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WordPress 2.5 RC1 is now available for Download

Well! in case you haven’t heard about it already, Matt published a post 10 hours ago on the WordPress Blog giving a sneak peek into the new WordPress version and highlighting some of the new WordPress 2.5 features.

The new WordPress comes packed with a lot of new features and introduces a very odd-colored admin theme (Orange with Light blue). It is similar to the admin theme we saw on the WordPress Demo Site which I highly disliked and so did most of the WordPress fans.

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For the users who think that the new admin theme is very much disappointing, they should take a look at the new features that WordPress 2.5 has to offer. The new Dashboard is focused on the most relevant tasks at hand: a quick summary of what’s published and scheduled for publication, the latest comments and incoming links, blog stats, and WordPress updates and news. You can even add your own RSS feeds now, Wow!

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The WordPress navigation has been cut down to provide only the relevant options and task management options. The new Write page is the one that brings the most new features. Now there is a full-screen mode to ignore distractions while writing, live permalink view, Add media buttons and lots more.

One interesting feature is that you can not only share your own custom admin themes now but you can also switch back to the “classic” admin theme through the options thus getting rid of the terrible orange-blue.

Download the WordPress 2.5 RC1 to try some of the new features and provide feedback. The final release is no more then a few days away.

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  • Sumesh March 19, 2008, 5:23 pm

    Fluency admin theme is an excellent alternative for WP2.5. I already installed both of them in a local XAMPP setup. Looks great.

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