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Sunday, December 18th, 2005, 7:38 am

WordPress 2.0 Testing

WordPress 2.0 nightly
The WordPress dashboard in its ’2.0 gown’

FOR the past few weeks I have been working with the existing revision of WordPress 2.0 (RC2, soon Beta). It is currently on ‘feature freeze’, so it’s primarily a matter of cleaning up all imperfections and minor bugs. The nightly build of WordPress appears to be in a solid state and can definitely be described as “impressive”. My intention is to move this modified WordPress 1.2 blog (as well as another) into a newer and more robust section. There are various limitations to WordPress 1.2, the main one being its adaptability to scale and accommodation for functionality.

I have not made the new installation public yet, but the idea I have in mind is migrating the feeds to the new platform. I will be leaving the old 1.2 installation as-is to serve as a collection of legacy pages. The new installation will not contain older posts as to avoid duplicates. It can be perceived as a successor in a sense.

So what else should you know about WordPress 2.0? [Read on for details]

WordPress 2.0 (originally intended to have become 1.6 after the highly-popular version 1.5) will have many exciting features and, as it stands at the moment, the administration panel will not be white-greyscale. Instead, it will include shades of blue. I recently identified a conflict between Firefox AdBlock and TinyMCE, which is the new WYSIWYG component in WordPress 2.0. More of the possible pitfalls were foreseen and discussed previously in the context of abstraction dangers.

To anyone interested in testing WordPress 2.0, nightly builds are available for download. To those just wishing to take a peek at WordPress 2.0 composition look-and-feel, there is a temporary, semi-broken and out-of-date test page. This can shows quite geneally what the new administration panel looks like, but I was using it for remote screenshots to be taken by a variety of browsers. There is also the API key placeholder on wordpress.com.

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