Things You Should Know About WordPress 3.0
I’ve been waiting for WordPress 3.0 to come out for a while kids, and it looks like it is now finally ready to be downloaded by everybody who is interested in it. As will all WordPress updates, you can do the automatic update by clicking on the “WordPress 3.0 is available! Please update now” link at the top of your dashboard, or you can do a manual install if that does not work for some reason. I’ve gone over why you should keep up to date with your WordPress installs before in the past — mostly because this is the only way to reliably protect yourself from the kinds of hacking and virus stuff that has been a problem for many WordPress users of late. But 3.0 is a particularly important WordPress upgrade for a variety of reasons. I’ve listed them below.
- Multi-Blog Integration. The reason I’ve been anticipating the release of WordPress 3.0 is primarily for this functionality — WordPress 3.0 integrates WordPressMU into basic WordPress, which will allows you to control a bunch of different blogs from one install of WordPress. As it is, my site is comprised of four different WordPress installs, so any time I change anything with design or plugins or whatever, I then have to update everything again on each of those installs. I’m still trying to figure out how to get this to work on a blog with multiple installs in subdirectories, and once I’ve done this I will post a tutorial here. But for those of you who want to set up a new blog with many different subblogs, you can do it easily by starting with WordPress 3.0.
- Over one thousand bug fixes. This release cleans up a lot of bugs found with earlier versions of WordPress, as well as provides enhanced security for the latest problems that have been cropping up with WordPress installs.
- More features allowing you to control post types and category types. There are a bunch of different controls in WordPress 3.0 that allow you to control different styles for posts, as well as to create custom taxonomies for categories. This allows you to better classify and organize your posts, as well as be more creative in the way you differentiate one post from the next (you can create new templates for posts whenever you want).
Here’s a video that explains all of the new features better than I can: