Well, it is time to update your blogs… The much-anticipated WordPress 3.0 has just been released!
I love WordPress with all my heart. I use it to run almost all of my websites, from client sites to my portfolio to of course, this site right here. It is so versatile, customizable, and easy to use – it would be almost impossible for me to run my business so easily without WordPress.
What are some of my favorite new features of WordPress 3.0?
– The new default theme. TwentyTen is pretty! And pretty functional, too. As far as I can tell, it has a customizable header graphic (it comes with 8 of its own, and you can upload more or use their “header” panel to create a new one!) along with being widget ready (those neat things in your sidebar) and other cool features. Not anything to get too excited about, since it is just the default theme – BUT having a new default theme has been a long time coming!
– Post Tags and Updates are easily accessible. Up until now, post tags were added and changed from within a new post. Now? Post tags have their own menu, just like categories. Updates is also available on your dashboard, so if you have multiple plugins that need updates all at once, you can do them AT THE SAME TIME. Talk about time-saving!
– Built-in shortlink generator. You know all of those URLs that you see that contain tinyurl.com, cli.gs, bit.ly, etc. that redirect a short URL to a longer one? Well now WordPress will let you do that yourself, from within a new post!
– Custom menu! Finally, you can add whatever you want to your top menu bar, from an individual category, to post tags, pages, posts, and even (HELLO!) custom links! I love this feature…
– WordPress MU merged with WordPress. This might not mean a lot to you, but it is something I am considering switching to. Essentially, it means you can run an entire network of blogs – from 2 to 2000 – from ONE WordPress installation. Yes, you install it once, login once, and you can manage everything from one single control panel. Sweet, no?
There are plenty more features in WordPress 3.0… You should take a look, and upgrade now! Even the new Dashboard is pretty!
Just make sure to back up your existing installation before you upgrade! If you don’t know how to do this, ask your host or use Google – you can find lots of resources on how to properly back things up. You probably won’t need the backup files, but if something goes wrong, you don’t want to lose ALL of your content when you switch over!