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Get Ready for WordPress 3.0

WordPress logoThose of you who actively look at what kind of news is presented to you in your WordPress dashboard already know WordPresss 3.0 beta 1 is released just before the weekend. Even though the actual release of WordPress 3.0 will be at least a couple of weeks away, it’s good to be prepared to the new stuff which WordPress 3.0 will bring to the table.

You of course already knew WordPress 3.0 will be sporting a brand new default theme, named Twenty Ten, but there are quite a few more new features that can improve your WordPress experience. Instead of listing every single feature, I thought it would be nice to make a list of those who already wrote about WordPress 3.0.

Custom Post Types

The Custom Post Type feature will make it possible to have a certain type of post show up with only those features that you really need when writing a post. I think Dougal sums it up very nicely:

A nice feature of custom post types is that you can customize which pieces of the editor appear for them. Don’t need excerpts? Turn them off. Don’t need post thumbnails (I mean “featured images”) or custom fields? Turn them off. Want to just use the excerpt field, and eliminate the WYSIWYG editor? You can do that.

More reading on Custom Post Types


There’s been a lot of talk about new Menu feature and the way it looks now is certainly not set in stone yet, but you get a pretty good feel of what the WordPress 3.0 Menu function will look like after having looked at this video.

Multisite / Network

One of the first things we knew about WordPress 3.0 is that is would merge the stand-alone version of WordPress with the Multi User version we all know as WordPress MU. Alongside with Custom Post Types this to me is the best feature of WordPress 3.0.

More info can be found here

Custom Background

A very clever feature which will find it’s way to a lot of themes, I’m sure, is the custom background feature. With this feature you can quite easily change the background of your design by simply uploading a preferred image and activating it. Twenty Ten already has this feature built in.


I haven’t even scratched the surface when it comes to the total list of all the new stuff WordPress 3.0 will bring us, but I’m sure there’s plenty of information available behind all the links in this post that will help you get a good feel of what WordPress 3.0 is going to do for you. Should you be interested in all the new features than be sure to check out the WordPress 3.0 on the Codex. If you want to help out testing be sure to download the beta and any and all bugs you encounter can be reported via the wp-testers mailing list.

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  1. Frank Mulder ) says: 4/6/2010

    I started to test WP 3.0beta on a testserver,
    found some weird change/bug.

    In < wp2.9 when opening a maincategory you'll get all post from main+subcategory.
    In wp 3.0 beta you it only returns the posts from the maincategory.


    • Remkus de Vries ) says: 4/6/2010

      Hi Frank, good to see you here too. I’m not aware of anything changing in the category menu. I added information at the bottom of this post where to report bugs. If and when you encounter them.


      • Frank Mulder ) says: 4/7/2010

        I’ve found the problem, it has something to do with export – import
        It was solved by editting one of the categories, seems WP needs a reminder that is has subcategories :)


  2. Garen ) says: 4/8/2010

    Awesome. I think the custom background is a good addition that has been a long time coming now. I have briefly read a couple new features but this is really great!


  3. Codrut Turcanu ) says: 4/8/2010

    Good. I can’t wait to test the new menu and multi-site options :)


    • Remkus ) says: 4/9/2010

      Have you worked with WordPress MU before? Because all in all it’s really not that different from that..


  4. Julius says: 4/8/2010

    I’m particularly looking forward to the Custom Post Type feature. I also hope WordPress 3.0 would have enhanced accessibility features.


    • Remkus ) says: 4/9/2010

      Custom Post Type is a feature that has great potential indeed. What kind of enhanced accessibility features are you looking for Julius?


  5. says: 6/20/2010

    WordPress 3.0 works perfectly, but I am still missing the way to save different sets of plugins and only having to turn on or off the set, I am missing the ability to quick select the categories, just start typing the name of the category and this is filter for easier selection, I am missing a better image resizing or editing, anyway, I love wordpress.


  6. Trang M. Bookhardt says: 2/11/2011

    Interesting… Do you think this trend will continue? I would love to hear the medical advice . Cheers!


  7. Jaki Levy says: 5/9/2011

    These are great WordPress resources – I actually just started digging into a really really solid book on WordPress 3.0. It’s got some really nice code samples, and is written by a few pro WordPress developers (including some from Envato). I’m actually giving away 2 copies of the e-book on my site – check out the details about the e-book and the giveaway here – I think you’ll dig it :


  8. Adriana says: 2/25/2012

    thanks for share!


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