WordPress 3.0 Release Candidate 1

May 28, 2010 | 1 Comment

Quickly after WordPress turned 7 this May 27th, the first release candidate of WordPress 3.0 finally comes out.

Two of the biggest new features, custom menus and multi-site support, are in place, while as with the previous beta you’ll notice a much lighter admin area. Also visit this page to check out known issues, and report those others that aren’t on the list.

You can download WP 3.0 RC 1 here or automatically upgrade with the Beta Tester plugin.

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Tip: exclude posts with custom post types

May 25, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Alex King shares a not-so-obvious fact about the upcoming custom post types feature for WordPress 3.0:

No, the real power of custom post types is more subtle – it removes those posts from default queries.

Right now it’s quite cumbersome to set up and get custom post types running on your WordPress blog, but once you get over that hurdle (there are a number of plugins that create a user interface for you) that tip is a great thing to remember. You might have a portfolio section you’d like to keep updated but don’t need to display in the “normal post stream”, or showcase your collection of favorite books, movies, songs you’ve been consuming. Put another way, “custom post types are really pages”…and more. They can be anything you want them to be.

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WordPress 3.0 to drop blog importer and TinyMCE

May 24, 2010 | No Comments Yet

There’s been a bit of a slowdown in the WordPress RC and final release schedule yet again, but here’s an important heads up from this week’s developer chat: In an effort to reduce server memory consumption and delays in the releases, WordPress 3.0 is dropping several core features. One is the WordPress Importer, which can then be installed as a plugin.

Another is the TinyMCE script, the most popular WYSIWYG editor out there. It’s not clear if eliminating it is a permanent move since a lot of people are dependent on creating properly formatted posts with it, but more details should follow when the new WP 3.0 releases come.

Read updates on the rest of the WordPress developer chat for 5-20-10 here.

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Matt’s State of the Word at WordCamp SF 2010

May 14, 2010 | No Comments Yet

If you missed the notes Matt’s keynote address at this year’s WordCamp San Francisco, here’s the full video finally posted at WordPress.tv and embedded above.

Look how far WordPress has come in the span of a year. We’re still awaiting the final release of WordPress 3.0 for the much-touted WordPress MU/Multi Site merge, but we’re also getting a bunch of other exciting, game-changing features such as custom post types, a new default WordPress theme every year, canonical plugins, security checks, and more.

Can’t wait to see what will be added to this keynote when WordCamp Philippines 2010 comes around in October.

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The Jazz Musicians of WordPress

May 11, 2010 | 1 Comment

Carmen McRae

All the major WordPress releases are named after famous jazz musicians. For example, pictured above is Carmen McRae, who was celebrated in WordPress version 2.9. Want to know more about all the artists WordPress honored over time? WPMU.org has a great tip: music discovery engine Last.fm actually has a tag for that, called wordpress-release-jazz.

  • 1.0 Miles Davis
  • 1.2 Charles Mingus
  • 1.5 Billy Strayhorn
  • 2.0 Duke Ellington
  • 2.1 Ella Fitzgerald
  • 2.2 Stan Getz
  • 2.3 Dexter Gordon
  • 2.5 Michael Brecker
  • 2.6 McCoy Tyner
  • 2.7 John Coltrane
  • 2.8 Chet Baker
  • 2.9 Carmen McRae

This means you can listen to these musicians’ songs, watch videos, and check out similar artists with on that site. It’s a great fusion of geekiness and music that the WordPress developers, especially Matt Mullenweg, established, and that aficionados of either or both can enjoy.

See the WordPress Roadmap for a complete list of the jazz musicians honored per release. I wonder whose music we’ll be enjoying when WordPress 3.0 drops.

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WordPress 3.0 Beta 2

May 10, 2010 | No Comments Yet

The second beta of WordPress 3.0 was released May 6. This is a little behind schedule as the Release Candidates should be out by now.

Following the successful post-WordCamp San Francisco code sprint, we are now ready to release the second beta of WordPress 3.0.

The update focuses on improvements to the menu interface and the WordPress importer/exporter. Everyone is encouraged become a beta tester with the help of the beta tester plugin.

Download WordPress 3.0 Beta 2

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Matt Mullenweg WordCamp SF keynote & Mashable interview

May 3, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WP Tavern has posted notes from Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word at the 2010 WordCamp San Francisco. In it, Matt emphasizes the growth of WordPress into one of the most popular content management systems today: from the admin interface, to the number of plugins, to the upcoming features in WordPress 3.0: WordPress MU merge, menu navigation system, custom post types, and more.

Roughly 74% of WordPress sites are being used as blogs and content management systems. This is up from about 40% last year. It’s the fastest growing use case of the software. About 80% of people are making money from WordPress. 22% WordPress is their day job. 18% from custom development and hosting, 12%.

Other things to take from the talk:

  • A new default WordPress theme will be created every year. This year’s Twenty Ten features custom post headers and backgrounds.
  • WordPress should be as accessible as possible: the Post By Email feature will be turned into a canonical plugin.
  • WordPress.org will be redesigned.
  • Release cycles will go from 3 per year to 2.
  • On security issues: Automattic will work with web hosting companies to help protect its WordPress users, via a mailing list, security checks, and a list of best practices.

