Drum roll please! Lights, camera, action! Introducing the new WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious” to a download button near you! Exciting news released on WordPress's blog today about this 13th release of their platform.
WordPress was inspired with this recent upgrade by Thelonious Monk (October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982) who was an American jazz pianist and composer. Amongst society, “one of the giants of American music”. He was a very stylish man who dressed to impress along with a one time feature on the front cover of Time Magazine.
The first thing you'll notice is a lighter back end management piece. The new default blog template or theme is called Twenty Ten. Say goodbye to ol' blue I like to call it! This default theme supports all the bells and whistles they are throwing out with WordPress 3.0. Some important features are the upgrades to customize your backgrounds, shortlinks, headers, post types, menus, and taxonomies. Plus you can now run multiple blogs on just one installation verse having to run a new installation for each blog site you set up. Now that right there is beautiful!
Another feature that I like is the improved “help” button on the top right. This time around it actually provides additional information and possibly would help newbies more! How many times did you have several plugin updates on your blog and you were tired out before they were done? Well with this release you'll see a bulk update button with an all in one swipe action. Even better, when your doing these upgrades your blog will be put into a “safe mode” to precaution against anything going wrong. At least try to limit the potential issues. WordPress mentioned they had over 1,200 bug and update fixes they made. I'm scared to know what might be wrong with my sites!
Lastly, a cool feature that will get many people excited is the flexibility of generating a shortlink using your favorite URL shortening service! I see your mouth watering over this, especially if your a number crunching fool! Overall this is exciting and like anything new, incorporating this into the old system will possibly produce some challenges not expected. Make sure to read as much as you can about the update and try to trouble shoot any problems before hand. Remember… back up your data!