WordPress 2.5 Available for Download

The boys at WordPress has finally lifted the curtains on the newest version of the world’s best blogging software. You can find more information about it at the WordPress blog.

WordPress 2.5, the culmination of six months of work by the WordPress community, people just like you. The improvements in 2.5 are numerous, and almost entirely a result of your feedback: multi-file uploading, one-click plugin upgrades, built-in galleries, customizable dashboard, salted passwords and cookie encryption, media library, a WYSIWYG that doesn’t mess with your code, concurrent post editing protection, full-screen writing, and search that covers posts and pages.

This is a major update. The list of changes are a mile long. Download the latest version of WordPress here. I think I’ll start by upgrading some of my other blogs and see how those go before upgrading this one. If you’ve upgraded, let me how it went and if you’ve found any bugs.

*Update – I have just updated John Chow dot Com to the latest WordPress. The update went smooth as butter with absolutely no problems what so ever. The new interface is really nice. I recommend everyone upgrade.

72 thoughts on “WordPress 2.5 Available for Download”

    1. John Chow says:

      But were you the first to download? 😈

      1. Honest Ed says:

        I updated it on several of my blogs (still anxious to do it to the main one).

        I usually avoid upgrading because I’ve heavily updated my theme to be SEO’d.

        No worries though, 2.5 updates are mostly admin dashboard related and don’t seem to affect the blog the theme that much.

        1. Terry Tay says:

          So no problems to report on the ones you upgraded on?

          The new features sound pretty good though. What I like about WordPress is the upgrade is so easy to do.

        2. This should mean that no problems with most SEO related plugins as well, right? I tested the beta and it was cool but some plugins were not working, I will give it a test fresh install with the current plugins I use to check it out.

          John, shall we expect a gallery now? πŸ˜›

      2. Greg Stratz says:

        lol alas no I was not. The news is a little slow in reaching me here in East Van….

        Go Cancuks Go

  1. John: Speaking of other “blogs”, how does the secret anonymous blog going on? any updates for us?

    1. Sava says:

      what secret anonymous blog ? 😯 What don’t I know πŸ˜† ? πŸ˜€

      1. Last summer, John wanted to test his own theories about blogging by starting a new blog without revealing he was the blogger behind it.

        It’s been a while and I wanted to know more about his progress and if he made money.He had a budget of $100 to start it and to grow it.

        1. Mr. Rajawang says:

          I tought it was johncow.com, is it? πŸ‘Ώ

        2. No, it’s not johncow.com. He appeared a few months months before that. πŸ˜‰

          Hmmm! It could be me as I have my own FREE ebook πŸ˜‰
          Watch Free Movies Legally(and make money too)

          P.S. Don’t worry TrustURL is my new site(member only) and I use it to track downloads from johnchow. πŸ˜€

        3. Syed Balkhi says:

          O Sweet I didn’t know about that … John needs to update everyone on stuff like that.

      2. I guess John’s secret new blog is still a secret.

        1. John Esberg says:

          John, go ahead and let us know how its going. We promise we won’t tell anyone. πŸ˜‰ :mrgreen: πŸ˜‰

  2. Jeremy says:

    Lol, I just switch to WordPress from Blogger YESTERDAY and I already have a new version to worry about. Oh well, from what I’ve heard so far, this new version will be great.

    1. Caleb says:

      Lol here too…..I’m in the same boat except I switched about a week ago!

  3. I would have been first…it crashed and went to techzone something page …anyway….I still use the white version for my blogs ( white admin login), They bring new ones all the time. Old version still works perfectly for me, so maybe I’ll install new one some day….

  4. Pedro Nagi says:

    ParabΓ©ns pelo seu blog cara…
    Aqui no Brasil ele tambΓ©m Γ© muito visitado por todos que querem aprender como ganhar dinheiro com Blogs…
    Um grande abraço a todos de sua Equipe!
    Pedro Nagi / RJ / Brazil

  5. Be interesting to see … Going to wait a while first to see if there are any bugs that need to be worked out.

  6. I think I will wait also until we get some feedback. I am particularly concerned about my existing plug-ins working properly.

  7. I’ll update it tonight… give me something to do on this snowy/rainy Saturday night. 😎

    1. Terry Tay says:

      That’s why John Chow has Hockey Night in Canada double headers to watch on Saturday nights. πŸ˜†
      Isn’t that right John?

  8. Keith Lock says:

    Updated on a couple blogs so far and works like a charm…nothing broke as far as I can tell…

  9. I am updating mine ASAP – I’ll post any bugs if I find them!

    Good luck updating this weekend everyone!


  10. Sava says:

    Stumbled earlier through a post about this update. That blogger wasn’t really pleased about all the modifications in the admin panel.
    I prefer wordpress v2.0 and I think I will leave my wordpress blogs as they are. No updates for me.

  11. I already upgraded and I love it!

    I was coming from WP 2.2.

  12. Dave says:

    I’ve updated, no problems so far.

  13. Rob says:

    I think I currently use wordpress 2.3. Is it really worth it to update?

    1. Mayank Rocks says:

      Yes. Worth it! Definitely!

      1. Robert says:

        Without a doubt.

  14. vutha says:

    I seemly not to go pace with new version, I just upgrade version 2.3.3 . it can be said that i am so late to upgrade new version.