Mashable also conducted an interview with him, which covers pretty much the same things discussed at WordCamp. Watch it below:

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WordPress 3.0 news roundup

April 29, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordCast has compiled a list of all the WordPress 3.0 articles and and videos they can find. From the official Codex page to video walkthroughs and reviews of the latest features, there’s no longer any reason not to be informed before the final release ships.

Also watch out for their upcoming podcast episode where experts discuss the future of WordPress. For now, the links and videos in the said post will prepare you for that conversation.

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WordPress 3.0 release dates pushed back

April 26, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Per the updated project schedule at the WordPress Development Updates blog, the last couple of release dates for WordPress 3.0, both the release candidates and final versions, have been pushed back by several weeks:

  • May 1: Begin RC
  • May 15: Launch WordPress 3.0

Since we have a beta version already out, the extended wait doesn’t seem so long now. That also means more time to get WordPress plugins and themes ready for the big update.

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WordPress 3.0 Beta 1

April 3, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 3.0 is not far along now, here’s Beta 1! We’ve been covering the many features packed in this release but if you can’t wait, go ahead and take the early release for a spin.

As usual this is the first of the pre-releases before the final version comes out (in a month or so) which means take precautions when using it. If you’d like to help with development through testing, download WordPress 3.0 Beta 1 now.

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A look at WordPress 3.0 custom post types

March 25, 2010 | No Comments Yet

kovshenin.com discusses one of the many new features coming in WordPress 3.0 that will raise its bar as a publishing platform: custom post types.

So what else could be done with WordPress’ Custom Post Types? Well, basically anything. Say you run an online store which of course has some static Pages (such as Contact, About, etc), some blog Posts, cause we’re so 2.0, remember? And Products, which would be a custom post type that contains the product name, description, product price, stock availability, and could even contain inquiries in forms of user comments!

He covers two key code snippets that gets the ball rolling on custom post types: register_post_type (WPEngineer has a great post on it) and custom functions for the edit post screen columns, which are added via a filter and an action:

The action outputs custom columns depending on the type, while the filter simply defines the columns for the Podcasts post type. It’s as simple as that. Note that I trimmed the code a little bit to fit on screen, so you shouldn’t be simply outputing 63:50, but actually count the podcast length 😉

Looks quite simple for those who know their way around PHP, but I expect plugins (and perhaps future releases of WordPress) to integrate interfaces for setting up and customizing post types.

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New features in WordPress 3.0

February 26, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WP Beginner digs into the new features coming in the big WordPress 3.0 release. Also recently, Jane Wells posted a report on the latest developments with the current cycle. Third, WP 3.0 is set to enter feature freeze mode on March 1.

What do these all mean? Now is the best time to get familiar with the new features. As we all know, we’ve got some big ones coming:

(Via WP Tavern)

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Early look at the WordPress 3.0 Menu Management interface

January 29, 2010 | 1 Comment

Over at the WordPress Development Updates blog, there’s an alpha preview of the Menu Management user interface that will be included in WordPress 3.0. Here’s the video:

Here’s a quick preview of the new menu management admin page (still alpha stage).

It highlights the dropdown section, which is the only unfamiliar element. All the rest are borrowed from the widget management screen.

Feedback on the UI is very welcome, either here, or on the dedicated ticket: #11817.

As mentioned in the post by Scribu, the interface is similar to the Widgets page. You can select either a page or a category from its respective dropdown menus, and when clicked it gets sent to the active menu panel on the right. There you can reorder the items. You can also add specific links and the Home link.

This feature can’t come soon enough! People tend to “hack” together site navigation menus in WP themes and for ordinary users editing them is a pain. Making WordPress features more usable through new interfaces like this is always a good thing.

Got feedback or want to keep up with this upcoming WP feature? Bookmark this Trac page.

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WordPress Foundation established

January 22, 2010 | No Comments Yet

The WordPress Foundation has just been launched. It’s inspired by the likes of the Mozilla Foundation, and aims to preserve, protect, and educate with the WordPress platform and related projects.

The WordPress Foundation is a charitable organization founded by Matt Mullenweg to further the mission of the WordPress open source project: to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software.

Aside from this great milestone for WordPress and its community, it’s worth noting that the new site runs on a develoment version of WP 3.0 and the next default theme, 2010. Check it out!

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WordPress Multi User becomes WordPress Multi Site

January 8, 2010 | No Comments Yet

The road to the merger has begun. And the first step is a pretty major one: WordPress Multi User (WPMU) has now been renamed to WordPress Multi Site (WPMS). I mentioned in a previous post that the WPMU term “multi-user” in the context of a typical WordPress install could be confusing, so it’s great that they got this out of the way immediately. “Multi-site” is much better.

