If you have noticed, this blog has undergone some changes [if you are reading this thru a feed, now is the time to drop by]. It started out with upgrading WordPress to the latest version which as usual was smooth. It is the backing up of the files that is painful. Unlike other upgrades, the changes in this version are noticeable and extend beyond ‘under-the-hood’ fixes.

Others have written extensively about new features in WordPress 2.1. At first sight, the switching between using rich visual editor and code is simpler. Most of the plugins that I use and trust me, I use a lot worked fine which later I understood was because the coders introduced backward compatibility. Your posts are now auto-saved as drafts so you may have to worry less and maybe not rely on other word processing apps to write your posts. The much-loved spam plugin Akismet also gets a bundled-in upgrade. Anyway, you can check out more detailed features of WordPress 2.1 here.

Another big and more visually evident change on this blog is the use of a three-column K2 theme. I contemplated on using a different theme but K2 is simply too good to get away from. The header images are a little more stretched and if you have to scroll left-right too much you are probably on a 800×600 resolution. Now you have more sidebar goodies and hopefully that doesn’t take you away from the main content. The Asides have been moved to the sidebar so don’t forget them.

I have tried to keep ads as unintrusive as possible so the header ads are now removed and instead the three ad servings – Yahoo Publisher, Amazon, and Text Link Ads – are on the left sidebar apart from above the comments box on individual blog post pages. The other sidebar has the usual blog knicknacks. The movies and Flickr photos list are at the top. I have also added the Popularity plugin and put up the list of ‘Most Popular Posts’ on this blog [see bottom of the left sidebar]. I was suprised to see the posts that made it to the list.

Hope you enjoy the new look. I would love to hear your comments.