WordPress version 3 is out and there are some pretty cool features that should make this an instant upgrade for most people. Lets take a look at some of the key features and reasons to upgrade.
WordPress and WordPress MU have merged
MU is the CMS used for managing a multisite WordPress installation. They have merge this into the main WordPress core, so that all the features of both applications are now available.
The Appearance tab of your admin dash now has an option called Menus. This is a new feature that allows you to build custom menus combining posts, pages, categories, tags, and links for use in theme menus or widgets.
Improved Custom Post Types
This is very exciting stuff for those of us that use WordPress as more of a CMS, than a blog. There are already plugins out taking advantage of these new developments (Example), and it looks very promising.
- New Admin dash, it’s much light in colour now.
- New default theme “Twenty Ten” takes full advantage of the current features of WordPress.
- Support for shortlinks
- Better support with contextual help tabs on each admin page.
- Expanded help information (not just a link to support forums)
- Set admin username and password during installation (not new for Fantastico users)
- Bulk theme update feature
- Hierarchical category support
- Alert for privacy settings (preventing accidental search engine blocking)
- Additional file attachment options
- Option to limit number of posts shown
- Bulk upgrade plugins
- Over 1,200 bug fixes
These are just some of the many many features now included in WordPress 3.0. Check out the full feature list here.
For full details on the new release jump over to WordPress.org.