I have been playing around with WordPress 3.0 Beta 1 over the last few days. The stable version of WordPress 3.0 is not expected to be released until next month but I thought I would give you a glimpse of what’s to come.
You can download the beta version of the highly anticipated 3.0 just now though I would encourage you all to install it in a test area rather than upgrade a live site.
As always, installation and upgrading is easy. Just remember to make sure to edit and upload the new wp-config.php file since WordPress 2.9.2 only had 4 authentication unique keys but WordPress 3.0 has 4 authentication unique salts as well.
You might be fooled into thinking that nothing has changed in this new release, as the admin area of WordPress 3.0 looks the same. Though there are some notable changes. Let’s take a look at the biggest changes :)
WordPress = WordPress MU
WordPress and WordPress Multi User have been merged in WordPress 3.0. By adding the simple line of code below to your wp-config.php file you can now create a network of sites and blogs.
define ('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true ) ;
Once you have edited your wp-config.php with the code above, there will be a new section in the admin tools area called ‘Network’.
Since I installed WP3 in a sub folder of a domain, I could only add network sites of WordPress installations in sub directories. However, if you install WP3 in the root of the domain you can install WordPress sites on subdomains into the network.
It’s great to finally see the multi user options from MU integrated into the default version of WordPress.
The new post type feature was previewed last month by Konstantin. This new feature allows will allow you to set posts as a certain type such as video, podcast or photo.
One of the best features about this is the ability to customise post types. This means you can change the post types to suit your website or blog.
To read more about this feature please read Custom Post Types in WordPress 3.0.
The new menu option makes creating advanced navigation menus a breeze. In the past designers would use the wp_page_menu() to list all pages and then use parameters to customise the list (for example, excluding certain pages).
The new menu system lets you manually create menus and add, modify and remove pages, categories and links. The menu system uses the wp_page_menu() function which was introduced in WP 2.7 so you won’t even have to upgrade your theme.
Another new feature is the ability to manually upload a new background for your theme via the appearance section of your admin area. The background will automatically change in your theme if the new background function tag is used in the theme.
Once you have uploaded your background you can choose if the picture is tiled or fixed, whether it scrolls or not, it’s position and it’s color.
Similar to the new background image feature, you can now upload a custom header image to your theme using the header image function. A nice feature which I’m sure WordPress beginners will appreciate.
Twenty Ten – The New Default Theme
The new theme is a basic yet refreshing theme which makes use of all the new functions and tags (background/header images etc). I think it’s a great theme which beginners and advanced WordPress users will be able to modify with ease (in fact, it looks very similar to many framework themes on the market).
All in all I’m really impressed with the new features in WordPress 3. In addition to the features mentioned above, there is also a new tool which converts tags to categories and categories to tags, an updates section in the dashboard which lets you upgrade to the latest stable release or nightly build, and some new import options too.
For the full list of changes please read the WP 3 Codex.
Please let me know what you think of the new features in WordPress 3.0. Would love to hear your thoughts on it :)
Link: WordPress 3.0 Beta 1