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
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.