Sneak Peak at WordPress 2.7 Dashboard

If you’re using an updated version of WordPress, you’ve been seeing what is known in the trade as a “beg” screen asking you to update to WordPress 2.6.3 for the past few weeks.  (If you’ve been ignoring the previous beg screens, you should have noticed the message changed recently.)

It’s really important to keep your WordPress installation current.  These beg screens help to remind self hosted WordPress blog users that part of using the world’s best CMS software is keeping your installation current.

A self hosted WordPress blog installation is the closest thing to web site marketing magic you get – and when you’ve got something that is that powerful AND easy – well, the “bad guys” on the internet will want a piece of that action.

Imagine if there was a possibility that you could gain back door access to some of the most highly trafficked sites on the internet.  Imagine that if you could find this golden ticket, you could gain access and inject high PR sites with code to link that site to websites of your choosing.   Wouldn’t you be constantly searching to find that hidden way in too?

The WordPress development team is faced with the challenge of matching wits with those “bad guys” every day.  They’re working tirelessly to make WordPress even better AND easier to use.

THANK YOU WordPress Development Team for all your hard work!

(I’m going to bitch and whine a bit later, so I wanted to preface that whine and bitch session with an expression of gratitude!)

If you’re one of my clients, don’t panic when the beg screen appears asking you to update WordPress to the 2.7 version.  I’ll be “testing” it thoroughly on my test blog before I update yours.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  WordPress 2.7 is not ready for production blogs yet!!! Wait until your “beg screen” tells you it’s time before you update.

I just installed the beta version on one of those test blogs.  Here’s the screenshot of the new and improved dashboard:

If you aren’t my client and aren’t familiar with my business model, I work with people who need tutorials to be able to use WordPress.  Because I’m a SUCKER for customer service, I prepare these tutorials in the format my CLIENTS desire (PDF) , not the format which is easiest for me to create (video).

I won’t leave my clients on 2.6 for any longer than necessary – and that means I need to get started creating a whole new suite of tutorials – created with “regular” people in mind

WARNING:  BITCHING AND WHINING LIKE A PRE-PUBESCENT GIRL STARTS NOW:

This change in the dashboard is effectively rendering the last Blog Post Tutorial I created EXTINCT!  WORTHLESS!!!

Just like the ones I created for all the versions that have come before!

I HATE IT!!!  I’ve got other things I need to do!

I know why they made the changes. The new dashboard IS more intuitive and is easier to use.  However, I enjoy the comfort of the familiar.

In the movie, V for Vendetta, V begins his address of the nation with:

Good evening, London. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption.

I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine- the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke.

Fortunately, the new WordPress isn’t promising you order and peace, nor is it demanding your silent, obedient consent.   However, ignoring this update will no doubt create chaos and confusion in your future.

With the update will come the usual minor and temporary chaos.  I’m sure that popular plugins will cease to function and some themes will stop working as a result of the update.   However, it’s SO WORTH IT when you consider how much you gain by using WordPress.

My sister owns a Mercedes.  NOTHING is cheap when it comes to the care of that car.  A simple lube oil and filter runs almost $200.  However, she has deemed the car essential to her business AND her professional image so she accepts the costs associated with owning  a Mercedes.   IMHO, the same applies to WordPress.

Comments

  1. says

    Gahhh! Kathy, once it is released for regular users, do you think some of the popular plug-ins will have been re-written, or would it be better to update a little bit later?

    Betsys last blog post..COMPASS

  2. Kathy says

    Betsy,

    Plug-ins are independent bits of code which you “plug in” to WordPress. Sometimes, the plug-in will be built to play nicely with the newest WordPress. Sometimes, the plug-in will get broken by the newest WordPress.

    In other words, my answer is a resounding, “Maybe!” 😉

    Here’s a link to the list of plug ins that are already deemed 2.7 ready:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/Plugin_Compatibility/2.7

    If yours appear on the list, you’re probably good to go on November 10th (the release date).

  3. says

    So if I go ahead and activate that Update, my whole blog won’t blow up?

    And Kathy, what do you call that little symbol, icon if you will, that appears to the left of the http in a browser, that little custom symbol that goes with its URL? I’d really like to find out so I can change mine to My Big Eye from what came with my theme.

    Pretty please, if you’re able to tell me? And thanks.

    Jannies last blog post..Globally Recognized Ass-Kicking

  4. Kathy says

    Jannie,
    Your blog is LESS likely to “blow up” if you update the software!
    (However, I make no promises EITHER way!)

    As for the little picture – Day 26 of the 8 week course – it’s called a Favicon.

    I love it when you ask me things I know! 😉

  5. says

    Hi Kathy – Where were you when I started blogging? It’s been trial and error (with an emphasis on error) for the last nineteen months. Like you, I now have a test blog site. I’ve learned the hard way and before I make any changes on my main blogs, I test it first. That was the best blogging investment I made (the test blog site).

    Barbara Swaffords last blog post..Blogs – Information You Won’t Find In A Text Book

  6. Kathy says

    Barbara,

    LOVE YOU!
    So many people who are “starting out” don’t realize that “big” bloggers (like you) and even not so big bloggers and internet marketers – often have SEVERAL websites.

    And yes, the BEST path to learning is the school of hard knocks! That’s how I’ve gained my “education” and I have the scars to prove it! 😉