By now I reckon everyone knows that the next version of WordPress is 2.5, right? I mean. Lorelle does a great job serving up the news here at The Blog Herald, you can’t expect a better update than that, seriously. So you all know, 2.4 is skipped, right?
Well, maybe the people e-mailing me, asking me on various IM networks and whatnot isn’t readers of The Blog Herald, but some at least should be. They aren’t ignorant newbies, they’ve been around online for quite some time, and most of them aren’t afraid of hacking a bit of code. Still, they are confused. Where is 2.4?
Skipping a version is one thing, but not updating the naming convention appropriately, for consistency’s sake, is just plain stupid. Maybe the WordPress team intend to do that, maybe the next release will be called 2.4 after all, but that surely doesn’t come across anywhere.
I’ll say it again. You’re confusing web developers, people who are working with WordPress with clients, or with their own projects, and when they are confused, then they might think twice before recommending the platform.
There is no logical way to defend skipping a whole sub-version for the public. What the next version is called behind the scenes is one thing, but users should be able to expect 4 to follow 3.
What’s next? Skipping 3.0, going straight to 4.0?
I sincerely hope that the WordPress team, who does a great job and I’m grateful for it, will come to their senses on this one. I’m hoping it’s miscommunication, that they always intended to call the next version 2.4 and nothing else, no matter what developer version they might base it on. But right now I just don’t know, and that makes me a bit queasy about the whole thing. A small matter perhaps, but nonetheless. And I work with these things…
Keep it simple, please.
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.