WordPress 1.5 now available

WordPress 1.5 (“Strayhorn”) was officially released yesterday, and it’s the cat’s meow, as they say. (See here for the official word and here for another take.) I’ve been running the 1.5 nightly builds for a few weeks now with little to no problems, so it was a simple matter to upgrade to the official release, but for users of the previous version of WP (1.2), I’d highly recommend taking the small steps needed to upgrade to the new version.

My favorite new features :

  • themes—basically, a site-specific template system
  • pages—the ability to create and manage standalone pages (either static or dynamic) from within the flow of WordPress itself

Most people are more keen about the ability to create site themes, and truthfully, it is very nice, and I have yet to take full advantage of it. However, I’m actually more keen on the idea of pages—in fact, I’ve just recently converted my few standalone pages (about, contact, etc.) to WP pages, which should make things easier to manage in the long run. And what’s even more cool is that you can create subpages, thereby setting up a logical but still easy to maintain hierarchy of pages. You could almost argue that WordPress has evolved from a great blogging engine to the beginnings of a full-fledged CMS (content management system). Ver’, ver’ nahs indeed.