WordPress has just announced the official release of version 2.7¬† (codenamed Coltrane) of their blogging / content-management system. I’ve just upgraded both this site and the DataSwift one to the latest and greatest, with -so far- no issues at all!

The administration interface (known as the Dashboard) has been completely redesigned and is now a lot more customisable. It should also reduce the number of steps involved in carrying out everyday tasks.

Ok, so I was a little over-optimistic, but apparently Wordpress 2.7 is due within the next few days – they’re down to just 30 open bugs at the time of writing. Comments Off on Almost there…

Looks like Wordpress 2.7 be available before the end of the week – it’s apparently being launched on Wordpress.com tomorrow, so that presumably means the folks at Automattic have had good feedback on the recent RC1 release. One of our school clients is changing to self-hosting their website, and Wordpress 2.7 should be a good platform for them, so long as there aren’t any show-stopper bugs waiting to leap out upon general release… Comments Off on WordPress 2.7 due before the end of the week?

The developers of WordPress have just announced the (one month earlier than scheduled!) release of WordPress 2.6. There’s a fair few new features, with the major one being change-tracking – enabling you to view previous versions of pages and posts, and also compare the differences.

There’s been various other improvements too, including a real-time word-count, image captions and more.

As I’ve come to expect these days, the upgrade from 2.5 went very smoothly.

As you might have noticed the site’s now sporting a new theme. It’s not quite complete yet, but the main design is pretty much sorted. I’m calling it ‘The Wight One’, for fairly self-explanatory reasons. A number of the tweaks and features are inspired by Matt Mullenweg’s new site but I’m not anywhere near as stylish as Nicol√≤ Volpato (the designer of his new theme).

I’ve also taken the opportunity to upgrade to the latest version of WordPress, 2.5.1 which apparently fixes a number of minor issues, and a couple of security vulnerabilities from the original 2.5 release.

Things I’ve yet to include in the design:

  1. Photo gallery handling (I’ve got a design roughed out in HTML, but it’s not been converted to WordPress templates yet)
  2. Comment styles
  3. An alternative theme for mobile devices (which will be handy for my Nokia N95)
  4. Probably a bunch of other stuff, but I’ll discover that later

The header image is a view of the cliffs toward the Needles on the Isle of Wight, and is from ThisParticularGreg‘s Flickr collection. The image at the foot of the theme is a view along Tennyson Down, and is from klbw‘s Flickr stream. Both are used under Creative Commons licences.

Typical, just when I’ve gone round various sites, checking that they’re all up-to-date with WordPress, they go and officially release version 2.5! I’ll hang back a while before upgrading though, since I’m intending to change my theme anyway, and also that used on the DataSwift website. Comments Off on WordPress 2.5

Hmm. I’ve also just noticed that since switching over to WordPress, this site no longer appears anywhere near the top of search results on Google for ‘Stephen Courtney’. That’s possibly because I’ve not got my name anywhere in it! Time to add some content methinks. Comments Off on Dropping in the ratings

Please excuse the state of this site, – I’m just getting Wordpress setup. Installing Wordpress itself is a piece of cake, but I’m having a fair bit of fun with the selection of plugins I’ll be using. Comments Off on Work In Progress