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WordPress 3!

Yesterday I officially upgraded this site to WordPress 3. Here's all the problems that happened:


Shocked? Amazed? Yes and yes. Before upgrading I performed a total backup (entire directory + MySQL db) because I thought for sure something would go screwy, but everything went a-okay.

On the outside (what you see now), everything is the same. It's the admin interface that's way cooler. I do dig the new silver-ish theme; it finally looks like a pro interface. This is neat considering it's a free product. The real kicker however is how it handles image uploads, because I can finally resize and crop properly completely within the web interface. It may not be perfect but it's way better than the way it used to handle them. In addition, I can now edit existing images right on the server and have them replaced without multiple copies of image files.

Here's why this is such a big deal:

I do work with images a lot when blogging, and the be-all/end-all for editing images within a blog editor is Windows Live Writer. No software does it better. The issue was that if I wanted to save a draft, I'd either have to save a local copy or post to the server. If you save local, the draft is specifically on the computer you saved it on. This proves to be annoying because I hop between my desktop and netbook quite a bit. If you post a draft to the server, whatever images you have in the post are non-editable at that point because they're no longer local.

Being that WordPress can edit images direct-on-server, I can now edit posts all within WP because I know if I have to make any image edits, I can do it. This gives me a very good reason to start posting within the WP interface a lot more.

The only thing I'm missing is the ability to add custom borders. Fortunately most of the time all I require is a 1-pixel solid black line, and that's easily handled with a border setting of "1" in the Advanced Properties of any image uploaded to WP.

Here's an example of what I'm talking about.

Normal image:

Image with 1px black border:

(If you don't see the border immediately, just look at the bottom corners of the image.)

I won't be able to completely give up WLW for blog editing because there are still things it can do better than WP's editor, but the point is that if placed into the situation where I had to use WP and nothing else, I could get along with it very well. Only now does it allow me to do everything I want with no other image editing software needed.

And yeah, that's a big deal.

One final note: If this was in WP 2.9, I never saw it before 3.

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