This evening I upgraded my blog to WordPress 2.5, the latest version of the famous blogging software.  It’s pretty neat, has a nice revamped interface, and introduces a few nice changes along the way.  They’re not differences you’ll notice as a reader though, which is partly why I loaded up a new theme, so you’d have something different to look at!  The theme isn’t mine, incidentally, I couldn’t be bothered to spend all that time developing it and wanted something quickly, so used someone else’s.

On the whole, WordPress 2.5 works well.  Apart from one issue that remains unsolved.  When editing posts (like this one) there should be a little icon that lets me add images; that icon, sadly, does not appear.  A quick search of the WP support forums show that actually a lot of people are experiencing the same problem, and no one seems to have produced a definitive solution yet.  For the moment I think the best bet will just be to wait eagerly for WP 2.5.1 and hope they fix the problem, and in the meantime live without images.  Not a huge problem, as I don’t often include images in my posts, but it would be nice to have the option!

I’ve also just discovered that the link button doesn’t work in Safari.  Fortunately I can edit the HTML and insert it manually, but it’s a bit of a pain.  Ah well, no one said technology was flawless…

I’m also looking for ways to customise this theme to make it a little more personalised.  Any suggestions?

Categories: Internet


Matthew · 10 April 2008 at 3:38 pm

The ongoing saga of getting WordPress 2.5 to work in my browsers is getting frustrating now. I’ve discovered that the problems I’ve been having with the media buttons and link button are partly down to the browsers I use – WP 2.5 doesn’t appear to fully support Safari or Camino, which are my primary browsers. I do have Firefox, and it works fine there, but Firefox is slow and bloated and I rarely have need for it any more. It seems silly to load up Firefox just to blog, when I have two very capable browsers loaded up already. Grrr. I’m watching the WordPress forums like a hawk at the moment, and hopefully someone will come up with a solution. In the meantime, expect a significant absence of links and images in my posts. 🙁

Phill · 14 April 2008 at 10:33 pm

You use the rich text editor to blog? I just usually use the straight HTML editor… no problems for me there!

I hear that Firefox 3 is a heck of a lot faster than Firefox 2, I haven’t tried it myself yet though.

Matthew · 15 April 2008 at 9:51 am

True, I could use the HTML editor, I am a web designer after all! But I just find it eases my creativity if I don’t have to think about that stuff. I suppose I could write my posts offline and then just copy and paste them onto WordPress later, but that seems to defeat the point of having blog software.

A slightly more positive note is that the media buttons do appear in Opera, but that seems to be developing its own bugs whereby the first line of a paragraph doesn’t wrap. Very odd. So at the moment the only browser that completely works for me is Firefox, which is frustrating because it’s so slow. I did download a beta of FF3, but was put off by the warnings that it was for “testing purposes only”, but I expect when they give us a proper Release Candidate I’ll download that and give it a try.

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