WordPress 2.5: First Impressions

download.pngLast night I upgraded ishootshows.com to WordPress 2.5, which was officially released March 30, 2008. For the uninitiated, WordPress is a content management system and blogging platform that powers your favorite site for concert photography.

This latest release boasts a host of new features, including a new, lean GUI that streamlines a lot of common tasks. Here's a quick breakdown of my first impressions.

ishootshows.com upgraded to WP 2.5

Dashboard

I love the improved functionality and the ability to customize with widgets. In particular, Automattic's Stats plugin gets a new lease on life for me.

Overall Design

One has the option to choose the color scheme of the admin interface in WP 2.5, and “Fresh” is entirely appropriate. I'm digging the softer blues, while the rusty orange is a nice accent for creating hierarchy.

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Interface

I can appreciate a lot of the interface changes to WP 2.5, which strips down the experience to concentrate on the core tasks.

The downside to some of this is that it now takes an additional click more to access some info that was previous grouped with more central features.

One example of this is that draft posts are now accessed from the Manage tab, instead of being accessible from the default Write screen.

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Writing: General

Right from the Dashboard, the Raison d'etre for WP, blogging, is pulled the forefront, and users are immediately given the option to write a new post or page. Despite the above gripe about the separation of drafts, this accessibility is great.

Writing: Media Integration

The ability to easily drop in video and audio via the “Add Media” icons is a great addition with WP 2.5. Now that embedding YouTube just got easier, I'm definitely going to take advantage of this feature.

End Notes

I dig it. While there's no real outward affect on one's blog, WordPress 2.5 does deliver some genuinely interesting backend features that have the potential for more effective content creation and management.

I'm looking forward to seeing what future WP versions bring, and especially what new Dashboard widgets will be rolled out over the next few weeks and months.

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D750:
I use two Nikon D750 for my live music photography. Amazing high ISO performance in a compact body with tons of pro features.
nikon-24-70mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 24-70mm f/2.8:
For most gigs, the 24-70mm is my go-to lens. Exceptional image quality at wide apertures and super-functional range.
Nikon-70-200-squareNikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.
nikon-14-24mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.
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