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WordPress 3.0 Features

Well so far – so good with WordPress 3.0 – hasn’t killed any of my websites yet but on the other hand since many of the websites I have are customized I really haven’t been able to take advantage of some of the new features like the menu.

Highlights (

  • WordPress and WordPress MU have merged, allowing the management of multiple sites (called Multisite) from one WordPress installation.
  • New default theme “Twenty Ten” takes full advantage of the current features of WordPress.
  • New Custom Menu Management feature, allows creation of custom menus combining posts, pages, categories, tags, and links for use in theme menus or widgets.
  • Custom Header and Custom Background APIs.
  • Contextual help text accessed under the Help tab of every screen in the WordPress administration.
  • Ability to set the admin username and password during installation.
  • Bulk updating of themes with an automatic maintenance mode during the process.
  • Support for Shortlinks.
  • Improved Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies including hierarchical (category-style) support. (Try the Custom Post Type UI or GD Custom Posts And Taxonomies
  • Tools plugins to see the possibilities.
  • A lighter admin color scheme to increase accessibility and put the focus more squarely on your content.

Biggies to me are:

  • the merge with MU allowing for control of several sites from 1 admin – of course since mine are all over the place this will probably take some time and doing to really use but it is a great feature for future site management.
  • the custom header and background – very easy to change and customize site without having to mess with the stylesheet
  • menu – again assuming I don’t have a custom menu this will make working with the menu order very easy
  • haven’t used yet – but like the notice of theme updates and ability to bulk update
  • really like the new theme – very versatile
  • Only bug I’ve found so far is the post tags is a little finicky – sometimes drops down and sometimes doesn’t but that’s nothing to worry about.