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Things You Should Know About WordPress 3.0

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

Comments (4)

  1. Jun 21, 2010

    Mine’s upgraded. 🙂 I want to switch themes but I’m too cheap for Thesis quite yet. My theme is hard to navigate because it doesn’t have a button back to the home page from the sidebar. I’m sure I can easily add one in CSS I just have no idea where. I’m an HTML girl and I just haven’t cared enough to really put a lot of effort in to finding it. I love my polka dots because they’re VERY ME. I have polka dots on my IPhone too. But if I can’t figure out the code to fix the sidebar I gotta switch it. UGH

  2. Jun 21, 2010

    I will warn people who are considering the multsite option – which is the coolest feature of 3.0 – that when you’re choosing whether to have your baby sites as subdirectories or subdomains, chose wisely since it’s a HUGE pain in the ass to change it once you’ve chosen. Like editing your database and blood, sweat and tears pain in the ass.

    I’m still working on fixing THAT issue but from what I’ve seen, 3.0 is possible the best release to date.

  3. Jun 21, 2010

    Hi Amy,

    Did you go from multiple installs of WordPress into a multi site with 3.0? I’m still trying to figure out if I can do that with my subfolders exactly the same as they are now. When I tried to set it up, it said I had to use the subdomains, which I really don’t want to do, because then I’d have to change every single permalink in the whole thing, which SUCKS.

  4. Jun 21, 2010

    Just one install but since I accidentally chose the stupid subdomain option, I haven’t been able to truly fix the issue. One thread I read on the WP forum was to change

    define( ‘SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL’, true );
    to
    define( ‘SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL’, false );

    That allowed me to create multiple subdirectories. The only issue is that now the sites aren’t pulling the style sheet like they should.

    Example: http://tastelikecrazy.com/tasteslikegaming

    The only solution I saw that might really work – though I haven’t tried it because I’m lazy – is to do a completely clean install on a brand spanky database. Blech.

    ALL that being said, from everything I’ve read on the forums, it should be a fairly simple process to migrate the sites since each baby site is it’s own site. Well…fairly simple process once you fix the whole subdomain crap.

    Sorry I can’t be of more help.

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