Lee Odden

My Pros and Cons of WordPress 2.1

Lee Odden     Blogging Strategy

Wordpress Thumbs Up - Thumbs DownAfter installing WordPress 2.1 my experiences have been both good and bad. There are a few things I LOVE about the updated blogging software, but there are also a few things that bug me.

Stuff That Bugs Me

  1. No ‘Previwe Post’ link when writing a post. This really gets me as I preview my post quite often. Granted the functionality is still there, you just have to scroll down to see it.
  2. No Firefox spell check. Seeing as my spelling isn’t the best, I rely on Firefox’s spell check quite often. However, the new WYSIWYG editor doesn’t work with Firefox’s spell check and no red-underlined words makes me think I spelt everything correctly. Now I have to make a point to hitting the spell check button.
  3. Oddly enough, the new built in spell check doesn’t know the word WordPress.
  4. No defeat categories are selected, yet they are. When you first load the post screen, no categories are selected. This made me think that the idea of a default category was gone. However, it still posted in the default category. Since updating to WordPress 2.1.1 moments ago, it seems that this issue may be fixed.
  5. Still can’t minimize the ‘Upload Image’ area. This is really something that’s bugged me for a while. I hate the fact that you can’t minimize the upload area. Come on, you can minimize every other area!

The Good Stuff

  1. Auto save! All posts automatically save themselves. This is HUGE and very much appreciated.
  2. New post editor. Now switching between code and WYSIWYG editor is simple. Very very handy.
  3. Categories are now at the top of the left hand column on the post screen. Minor details, but they should be at the top as they are most important.
  4. Better image management. I kind of liked the pre WP 2.1 way of managing and adding images but they’ve updated it to make it a bit easier to understand.
  5. Much nicer URL and Image properties window. When adding a link or an image to a post, now you get a nice little Ajax window instead of a pop-up. You also get more image properties including things like h & v space.
  6. No Firefox spell check. I know, I complained about this one above, but it’s nice to have distraction free typing. If I stop every few seconds to fix a mis-spelling, it’ll take me longer to finish my post. Plus WordPress 2.1 has a built in spell checker which is pretty handy too.
  7. Fancy admin login screen. A minor thing but it’s pretty.

Those are the things that bug me and the things I love about WordPress 2.1. None of them are show stoppers, but some new features may be big enough to cause you to want to update right away. It’s well worth it and WordPress continues it’s reign as the best blogging software. Or so I think.

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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on B2B marketing topics including content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely running, traveling or cooking up something new.


  1. I too wondered where the ‘preview post’ bookmark went to. A little thing, but a poor removal in my opinion.

    I checked out the WP site. To upgrade from 2.1 to 2.1.1 do you have to re-install the whole thing? At first glance I couldn’t find a patch.

  2. Patches don’t seem to happen David. I had to re-upload everything except the wp-content folder. Took only a couple minutes. Some other blogs list the changed files, but I didn’t feel as if it was worth the risk. That is, if there is one. 🙂

  3. some interesting points. #2 on the cons… if you right click you can get firefox to spell check. I don’t know if you have a different version but it certianly checks my wp fields.

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  4. Im also quick to summarize and not read the whole point. Ignore the above ^_^

  5. Some interesting points. Thanks

  6. Kev, your right. I can spell check with Firefox. I just have to turn it on. Duh. I can’t believe I missed that easy fix. I still think I may leave it off though as I say in my PRO list. 🙂

  7. thanks for sharing the list …
    checking it out now …
    i liked the previous image handling methods better …
    the new ways need a bit getting used to … hehe …
    thanks …

  8. Hey Guys, we are looking at moving to a wordpress site and have downloaded a couple of samples. The CMS is pretty easy to navigate around. What I would like to know is what are the issues around incorporating video also flexibility around format and incorporation of web 2.0 functionality.

    Thanks. Nige

  9. Nige, WordPress 2.5 works very well with video.