Upgrading to WordPress 2.3.1 – Now with tagging

WordPress 2.3.1 finally came to Fantastico on my Hostmonster account, so I have finally upgraded. I haven’t seen any problems yet. I’m hoping that most bugs have been smoothed over from the 2.3 release.

One of the things that I’m most excited about for this release of WordPress is the native support for tagging. I wrote a post a little while back on category cleaning for my blog. I used to treat categories like tags, but I’ve changed my thinking and the way that I organize my blog. I now have 1 category per post (unless I really have to go to 2).

Categories are like folders in a filing cabinet, tags are more like the index of a book, describing the contents so that you can easily find them later on.

After having used del.icio.us for almost 2 years now, I’ve found tags to be a really effective way of indexing my bookmarks. I can almost always find what I’m looking for very, very quickly. I’m hoping that tagging will come in useful for my blog as well.

2 thoughts on “Upgrading to WordPress 2.3.1 – Now with tagging”

  1. Lucky, you had Fantastico to help. I had to manually backup the database, tar the old files, and copy things back in a few at a time. Then there’s the inevitable plug-in and theme upgrading.

    Nice new theme by the way.

  2. I should probably given Fantastico a try. I typically install stuff manually or make my stuff in custom PHP or Rails apps.

    I recently synchronized three or four sets of bookmarks using del.icio.us. The firefox plugin is pretty nice.

    The basic idea behind tagging goes all the way back to file system design. We categorized things in folders due to the similarities to static filing cabinets and due to the “tree structure” we tend to abuse in Computer Science.

    If a file system could truly be redesigned from scratch, wouldn’t it be better if everything resided in one big folder, but had different tags or “meta-data” to indicate what it was. You’d have your base tag of course (Excel file, Word document, Win32 Executable, DLL, JPEG, etc.) plus all your additional tags (family photos 2003, etc)

    Of course that brings up the issue, should there be one absolute path to a file? How do you deal with installs / uninstalls.

    People are so use to the folder based file system I doubt we’ll see tagging make it to the desktop outside of tools like Google’s desktop search. We know how WinFS ended up.

    Anywho, nice upgrade.

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