Well, I took the plunge and upgraded to WordPress 2.5.
I’m actually quite surprised – I didn’t look at any of the release candidates, so the new style (for the admin interface) is totally new to me. I have to say I’m quite taken with it (although I did switch back to the “classic” color scheme).
And I have to say I LOVE the new media browser controls – much better for handling pictures, music, and videos embedded in a blog (as I so often do).
Although my configuration seems to be limited somehow – I get errors when uploading image files during the “Crunching” process. I’m not sure what it is; it may be a PHP memory limit on my server. If anyone’s run into this and diagnosed it successfully before, please drop a note in the comments – I’d appreciate it.
In the meantime, I’ve got work to do – upgrading the themes here and over at the Bun’s blog to allow the use of the now-built-in Gravatars. Fun!
So I’ve been experimenting with WordPress’s new built-in “tags” feature. It’s pretty neat, but it’s not 100% awesome.
For one thing, I’ve got nearly 1,000 posts on this blog so far. Going back and trying to add tags to existing posts is a PAIN IN THE ASS.
Secondly, I find that often the tags I would associate with a post are just the names of the categories I’ll be posting in – so what’s the point? And when you get down to it, tags are basically just categories on crack.
Thirdly, it can be hard to think up tags. I’m not good at it. I have put a lot of tags in back-articles; I’m sure I could have chosen better tags for lots of things. And I’m sure I’ll continue to choose bad tags that only confuse people. Le sigh.
Finally, and this isn’t really a jab at the tagging system itself, but the tag widget I use will completely crap itself if you set the minimum and maximum font sizes to be exactly the same. I thought I would set them to be the same so all the tag links were the same size (I’m not sure I like the different sized items in the “tag cloud” idea), but when I did, I got all sorts of “division by zero” errors on the page and I had to switch it back. Not a big deal, really, but still.
So, I will continue to experiment with tags as time goes by. I’ll let you know how it goes.