version of WPAU v.1.0 (see below)
  • Reactivate the WPAU plugin and follow instructions preferably using manual mode.

WordPress Version 2.5 is an exceptional release, especially the automatic plugin update feature. We had one plugin that needed updating and it worked like a champ without having to FTP upload any files manually to our server. The folks at WordPress deserve a standing ovation for this release !!

If you are interested in using WPAU v.1.0 to upgrading painlessly, OpenWeb Downloads has recently added Keith Dsouza’a wonderful WordPress Automatic Update v1.0 Plugin to their Downloads Freeware section under Misc. Freeware , if you are not a member simply register, it’s free. Make sure you use WPAU 1.0 plugin if you are converting from WordPress 1.5+ or higher to WordPress 2.5 as it has been patched by Keith Dsouza for compatability with WP2.5. Works like a champ !!

If, God forbid, your WP site is older than 1.5 this plugin will not work. You must be at least at 1.5 or higher according to Keith.

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