WordPress 3.0 is on its way soon…
This is a major update to WordPress software, full of lots of exciting changes. Some of the changes are more exciting to developers and designers than anyone else, but there are some that the average user will be thrilled with right away. (Plus you’ll be thrilled with what the developers find exciting, too, because it means they can do that much more for you!)
- a very cool drag and drop menu feature (like on the widget management page) based on the navigation styling from Woo Themes. Not only will it make it easier for you to order what goes where on your menu, you’ll be able to easily combine pages, categories, and even specific posts or other links, on the menu. So if you wanted a link to BasicBlogSetup.com to show up on your site’s navigation bar, you could do it in a snap!
- a new default theme – “Twenty Ten” – way more fun than the Kubrick and Class you’re used to.
- custom background support – so with a teensy addition to the code to the default theme, you’ll be able to upload your own custom background. (Some themes, like many of the iThemes, already have this. But for people using the default theme – and others that support this function – this will be huge.)
- author specific templates – so not everything has to look the same.
- new support for child themes, which may not be relevant for everyone, but will be if you are using a theme like Builder.
- and a Welcome Guide to help users get familiar with WordPress. That should make many new users very, very happy.
There are some other new features, such as the ability to host multiple sites on one installation (sort of like WordPress.com does – there are thousands of sites, all on the same domain, WordPress.com) and Custom Post Types, but the average user won’t get going with these right away.
Release of WordPress 3.0 is anticipated in mid-June, which means any day now! Look for my post this afternoon on how to get ready!
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