WordPress 3.0 Beta Now Available, a Look at What’s New

Auttomatic has announced the arrival of the Next version of it’s popular blogging Platform: WordPress.

The WordPress 3.0 will go through a number of Beta iterations before releasing taking the shape of the final version. Today arrives the first Beta for testers: WordPress 3.0 Beta 1.

Of course there’s alot of new stuff in here that we are excited about. Right now it’s not ready for the prime time but sure you can play around to get a flavor of what’s coming.

What’s New in WordPress 3.1:

  1. Merge of WordPress MU + WordPress.org: So now you can have multiple sites in one installation.
  2. Custom Post Types/Better CMS: This was originally a Feature planned for wordpress 2.9, but due to some technical difficulties, this feature did not make it in. but now WordPress 3.0 will be Combining Post Types and Taxonomies will make WordPress a much more robust CMS option. This feature will allow you to have different type of posts for example Product listing, portflios and then Normal blog posts, which is a  Great feature indeed.
  3. Better Navigation Menus: Custom Woo Navigation will be included to the core in this release in order to allow for better menu management.
  4. New Default Theme: WordPress 3.0 comes with a new default theme known as 2010. From this year on, the goal is to have a new theme for every year. Wondering what the new 2010 theme would look like?
  5. More customization: Custom Background Support: Support for custom background can be called by adding a line in your functions.php.
  6. Author Specific Templates:  In WordPress 3.0, you can create specific templates for each author. The function get_author_template(); has been expanded in wp-includes/theme.php.
  7. Canonical Plugins: Canonical plugins are developed by a community instead of one developer, so if one person steps down, the plugin does not die.

So apart from what is said, The current Beta 1 is limited, and here is the breakdown of what’s done and what’s haf-baked: (Missing stuff would be available in 3.0 Beta 2, scheduled for next week)

  • The custom menus system (Appearance > Menus) is not yet there, it would be available in Beta 2.
  • WordPress and WordPress MU have merged. Though a lot needs to be finalized and validated.
  • We’re still fiddling with a few small things in the UI, as we were focused on getting the more function-oriented code finished first. For example, we’re getting a new icon for the Super Admin section.
  • The new Default theme: Twenty Ten, including the custom background and header options is available and ready to be played with.
  • Custom Post Type functionality is fully there.

If you are all set to get going with WordPress 3.0 Beta, Download the WordPress 3.0 Beta 1 with the beta tester plugin.

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