Upgrade ?

1.3 should be among us soon I guess, so the rush to upgrade will begin. But I’m not entirely sure I’ll be there in that line just yet.

And the reason is I don’t know that it will offer me anything I want or need.
Now don’t get me wrong – I still think WordPress is a great piece of software, and I have no intentions whatsoever of dropping it or my involvement, and I am not knocking WP at all but 1.2 does everything I want so if 1.3 will be adding what will for me be ‘bells and whistles’ that I may not use, then why upgrade ?

I’ve looked at the page where I can see what has been added, what is waiting to be added, I read all the right blogs / posts, note forum conversations so apart from the secrets that Matt et al have, I’m fairly aware of what’s coming and I’ve also got a cvs version of 1.3 running on xampp. So far, I’m not entirely sold that 1.3 will do anything for me (maybe I should read some more ?).

There comes a point, when you follow the development of something you use, that it evolves past the point at which you wil use it to the maximum. Take winamp – version 2.91 is excellent. Does all I need to. Do I need a higher version ? No, I don’t, and I don’t need all that may go with the very latest shiny v5 (though yes, it is installed as my daughters like it with the skin they have, but I use 2.91). It’s like Win98 – many people like it, can work effectively (and safely) with it, they know their way around, so why bother going up to XP ?
At some point, multi-blogs will become a part of the WP experience, and I’ve never got into that concept / need / drooling desire, I really haven’t. User levels hold no attraction – this is my blog for me, not you. Themes ? Nope, not those either.
Yes this makes what is a great piece of software even better, more rounded and widens it’s appeal and audience, but if I am happy with what I have, then why upgrade ? It’s like web page building – I use a text editor for that, and some people use Dreamweaver. One reason I wouldn’t buy DW is that I would be paying for a multitude of features that I do not use, so why pay. Hell, I can get the program for nothing, and I still don’t use it for exactly the same reason. It’s the same with Photoshop. (Was I a Luddite in a previous life I ask myself).

One reason of course is to play with any new ‘toys’ – and I do like doing that :) Another reason is that just as how I have used this blog has changed, it may continue to alter and 1.3 (and above) may accommodate that change better. The database is already in 1.3 shape anyway, and it’s hardly a huge chore to upgrade, but the point will arrive when I will call a halt – it just has to, but when do I do that ? I don’t know.

I’m not being anti 1.3, I’m just pondering for me.

I said once that I liked WP because it ‘did exactly what it said on the tin’. Thinking about that now, that particular tin wasn’t so huge – it was compact and to the point. So if the tin gets bigger, but the features I use will remain the same, why get the bigger tin ? That make sense ?

You know what though .. I’ll probably upgrade to 1.3 and love it :) Still, pondering is good.

3 thoughts on “Upgrade ?

  1. I’d upgrade if I were you. Mainly because it fixes the trackback function, which is quite broken in 1.2 (and even 1.2.1).

    New stuff is always cool. I’m sure 1.3 will have some bug fixes too. Can I ask you, what are the reasons for NOT upgrading?

  2. My trackback has always worked :)
    In fact, I think my files are bug-free for what I want / need.

    Reasons for not upgrading ? As I said, if upgrading will just add features that I do not need / want / desire, then why bother ?
    That said, I have read some more, and I think 1.3 will certainly have more core features that I would like as opposed to using plugins, so that alone is a good reason.

    I’m not against upgrading – I have done since ‘Platinum’ and before, including every nightly toward 1.0.2 – it’s just like I said, WP is evolving, whereas my needs remain fairly static.

  3. I’m definitely looking forward to a multiblogging function but I have no idea if WordPress 1.3 will offer that or if it’s supposed to come later (I think I’ve heard maybe 1.5? — if so, what is 1.4 going to be about?).

    I’m looking forward to 1.3 simply because I saw what an improvement 1.2 was from the previous version. I have a lot of faith in Matt and the WordPress gang that 1.3 is going to be a visible improvement as well.

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