Is WordPress 2.7 better?
I've only been using WordPress 2.7 for a bit since I'm building sites more than I'm blogging nowadays, but I have to say I love it. It looks much, much better, navigation is a bit unusual but overall easier, the whole structure is more logical than ever. However, as a coder working with WordPress on a day to day basis, I see a lot fo things that could've been improved.
My biggest criticism is that basically WordPress didn't get better underneath, they just changed the packaging. While the change is welcome, there are a lot of areas, especially media management which could use some work. Many time I get asked to build in some sort fo featured image capability, or a different post view in different circumstances. It would be awesome if you could select two different types of post views, one for the main page, and one for the archive page, adding featured images only shown in one place, perhaps as a background to the text. This can be done by editing templates, but not everyone knows how to do this, so flexibility in this area would've been better I thnk.
Media management has been improved a lot in the last bigger release, but is still miles away from something which could be used flexibly. Adding Flickr integration, easy few click gallery creation, gallery views and so on would be wonderful, this can really only be done by plugins at the moment.
Video management has always bugged me. Why can't videos be easily embedded, managed and even put in galleries, just like images? I don't like putting extra elements in my blog because they just seem such a pain to implement properly.
Overall I still love WordPress and it's by far the best publishing platform out there. The changes they implemented in 2.7 really do add to usability, looks and handling, but I think functionality is more in need of an overhaul than looks, especially since 2.5 was such a big design leap as well.Advertisement