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Old 06-17-2010, 01:02 PM   #1
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WordPress 3.0 (aka Thelonius) was released today. It includes many new features and sports a new default theme called Twenty Ten.

WordPress now has built-in menus, provision for different types of posts, and easily customizable site structures. WP MultiUser (MU) is now part of the basic software; it allows one to “run one blog or ten million from the same installation,” to quote from the intro. It has what the update team refers to as a lighter interface, contextual help on every admin screen, and “1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements.”

I have just begun to look at it, so cannot attest to any claims, but so far so good.

The new default theme, like others before it, is fixed width, which I view as user-hostile. It is also very wide (landscape-ish). But older themes seem to work all right (guess that depends on how customized they have been, however) so no need to jump into the new default.

   
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I tested 3.0 since beta 2 and found it so show some good code improvements over 2.x but I have not yet tested the multi user facility. I will probably use this on our family blog site.

Most previous templates work OK - and fixed width at 950-1,000px is getting to be the "standard" for new websites these days with the (seemingly) almost univeral adoption of jQuery driven graphics. Flexible can still included for hand helds & mobiles.

Most importantly with this version of WP is supposedly enhanced security and the ability at last to remove the requirement to use the "admin" username.

   
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… and fixed width at 950-1,000px is getting to be the "standard" for new websites these days with the (seemingly) almost univeral adoption of jQuery driven graphics. Flexible can still included for hand helds & mobiles.
Surely one can use CSS to control the width for standard screens? If not, it leaves me gasping.

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Most importantly with this version of WP is supposedly enhanced security and the ability at last to remove the requirement to use the "admin" username.
And that last is a great improvement!

   
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Did the upgrade go easily? I must bite the bullet for my so-far only public site.
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Did the upgrade go easily? I must bite the bullet for my so-far only public site.
After Kelvyn’s encouragement a few updates ago, I opted for the automatic method. Had to supply FTP information, but now updates take about 45 seconds and so far have gone flawlessly.

Do make sure to have a recent backup anyway, but so far no problems.

   
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That's good to know - I have upgraded plug-ins in situ, but not yet WP itself. And of course your reminder about having a backup is timely!
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That's good to know - I have upgraded plug-ins in situ, but not yet WP itself. And of course your reminder about having a backup is timely!
With this version of WP it even auto-updates the plug-ins.

They really do seem to be thinking about process here.

   
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Yes, updating is so easy now. And there seem to be no issues with backwards compatibility either.

   
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Well, I took the plunge, and it has installed second time around - I had to go in and delete the update folder after one failed attempt. The site looks fine and I haven't found any problems yet.
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