WordPress 2.0 upgrade successful!

Whew….  The upgrade was completed with a minimum of trouble.  I had to tweak the wp-grins plugin so my cute custom smileys would show up again, but otherwise things went without a hitch.  My existing theme for WordPress 1.5 didn’t even need to be altered.

I’m not sure if I like 2.0 yet.  There are a lot of cosmetic layout changes in the backend that make things prettier but not necessarily more convenient, at least not for me.  They’ve added a WYSIWYG editor for creating posts, replacing the old “I sure hope you know some basic HTML” interface, and an improved preview pane.  Post options are now being hidden in a set of collapsible menus on the right side of the screen.

I kind of miss the low-rent interface of versions 1.2 and 1.5.

No doubt I’ll get over this in a week or so, just like I got over my discomfort when I upgraded from Windows 3.11 for Workgroups to Win 95, and then again when I upgraded to Win 98 and Win XP, respectively.

While we are on the topic of WordPress, I’m going to do a shameless plug for this great blog script.

If you have your own webhosting with MySQL database access, you can download and install WordPress yourself for free. If you don’t have your own hosting plan, you can open a free account at WordPress.com and be up and running with your own WP blog in less than 2 minutes. You can even import all of your Blogger/Blogspot posts into your shiny new WordPress.com blog to save time.

To give your blog clickable smiley capabilities, visit Alex King’s WordPress resource page and grab the WP-Grins plug-in.  He also has a nice collection of WP 1.5/2.0 themes to make your blog pretty.

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