Finally, WordPress has released its thirteenth major version, WordPress 3.0, which can be described in one-word – Amazing! Believe it or not, WP 3.0 comes with fantastic new features that will change WordPress forever. The most noticeable change is that ot the default WordPress theme which will now be replaced by a new version 3.0 compatible theme. Some of the new features of WordPress 3.0 are described below:
Say Goodbye to Cubis
Cubic, the default and rather dull looking WordPress theme, has been retired after 5 years and replaced by a modern and better looking default theme known as TwentyTen. TwentyTen is compatible with all the features of 3.0 and comes with extraordinary flexibility, which includes Custom Menus, Backgrounds and Headers.
The TwentyTen Custom Menu system makes it possible to create and reorder menu items, make multiple menus or sub-menus. It also makes it possible to create shorter navigation labels, to improve SEO, for publishers who have long page titles. The Custom Menu can also be placed in a new sidebar widget at any area of your choice.
The Custom Background system enables you to change the background colours of your theme and also import background images which can be tiled or centred according to your preference. Finally, the Custom Menu Header makes it possible to change the header images you wish. Both custom background and header menu systems come with bundled image samples that can be used freely by the publisher.
WordPress 3.0 now allows users to set the Admin username to whatever they like during installation. The first thing you will notice when you log in is a new lighter look so that you will have fewer distractions to the most important part of your blog i.e. your content.
The Help tabs are now under every screen to give you assistance and information wherever and whenever you may need it.
The bulk updater is a major part of WordPress 3.0. It can be found in the dashboard section and makes it possible to manage and update a Web installation, plugin or theme all in one place and with a single click. The unified updater ensures that nothing goes wrong as it automatically places your site in maintenance mode during updates.
Custom Post Types
The Custom Post feature is now available for developers to create more standard posts and pages for better CMS capability.
In WordPress 3.0, shortlink support makes it possible to generate short links on the spot with your favourite URL short link service.
Multi-User (MU) + WP
Perhaps one of the most interesting feature of WordPress 3.0 is its multisite support which will enable it to power “one site or ten million.” Features deferred until later versions, for a future release include, overhaul of user roles and media uploader improvement.
What would you like to see in the next WordPress version?
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Small Business SEO
June 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm
Looks awesome! Guess I’ll be updating my blogs today. So long Cubis!
Fein Multimaster Blades
December 10, 2010 at 2:42 am
I hated that old default, the first thing I would do is download a new theme!
Tropical Home Decor
June 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm
WOW, looks like this one is a cracker! I am yet to update all my blogs to the new version, it’s always a bit scary, once you got used to a version you never know what to expect in the next one. But usually they are quite easy to handle. Thanks for making the transition easier by pointing out the major changes!
Small Business SEO
June 20, 2010 at 3:41 am
I am always cautious updating my blogs and make sure everything is backed up before doing any kind of major update.
The iNews Blog
June 20, 2010 at 2:31 am
Updated all my blogs to 3.0. I’m loving the new features. Using the new default theme on one of my blogs and it looks great. I think that the new theme API’s are going to lead to some very nice themes being released soon.
Domain name registration
June 21, 2010 at 6:01 pm
I have update some of my blogs to the new version, the new features are great.
June 27, 2010 at 8:53 pm
Glad you have similar views to mine. WP 3.0 is really cool.
July 10, 2010 at 1:22 am
Installed, using, and it’s lovely!
Specially like the bulk updater. No more click, click, click… 🙂
Email List Building
July 19, 2010 at 1:50 am
I saw your comment on another blog about the About page and came over to your blog to check it. It looks good.
Then I started to read your posts and I’m glad I found your blog. It has a lot of great stuff.
I recently updated to WordPress 3.0 and like some of your commenters I’m always a bit scared to do the updates mainly because of the plug ins. Some of them may not work with the newest version.
I’m glad they changed the default theme and included the admin option.
I wouldn’t have known about it without reading your post.
August 5, 2010 at 2:01 pm
Thanks for your comments Vance. Would be great to see you again sometime 🙂 …you are right about changing themes, basically, I have observed that to begin to take more advantage of WordPress 3, users must take the bold step of also upgrading their themes to one of the many (sometimes free) WordPress 3.0 compatible themes.
August 10, 2011 at 8:46 am
The new welcome screen has gone through a major overhaul. This is definitely for better security and usability. It gives you now the option to choose a username and set up a password. It was a major security risk before when you were given a default username that automatically generated “admin”.
February 2, 2022 at 1:52 pm
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