Sunday, July 03, 2005
I ran into a couple of problems with the upgrade:
- The user message template problem.
- The custom_profile_data tag did not work (it’s now been fixed).
- The linklist module stopped working (it’s now been fixed too).
- The poll module doesn’t work.
- Couldn’t get the Acronym module version 1.5 to work, but I’d had the same problem since version 1.3, so I just stopped using it altogether.
- EE is still adding borders to images (which doesn’t validate), so I had to hack the EE source again.
- I had modified the Magpie plugin, but I couldn’t remember what I did to it, so I had to compare the old version with the new version line by line (which was my fault, really).
For comparison purposes, here’s a picture of the old control panel, and the new control panel. I do really like the new control panel. The only thing I miss about the old one is the orange colour.
Other things I like about this new version:
- The publish dropdown. You can now hover over the Publish link and get a list of all your weblogs. It saves me an extra click.
- The publish page. It has been significantly reworked. When I first saw the preview, I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but I’m quite used to it already. It really does free up a lot of space in the publish page, which is good.
- Custom tabs! You can now add links on the tab to your most frequently accessed pages within the CP. I click on the links in the modules tab a lot, and now I don’t have to click as much.
- Quick save. The entry is saved to the database, but it isn’t published and no pings are sent. Now I don’t have to use my custom ‘draft’ status.
- The ability to tie the blacklist with the .htaccess file.
- Spell check. I don’t have the pspell library or whatever it is installed, but I did try out the spell check in the forums and it was really nifty. I must find out if I can get this library installed..
- You can now move entries from one weblog to another, provided that they use the same field group. This is awesome! There’s no way to bulk move entries, but I’m just glad this functionality is there.
There are a lot more major updates, but the ones above are the ones I really like. The full changelog is listed here.
What’s changed for you, the readers:
- You can now upload your own avatar. This avatar will be displayed next to your comments.
- You can also upload a member photo and edit a signature, but I haven’t decided if I want to display that in the comments yet
- You can now ping me when you update your site! Here’s the URL for you to ping. And if you want me to ping your site, I can do that. Not sure whether pinging too many sites will slow things down for me, though.