Wrangling the Crazyhorse

It looks like a lot of great new features are getting picked up in the next version of WordPress (2.7), due out sometime in the next few months. One of the biggest changes is (again) revamping the administrative interface (my end of this blog), which I am very excited about. I like the current admin interface better than the previous one, but this new one, codenamed Crazyhorse, is promising to be even better. They put time, effort, and money into usability testing and seeing how people naturally expect things to work (with eye lasers!), and they even asked our opinions. This is in addition to a number of other incredibly useful features, such as automatic upgrading of WP software and the ability to browse and install plugins from within WP.

All of this just reinforces my love of WordPress and Automattic. They’re currently leading their field, but are they sitting back on their haunches waiting for someone to challenge them? No way. They’re pushing their software forward at an amazing speed, and doing a heck of a good job at it. No wonder Matt Mullenweg (founder of WP) is on the list of the Top Entrepreneurs Under 30.

2 thoughts on “Wrangling the Crazyhorse

  1. It’s crazy that you find the time for all this – twitter, blogging, running RMstudents… Their interface must be pretty amazing (I’ve only had experience with blogger…haven’t updated that blog in a few years now)

    Do you happen to know of any good photoblog software? It’s an idea I’ve been toying with – flickr is alright, but getting a little too big I think.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. It’s actually a very bad thing sometimes, since it keeps me from getting things done that I need to, but…

    Yeah, actually WordPress works great for photoblogs as well. You can sign up for a free hosted blog at WordPress.com and they have a bunch of different “themes” you can choose from (what your blog will look like). For example, they’ve actually got a really interesting photoblog theme called Monotone. It’s interesting because, while it’s very minimalist (letting the viewer focus on the photo), it actually changes the colors of the page to match the predominant colors in the photo being displayed. If that doesn’t float your boat though, there’s a lot of other themes available that would work great for a photoblog. That and loads of other features. I hope, if you decide to go ahead with your idea that you sincerely consider WordPress. I still kind of shudder every time I go onto someone’s blog on Blogger, just because everything looks like it was designed in 1999. I’ve never used their back-end, but I guarantee it’s not as nice as WordPress’. And of course, back to the point of my post, updates are constant and top-notch.

    Email me if you have questions or want more information.

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