WordPress version 3.0 is almost ready, with what is most likely the last release candidate, RC3 made available just a couple of days back.
Already the leading blogging platform, the new release will strengthen its capabilities as an Ecommerce and CMS platform. Here are some features we found interesting in making the new WordPress release a better Content Management and Ecommerce website design platform.
So what’s new in WordPress 3.0?
Enhanced security: In earlier versions, each user was assigned a default “admin” user name for logging in along with an arbitrary password. In WordPress 3.0, the user selects a name of their choice post installation. Finally a basic security flaw corrected.
The Twenty Ten default theme: WordPress has a new default theme. The font is Georgia. It comprises of menus, columns, footers and sidebars providing users with more options than the earlier default theme.
Custom backgrounds: Add your own background header image. Easily customize the image from the admin section.
Manage multiple sites: The merged WordPress core and WordPress Multiuser now allow multiple sites or blogs from a single installation. Large networks of WordPress based sites are now easier to manage.
A more dynamic CMS: Users can post content of almost any type including listings, features, reviews and more in different formats. Earlier versions offered ability to post as pages, new topics and comments. This feature opens up new ways to displaying content.
Better organization: Custom taxonomies will now be more flexible to use including hierarchical settings. WP 3.0 now allows sub categories and sub headings, a great option for building Ecommerce websites.
Improved menu administration: The new menu manager enables easy creation of multiple menus, categories and inter-linking pages. All one uses is a simple drag and drop facility. Another much needed feature for Ecommerce sites.
Author templates: WordPress 3.0 gives each author one’s due with specific templates for each author to mark one’s entry with one’s own signature.
WordPress 3.0 is a step in the right direction. It moves the WordPress platform moving forward from a predominantly blogging platform to a more capable open source CMS. WordPress designers and developers now have a more versatile tool in their hands.