WordPress 3.0, code-named Thelonious, the thirteenth major release of WordPress has officially been released and is now available for download or, alternatively, you can upgrade within your dashboard.
The features in this release include a lovely new default theme called Twenty Ten. Also, theme developers have new APIs that allow them to easily implement custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus, post types, and taxonomies. These features are all showcased in the default theme, Twenty Ten. Thelonious also include the merging of MU and WordPress, creating the new multi-site functionality which makes it possible to run one blog or ten million from the same installation.
Users will definitely love the new lighter interface, the contextual help on every screen, the 1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements, bulk updates so you can upgrade 15 plugins at once with a single click, and many other features that are shown in the video below released by the developers of WordPress, Automattic.
Expectedly, the staff of WordPress/Automattic won’t immediately rush off to start work on WordPress 3.1. Founder Matt Mullenweg said his team will be taking some time to focus on things other than the core product.
“Over the next three months,” he wrote this morning, “we’re going to split into ninja/pirate teams focused on different areas of the around-WordPress experience, including the showcase, Codex, forums, profiles, update and compatibility APIs, theme directory, plugin directory, mailing lists, core plugins, wordcamp.org… the possibilities are endless… We think this investment of time will give us a much stronger infrastructure to grow WordPress.org for the many tens of millions of users that will join us during the 3.X release cycle.”
What are your feelings about the new WordPress 3.0?