After working with WordPress 2.2 RC2 and then the final release for the last couple of weeks I am pleased to say that despite a theme incompatibility problem with the Absolute Beginner’s WordPress site, that the upgrade is well worth it. It does pay however to make sure that your theme and plugins are compatible with this new version of WordPress.
Despite the fact that the new tagging function has been removed until the WP2.3 release, this is still a major upgrade in function and security with over 240 bug fixes thrown in for good measure and needs to be treated as such. However, other than checking for compatibility issues before you upgrade, the actual upgrading is one of the smoothest I’ve seen yet so kudos to the WordPress developers for doing a heck of a good job in a relatively short period of time and also for pulling the unfinished tagging function that they we’re unsure of until the next release. Very smart thinking on their part.
So, for those of you who may be waffling still, check the compatibility stuff, backup your database and whatever files you may have modified in your current install (you don’t have to replace your wp-content directory of course, so your theme is safe) and do yourself and your server a favor and upgrade to 2.2.
I’m including the links to the compatibility lists for WordPress 2.2 for everyone’s convenience but these lists are “in progress” and there is not much for the themes list especially as yet but there will be. In the meantime, check with your theme’s author for any compatibility issues.
Note: The Default and Classic themes that normally come with WordPress software are now “widgetize” so you may want to replace the current ones with those just to say you did. If not…no big deal.