Welcome, visitor! [ Login | Sign Up ]

5 Reasons I’m Not Upgrading to WordPress 2.5

wordpress 2.5 cool logoFirst off, I want to clarify that I love WordPress and without a doubt, it’s the best blogging system on the market today (for free I might add). The features and expandability it allows such as being open source, allowing custom plugins, etc is more than enough reason to rant and rave about this product.

Now that we’re clear, let’s talk about upgrading WordPress in general. I always upgrade my WordPress blogs to the latest version whenever a new release comes out (especially a security fix) but this time I’m holding off on upgrading to 2.5 because I really don’t like it.

I know, you hear all the positive reviews about the cool new features which I like as well but there are a few reasons I don’t want to upgrade quite yet. Here are my top 5 reasons why I’m not going to upgrade to 2.5 and will wait until a newer release is available:

  1. I don’t like the new narrower interface which is left aligned and too compact. I wish there was an option to change it to fluid width.
  2. I want to make sure all my plugins are updated to be compliant with 2.5+.
  3. Usually after a major dot release, there is a smaller dot X release less than a month later. Why upgrade now when you’ll have to go through it again soon?
  4. I have several WordPress blogs and it would be a huge undertaking for not a big difference in features.
  5. I’m too busy now to spend time getting used to a new interface. I can quickly cruise around and get things done with WordPress 2.3.3.

Some of my reasons are personal and would change my daily work flow environment per se, and a couple reasons are just related to the WordPress product itself. Now if these issues don’t bother you at all then by all means go ahead and upgrade to 2.5. I’d at least recommend installing it on a test site first (localhost will do) and test it out yourself. That’s what I did and I’m glad I did.

I’m a guy who likes to have the latest and greatest versions of everything so not upgrading to 2.5 makes me annoyed. What is even more annoying is the message that appears in the header and footer of the admin section of WordPress telling me “A new version of WordPress is available! Please update now“.

Thanks WordPress but I don’t want to upgrade quite yet so leave me alone. I did some searching for a way to disable this feature (which is only available in 2.3+) so check out my other post on “How to disable the WordPress update message“.

Ready to super charge your blog? Check out our partners professional premium WordPress themes!

If you like this post then please consider subscribing to our eBlog Templates RSS feed. You can also subscribe by email and have new templates and articles sent directly to your inbox.


  1. Disable Wordpress update | Fat to Blog on May 14, 2008

8 Responses to “5 Reasons I’m Not Upgrading to WordPress 2.5”

Fernando Lopez Jr. on Apr 8, 2008, 1:03 pm  

your complaints are personal. once you get used to it, you going to like it a lot more, the options(settings) are better arranged. I like it a lot more.

David on Apr 9, 2008, 4:45 am  

@Fernando, I’m sure you are right. Once I get used to it, I’ll probably love it and wonder why I didn’t upgrade sooner. I just really don’t like the fixed left-aligned small text box.

What are some of the new features that you like best?

Fernando Lopez Jr. on Apr 9, 2008, 7:43 am  

and then again “I just really don’t like the fixed left-aligned small text box.”… hehehhehe …

is hard for me to tell you about specific features that I like from wordpress since it is loaded with too many good things.

here, http://wordpress.org/development/2008/03/wordpress-25-brecker/

I upgraded my old wordpress to 2.5 and the upgrade process is smooth and it just works. hope you update soon and discover the new features on your own.

btw, do you know what are the codes for the included default smiley faces?

David on Apr 9, 2008, 7:30 pm  

Yeah, I will upgrade at some point but hope someone releases a plugin to change the fixed alignment issue. Thanks for the link.

The smiley faces is a plugin called WP Grins written by Alex King.

Hanush on Apr 13, 2008, 10:10 am  

By the time wrote this post, you could have installed and removed it twice

David on Apr 13, 2008, 7:28 pm  

@Hanush, ha, very true. 🙂 I was interested in hearing feedback from people like you so that’s why I wanted to write the post.

Hanush on Apr 13, 2008, 7:51 pm  

thnxs 4 the reply