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Thursday, 17 June 2010

WordPress 3.0 is Released

Earlier today WordPress 3.0 was launched and made available as a free download, you can download a free copy via the link at the bottom of this post.

The major new features:

  • A new default theme called Twenty Ten

  • New developer API‚Äôs

  • Simultaneous updates for plugins

  • The MU and WordPress merger!

This new version of WordPress includes a much improved new default theme called Twenty Ten. Theme developers have new APIs that allow them to easily implement custom backgrounds, headers, short-links, menus (no more file editing), post types, and taxonomies. Developers and network admins will appreciate the long-awaited merge 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. This new version has seen 1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements in total.

There have been several new releases of WordPress over the past year, WordPress 3.0 includes a lot more new features than with other updates and the development team, that now includes 218 developers, will be taking a break from development for a while to concentrate more on integration.
We’re going to take a release cycle off to focus on all of the things around WordPress. The growth of the community has been breathtaking, including over 10.3 million downloads of version 2.9, but so much of our effort has been focused on the core software it hasn’t left much time for anything else. Over the next three months 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. The goal of the teams isn’t going to be to make things perfect all at once, just better than they are today. 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.

If you haven't already upgraded to WordPress, whaddya waiting for? You can download a full zip file here.
Downloading the zip file is suitable for manual upgrade, while if you are upgrading automatically like most of us will, you can upgrade directly from your WordPress admin area.

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