  15. BuzzBop.com says:

    I’ve updated to RC2 and have had no problems. The new interface is SWEET! The folks at WP have done a fine job with this one.

    1. Robert says:

      I know. I never thought the old interface was any good. It felt like it was so outdated, even from the beginning.

  16. Mayank Rocks says:

    I am soon going to upgrade my blog.

  17. Ray says:

    I like the update, but had one problem with the Automatic plugin upgrader. I’m using the WordPress Automatic Updater, which updated wp 2.3.3 to 2.5 okay. The problem, as I found out was that the WP auto updater plugin has a new version to go with wp 2.5 and you need it to use the plugin updater with the other plugins.

    Once I got the new version installed the rest went well.

  18. king kong says:

    SAY, hows does the update, change my day to day blogging?!

    1. Robert says:

      It revolutionizes it.

  19. Update complete. Amazing!

  20. mrjlhs says:

    Great to hear, nice WP updates

  21. Alex says:

    I updated my blog in 10 minutes and didn’t run into a single problem. Definitely worth it. 😎

  22. Robert says:

    I can’t wait to try this out. There are so many updates.

  23. Simon Lau says:

    I just updated to WP2.5, what a difference! The new interface is great, pretty speedy. Definitely worth doing if you haven’t already, it takes about 10 minutes or so depending on your internet connection to back stuff up.

  24. Collin LaHay says:

    Bugs – no.
    Awesome – yes.

  25. alam says:

    Just upgrade using wpau, smooth and support all installed plugin :mrgreen:

  26. Andy T says:

    It sound really great of this major upgrade version.
    Did anyone had some on hand experience about the WP 2.5? Any bugs? Will old WP theme supported? Can old WP theme take full advantage of this new WP 2.5? Or we have to wait for new themes?

  27. Joe says:

    I updated my blogs today to 2.5 without any problems. Although the update was easy enough, it is not quite the automatic operation I’m used to with most of the software I use. Having to delete directories and copy a bunch of files via FTP is a bit 80s for me. I guess if you like mucking with command line operations and such this sort of update is delightful.

    I also don’t see what the big deal is with the changes made to the interface. As far as writing pages and posts I personally find Windows Live Writer a much more user friendly tool.


    1. Simon Lau says:

      The automatic plug-in update is pretty nice, I didn’t see that feature before

    2. Ray says:

      Where are you getting the FTP stuff? I didn’t have to do any FTP, I used the WordPress Automatic Updater Plugin which took all of 5 minutes. I then updated the updater plugin and was able to update all my plugins that had new versions. Total of 10 minutes, no FTP, no hassle.

      1. Joe says:


        Thanks for pointing out the WP Automatic Updater Plugin! I’ve only been using WP for about a month now, so I missed that one. I basically just followed the 3 Step Upgrade instructions on the WP web site. That’s where it tells you to use FTP.



    3. Same here.. im getting header already sent errors if I try to install it πŸ™

  28. Tibi Puiu says:

    Upgrading now, myself !:D

  29. Syed Balkhi says:

    I have been beta testing wp2.5 … have to say it is pretty cool.

  30. Hannah says:

    I waited for a few comments here before deciding, and since people seem to really like the upgrade I think I’ll be going for it too!

  31. Jolin says:

    My blog is 2.5 now and it is operating well. 😎
    Need more time to experience it. πŸ˜†

  32. Dekon says:

    All I have is that 2.5 is the way to go. Much Kudos to WordPress . We are pushing 2.5 and Im definatley gonna review on it soon enough @ our blog. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜† ❗

  33. Chetan says:

    Already heard many positive reviews about it, and it looks to be better than the previous version.
    Lets download and try it out.

  34. I just saw this announcement over at Shoemoney. I guess I’m going to have to upgrade as well.

    1. Same thing here, but im having problems installing it.

  35. Caleb says:

    I just switched to WP and am still learning it…I don’t want to mess anything up trying to upgrade…will this throw off any of the widgets I already have?

  36. Chanya says:

    Question: Is anyone still upgrading the manual way, using WordPress.org’s instructions? If so, do you have a heavily customized template? I’m reluctant to use the automatic upgrade plugin because I’m afraid it might mess up my site.

    1. ElectroGeek says:

      I’m not aware that you can upgrade the main WordPress install automatically. Only plugins can be automatically updated. I used this feature on my test server with 2.5 and it worked fine.

  37. John Esberg says:

    John, thanks for letting us know. Looks like I get to update AND load up a bunch of pics of my favorite person in the whole world.

  38. Been running it for 2 days now. I updated all my blogs … it’s great!
    And the media features are really worth it!


  39. It is certainly different and is going to take some getting used to

  40. ElectroGeek says:

    I updated on my test server with WordPress 2.5 and realized that the widgets layout is very clunky. Also I had to switch to a different plugin to run PHP in the widgets and posts. Other than that it ran o.k. I think I will update the live blog today. I hope the performance improves with this version because previously the posting process has been slow. :mrgreen:

  41. Not A Niche says:

    Hey John,

    There is a plugin which automatically does the work for you. It’s a great time saver and it works great. Check out the shortcut for upgrading to WordPress 2.5

    Use it and you are upgraded in no time.

  42. Andy T says:

    It doesn’t sound as easy to upgrade to WP 2.5! I believe that I will wait and see for a while before I actually put in on life.

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