We’re big fans of WordPress here at Untold. Over the years WordPress has evolved from a simple blog management tool into a robust Content Management System. All the while, it has maintained it’s open source philosophy and community of contributors.
Recently, WordPress reached a major milestone with it’s 3.0 release. There are a ton of new features, but here are the highlights:
- First new official theme in years, Twenty Ten takes advantage of the newest features of WordPress.
- WordPress and WordPress MU have been merged. Manage multiple “sites” from within a WordPress installation.
- Custom menu management feature, allowing creation of custom menus of posts, pages, categories, tags, and links. Menu items may have parents/depth and the new theme has support for drop down menus.
- Define custom header and background images.
- Define both the admin username and password during install.
- Full support for bulk updating of themes and plugins.
- Official support for shortlinks that maintain your site’s brand.
- Improved custom post types and custom taxonomies including hierarchical (category-style) support.
- Specific author templates in the Template Hierarchy.
- 1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements.
While these changes may not be noticed by the visitors of WordPress powered sites, the new functionality should increase efficiency and management by developers and administrators.