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Posted on March 29th, 2010 by Kevin Partner

Looking forward to WordPress 3

wordpress3WordPress 3 has been slated for release in May and, although this version won’t be an entirely new animal there are a couple of significant changes I’m looking forward to.

Firstly, the MU (multi-user) version is being merged into the mainstream product. WordPress MU enables a single installation to power multiple sites, assuming these sites use the same plugins. MU is the technology behind WordPress.com and is ideally suited to single organisations that want to allow users/members/staff to have their own blogs. The roadmap is clear: soon there will be only one.

Version 3 will include “Custom Post Types”. WordPress currently supports two types, Posts and Pages, but in the new version it will be possible to create any post type you like, with the help of a plugin. For example, let’s say you want to have a Parts catalogue: in 3 it’ll be possible to create a new type of post called “Parts” that will contain the appropriate fields. This will hugely improve WordPress’ capability to support different types of content without fudging. You’ll also be able to create custom templates for each Author in your blog – for example including their signature/picture.

The menu system is being completely overhauled so that you will be able to drag and drop pages, posts and categories in a similar way to the widget management screen.

The existing default theme, a study in boredom, is making way for a much smarter, easily customisable default. It’s long seemed ironic to me that the worst theme I’ve ever seen was the one that was installed by default, so this is a long overdue improvement.

Version 3 includes a number of other more minor changes, including allowing you to change the default user from “Admin” to your choice and easier management of a theme’s background graphic.

I’m a huge fan of WordPress but I don’t believe that this update, useful though it is, does enough to open it up to non-technical users. It ought to be possible to change the design from within the Admin Control Panel without having to fish into the code but, to do this, I currently have to use the paid-for Thesis theme. There’s still a lot to be done to encourage users to customise their blogs more radically and effectively – it’s still all too easy to identify a WordPress site within moments because even simple design changes require knowledge of CSS. Roll on WordPress 4!

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8 Responses to “ Looking forward to WordPress 3 ”

  1. Bill Masson Says:
    March 29th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    With the MU version being merged into the mainstream product, will this allow me to hook up all of my wp blogs? Or will there be additional work involved, or is this latest addition only good for wp mu users?

    Thanks’ in advance

     
  2. cheap jordans Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Wordpress 3 is convenient to use for my blog..thanks !

     
  3. Alperian Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    But if one needs XAMP to run it, then surely it automatically excludes non-technical users?
    Wordpress template and plugin customisation is fantastic on a self-install.

    Will it ‘grow’ wider use of WP through second level company hosting (MU), or corporate personnel biographies, diaries etc?

     
  4. Juegos Says:
    April 12th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Nothing about the speed, page loading time, hope to be on their list.

     
  5. Weblog Tools Says:
    April 19th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I have a load of self hosted wordpress blogs,using Thesis, be great if I could run them all off wordpress 3. I wonder.

     
  6. Ernie Leseberg Says:
    May 4th, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Personally I think the new features are great in really turning WP into a CMS, and not just a blog engine.

     
  7. Erk Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Hi there!

    For all of you who can’t wait any longer. I set up a demo installation of the current developer’s release. It’s available at http://wordpress3-demo.1336.de/ (user: wp3demo, pass: 1336_wp3demo). It is automatically reset every half an hour so feel free to do whatever you want.

    Greetings,
    Erk

     
  8. Ammer Naber Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Custom post types will greatly improve on WP’s ability to more closely resemble a true CMS. Currently the only way to achieve a custom post type is through the use of custom fields and hacked template files. Now we will have the ability to make a robust e-commerce site with intuitive easily administered product detail page types. I cant wait!

     

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