WordPress 2.5 RC1 Released

March 18th, 2008
Blogging News, WordPress

WordPress Development Blog: 2.5 Sneak Peek  I love the staccato description Matt uses to start the post: A customizable dashboard, multi-file upload, built-in galleries, one-click plugin upgrades, tag management, built-in Gravatars, full text feeds, and faster load times sound interesting? The first Release Candidate for WordPress 2.5 is out for those that have been waiting patiently to try out the new features. Matt details out the updates and the new features of 2.5 on the development blog and the good news is spreading in the WordPress circles.

In addition to many underlying changes and updates to the code, the administration back end of WordPress gets a major rework in this version. The release candidate is not for everyone and can be downloaded for testing and bug searching.

If you make frequent backups and you’re interested in helping us out with development by testing the new code, download and install Release Candidate 1 of WordPress 2.5, and join our testers mailing list to report any bugs you find in the code.

We’re also interested in feedback on the new interface and would love to hear your opinions, thoughts, rants, raves, and anything in between. We created a special email address just for the occasion:




  1. Tadd (89 comments.) says:

    I know there is a list of what plugs work with 2.5 (which I can’t find the link .. curses) but are most of these issues things that need to be fixed on the plugin author side or are these going to be issues with 2.5?

    Reason I ask is because if I do use 2.5 in the future I don’t want to drop 90% of my plugs that I use on a regular basis due to incompatibility. If they work in 2.3.3 it would .. kinda .. make sense to work in 2.5 …

  2. KitsapWebDesign says:

    Outstanding news. Now onwards to plugin testing!

  3. Mattias (32 comments.) says:

    Sweet :D

  4. Angelfire (9 comments.) says:

    This Release is incredible, but I have troubles con .htaccess file :S

  5. TheTick (17 comments.) says:

    I have a test site running with 2.5 RC1 just to test my plugins…what I’ve tested so far is working.

  6. Darren (16 comments.) says:

    Most plugins will work okay with 2.5 as most of the changes affecting plugins are on the administration side (i.e. options pages etc.). Where people might run into problems is if the plugin uses any of the built in js libraries with the 2.3 branch of WordPress as WordPress 2.5 goes almost entirely jquery.

    There’s also some potential problems with the new automatic upgrade feature.

  7. zoel (4 comments.) says:

    wow, so close with mydreaming ;-), I will try it

  8. zoel (4 comments.) says:

    greats! “multi upload is cute!” ..this is new concept in new WP version, I love it!I was wating for long time and now…

  9. jez (56 comments.) says:

    not switching over with the main site this week, I think things are not yet totally ready to go live with plenty plugins and themes. however, great work and real cool changes coming up!

  10. UzBlogger (1 comments.) says:


    Is there any way that you can stream the posts through RSS only in english? It’s getting very very long post to scroll with 2-3 translations. Is it possible to separate them anyhow?


  11. Mark Ghosh (386 comments.) says:

    UzBlogger: Very good point and I apologize that I had not anticipated this outcome. The code has been removed and the feeds updated. There should only be one language in the feeds now.

  12. rayk (3 comments.) says:

    Wonder if final will come in a week or so. In the mean time I guess I can update my template to include gravatar function.

  13. shadaik (6 comments.) says:

    Nice, though the Gravatars probably have me deactivating Favatar, which kinda sucks. Other than that, some nice additions, a few useless ones (admin-theme) and some continued stuff (what are Incoming Links good for anyways? And why do they get top spot in the dashboard? Not that they work properly, anyways).
    So, yea, I will upgrade as soon as I know about plugin and theme compatibility.

  14. Jonathan Rothwell (2 comments.) says:

    I upgraded to WordPress 2.5, and it was quite easy. I can’t see any major bugs yet, but I’d like to provide an important tip: Maintenance Mode DOES NOT work. I didn’t disable it, and therefore I had to rename the directory in which the plugin lived to be able to access the front and back ends.

  15. gestroud says:

    Yep, I can confirm a slight problem with Maintenance Mode and upgrading. Works fine afterwards, though.

  16. ben says:

    Does this new release break existing themes? I hope that, unless it’s absolutely necessary, we won’t all have to update themes. If anyone knows, feel free to reply and let me know.

    Thank you!

  17. Neil (5 comments.) says:

    Since i installed wordpress 2.5 beta i have noticed a few bugs. I downgraded and then couldnt get into my site. Possibly 2.5 is hashing the password differently and putting it in a new location? If it wasnt for phpmyadmin i was in a sticky spot. Also, i hate the way the “visit site” opens into a new window/tab. I also heard that wordpress 205 had a built in Gallry?…rumours?? As for the design, call me old fashioned but i like the way it was.

  18. Neil (5 comments.) says:

    Wrote down about a few things i noticed in RC 1 install on my sub-domain…maybe its helpful for other wordpressers out there:)

  19. gestroud says:

    Anyone using more than one sidebar is going to find the new Sidebar/Widgets page frustrating. You can only work with one sidebar at a time.

    To move widgets from one sidebar to another, first you have to remove the widget from one sidebar, save the page, display the page for the sidebar you want to move to, add the widget and then save the page. It’s a lot of extra work. I feel sorry for those of us using three or more sidebars. :-(


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