WordPress 2.0.5 includes some 60 bugfixes and improvements that I link to here. That should be reason enough for any geek to switch to the latest version. If you are not a geek, and perhaps you haven’t upgraded even to version 2.0.3 yet. You need to. It is VERY important to the safety of your blog. If you started your blog on version 2.0 or higher, you will also get a marked speed improvement out of your site.
Top 5 Reasons to upgrade
1. Integrity: If you aren’t running version 2.0.4 or higher, there are easy methods to delete posts and comments from your blog that are not traceable back to the person that did it. All your work could be easily if someone got the whim to do so.
2. Speed: If you are running versions 2.0-2.0.4 and always were, than you are missing a key index. This missing index tells your blog where to find posts and pages. As you can guess, it is good for that to work quickly. Read more here in the ticket I logged when I found the issue.
3. Security: Improved security in wp-db-backup plugin. Sneaky people could use older versions of the get to places that they shouldn’t be
4. Privacy: User info snooping was possible. Any user could see any other users contact info, private not. Spammers must love that “feature”.
5. All of the above and much more: You choose…. I’ll leave this one up to you… You might wish to choose from one of Mark Jarquith‘s favorites. He seems to be a pretty good guy and has listed his top choices here. Or you could choose from any of the items listed on the official tracking site, here. That link will list the most important fixes first.
If you’re still not convinced, you should read this article (not yet published).
If you think that it takes too long to upgrade, consider using my Upgrade your sites to the latest WordPress in 35 seconds. method and you’ll never have to worry about a lengthy update again! That’s how I updated The CodeCave.
And “Why is it called Ronan?” you ask… Well, it’s named after the very first WordPress Baby! Ryan Boren is Ronan’s proud father. Pictures are available on Ryan’s site.
Update: Mark has posted a list of just the files that have changed. If you don’t use the script I mentioned above, you could look into his file which gives you a smaller set of files to update. You can find that here: http://markjaquith.wordpress.com/2006/10/28/wordpress-205-upgrade-changed-files-zip-changes-diff-changed-files-list
Update2: IF you are one of the few with the 302/500 error please visit this site:
Some WordPress 2.0.5 users reporting Server 500 error
If you have no idea what I am talking about, you are in the VAST majority and can thank your lucky stars 🙂