WordPress 3.0 is here!

If you are a WordPress user like us, today is a very exciting day for you.  WordPress 3.0 has finally launched!  WordPress 3.0, also know “Thelonious” has just been released after a half a year of work.  This is the 13th major release of WordPress and it has a number of awesome new features!

Among the major parts of WordPress 3.0 is the merging of MU and WordPress.  This allows you to control multiple WordPress blogs from a single install, something I will likely be taking advantage of very soon.  You can run as many WordPress blogs from a single install as you like, even millions if you choose.

There are a ton of other updates including a new default theme called Twenty Ten, but my favorite new feature so far is the Updates section of the Dashboard.  Here you can easily upgrade your blog install when a new version comes out as well as update all of your outdated plugins at once if you wish.  This isn’t necessarily new since this functionality was in the last release but it is now much easier to use.  Before, if you wanted to upgrade your plugins in bulk, rather than being apart of the plugins page, it was buried in the tools menu.  Now, accessing it is much more intuitive and for those who want to upgrade plugins from the actual plugins page, that option is now available for doing in bulk although I think having a specific page where you can do all of your updates (wordpress, themes and plugins) is really nice.

Current WordPress users who host their own blogs can upgrade their old install from the tools menu.  If you are a new user, you can download the new version here.  WordPress.com users will be upgraded automatically with no intervention from you.

There are a ton of new features which you can find listed here.  If you would like to see some of the changes, check out the video below.


What do you think of the changes? Do you like the new look? Are you even a WordPress user? Let us know in the comments!