WordPress version 3.0 is due out in early May of this year (2010).
Being an upgrade into a whole new version number (moving from 2.0 to 3.0) brings substantial changes to the core code of WordPress.
Released 4/3/2010, the official wordpress development blog has some notes on the current state of the release and there are a couple interesting things to note:
- The new default theme “twenty ten” isn’t terrible!
- Nice white on off-white modern looking theme (although the sidebar is only about 200pixels wide)
- Includes header up-loader and background changer (also includes more than one default header image)
- Ability to Build Custom Menus for the Dashboard
- Menu Builder (Appearance -> Menus)
- This feature is currently very incomplete and we can expect to see more from it in beta 2
- Manual Install No Longer Auto-Creates “Admin” account
- This has been a known security issue, and I strongly advise against having a user named admin
- Now you can set not only the username but also the initial admin password, at creation (don’t forget to use a STRONG password!)
- From a security perspective, this is OMG-AWESOME! (that’s oh my god awesome, hehe) It’s also long overdue!
- WordPress MU (multi user) now Built In
- However… its NOT directly available in the dashboard, still needs some code tinkering
- This will eventually make it easier for more and more of us to run multi user blog setups (not just multi author)
- Custom Post Types!
- This one has me excited!
- This will let us (again through a little code tinkering it appears) define custom post types, such as Podcast, Quotes, Chats, Photos etc (100% controlled by you) that can have less unneeded fields on the Post page and can be easier to find through the navigation menu. Can also create custom fields such as length for podcasts, etc.
- We’re early early beta so give this a little time to grow up yet, but its already hot!
- If that’s clear as mud, check out this great blog post on wordpress custom post types
Now, I’ve got to say, I heard rumor of bbPress code inclusion as well, but I see no evidence of it. This makes me sadfaced. Supposedly it’s coming though at least according to a couple friends so I’ll keep being hopeful. Currently forum integration is a rather piecemeal affair with its own list of headaches (as some of you have noticed that I still haven’t got it working, after several forum plugin changes, on my other blog!)
PS: We know this upgrade is coming down the pipe. Remember the importance of understanding the proper way to backup and upgrade your blogs. Be sure you have a full database and content backup in the event of an emergency. For those of you looking for some extra assistance to prevent problems, stay tuned for Jodie & I’s upcoming blog maintenance & support service announcement!!