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Monthly Archives: December 2008
Well, I’ve gotten my hands on WordPress 2.7. I’ve installed it (it was quick and painless, but that’s to be expected from WordPress), and dug around through the new UI. The new admin UI is kind of cluttered, with unnecessary icons strewn about. Although compared to the older 2.5 UI, it looks much more polished. The new navbar is an improvement in usability, with sub-sections visible without having to reload the page. While white and gray might not seem like a very exciting color scheme, the folks at WordPress managed to pull it off quite nicely, with some elegant blue and orange touches here and there. CSS3 is used, but not overused. The basic buttons have become more rounded, and look like less shiny versions of the basic Mac OS X buttons. The dashboard panels can be rearranged simply by dragging, which is a nice touch. The navbar can also be collapsed to save screen area, with only the icons visible. Typography is used in an elegant fashion, with both sans-serif and serif fonts. The “new post” button is now conveniently located on the top, and appears on all pages. The WYSIWYG writer has been cleaned up some, and the HTML view has been polished some more. The panels in the writer can also be rearranged. Screenshots are below:
On overall, the new UI is more polished, improved in terms of usability, and prettier. While it isn’t as simplistic as I’d like it to be, I think that it will appeal to most WordPress users. Now if only they’d update WordPress’ default theme.
Even though I don’t use WordPress anymore, I still recommend it to anybody interested in blogging.
WordPress 2.7 has finally been released! Even though I’m not a WordPress user anymore, it’s still interesting to see what they’ve whipped up this time. I’ve installed 2.7 on another directory and will be posting a review shortly, after I get to pick around the new admin UI. From what I’ve seen so far, my initial reactions are not very positive…
Today I received a very saddening e-mail. It was from Pownce, which
is was a really nice Twitter alternative, with a nicer UI and better uptimes. Turns out Pownce is being shut down after being bought over by SixApart (the makers of Movable Type). Pownce, you were a great friend, and will be missed.
On a brighter note, since it’s officially December, I can start decorating for Christmas. Expect some small decorations on this blog sometime this week.