Another major change that’s been made: the old WPMU term “Site Admin” has also been renamed to “Super Admin”—again, to erase confusion between WordPress single-user and multi-site jargon.

These and other important topics were discussed in the January 7 WordPress Dev Chat on IRC, and WordPress Tavern has a fantastic report on it. Some tidbits:

  • There is no ETA on WordPress 3.0 yet
  • WordPress MU MS 2.9.1 is just around the corner
  • Work on The Merge has begun
  • Canonical plugins “need a community of developers like the core to survive”
  • Priorities for WordPress 3.0 include: The Merge, menus, custom post types, the new default theme, core plugin integration; Media “will not happen” in said version
  • WordPress.org will be redesigned starting “sometime in late February”

Exciting times for the future of WordPress, and it’s all happening this 2010!

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Discuss features you’d like to see in WordPress 3.0

December 26, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Even during Christmastime the WordPress team is hard at work planning for the next version of WordPress. Version 3.0 will definitely be a big release with the merging of WordPress MU into the core, but they’d also like to map out as early as now other features to be included.

Easy blog menu management, dynamic image resize/crop, media upload UI redesign (begun in 2.9 but postponed for implementation due to technical issues), photo albums, custom content type UI and API, supercharging queries (cross-taxonomies), categories/tags for pages, auto-taxonomy UI, custom fields UI (possibly to be registered by themes or plugins for something to be displayed), settings UI redesign, improve the upgrade process (inc. distros for specific use types), SVN awareness, canonical plugins and a UI for displaying them, plugin page redesign, themes UI redesign, comments UI touchup, decouple language updates and files, new default theme, choose your own start page, caps lock detection, accessibility admin theme, mobile admin theme, synching custom fields > taxonomies, exif refresh, role management simplification, credits page in app, default custom types (microblog, galleries, asides), admin bar, front end comment moderation, front end posting (a la P2), better importers, widget installer, importer installer, more inline documentation, built-in “Welcome to WordPress” guide for 1st time admin use/checklist (set settings, add profiles, set up comment options, dashboard modules, add widgets, pick a theme, etc) with ability to dismiss as you move through, better help tab, more template tags, better zone selector, new code editor, XSL for RSS feeds (pretty feeds), bulk user creation (lazy load importer?), below post widgets, image importing, HTML validation, customizable comment form, Twitter and Flickr importers, WordPress capitalization catcher, configurable QuickPress configurable (add categories), more dashboard modules, easy linking to internal content when writing new content in editor, audit of error messages and updating them to be clearer revisions for custom fields and taxonomies… the list is endless, really, because there are so many cool things we could do. But which ones *should* we do? And specifically, which should we do in 3.0? Discuss!

Whew, what a huge (and not so readable) list! The important thing is to figure out what should go into the core and what can be better served as a plugin. Discuss it in this thread. And if you’re interested in joining the weekly IRC chat, the topic for the next one will be the same. It’s great to see that no time is wasted looking ahead and to the next iteration of WordPress.

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Discuss the future of the new Default WordPress theme

December 22, 2009 | No Comments Yet

There’s been talk about changing the Default WordPress theme (called Kubrick, for those who aren’t aware) when WordPress 3.0 comes out, around the middle of 2010. It’s gotten a lot of people excited, but the details aren’t set in stone yet. As with most things in the WordPress development timeline, Jane Wells and the rest of the team are asking the community to sound off on what the next Default WordPress theme should be like.

Should it be a new framework? Should it be an updated Kubrick? Should it have two sidebars or three? Should it come with a boatload of customization options? Should it stay minimal? There are a lot of questions to ask and answer.

Already there are a lot of ideas in the forum thread, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to chime in. Eventually there probably will be more structure to the decision making process such as the community polls we had for various WP features, but this free-for-all is a great way to get started, to get all the ideas out there. Jump in, the water’s great!

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WordPress MU merging with WordPress in version 3.0

December 4, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress MU logo

Donncha O’Caoimh writes about what might be the last merging of code from WordPress (2.9 beta 1) to the WordPress MU (2.8.6) Trunk. He writes later on in a comment that WP MU will merge with WP in version 3.0:

It’s probably the last big merge because WP and MU will be merged in WordPress 3.0

He’s talked about it before but now another confirmation of the WP version to look forward to when this merge happens. Since we’re still waiting for version 2.9 to come out though, the date for the next release will take a while. In any case, a good heads-up for those running WP MU or planning to.

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10 things coming in WordPress 2.9

November 12, 2009 | 1 Comment

We’ve talked about WordPress 2.9 quite a bit already, but Aaron Brazell of Technosailor has a comprehensive list of new features and things to expect when that upgrade notice arrives on your dashboard. He classifies each item according area: themes, plugins, users, and system.

Another important thing to note is that in WordPress 3.0, running PHP 5 will be a requirement. That’s not until a several months from now, but it’s good to be ready.

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WordPress and WordPress MU to merge!

June 2, 2009 | 3 Comments

Update (06/03/09): Matt himself left this comment:

While WordPress.org-the-website will include more BuddyPress features, that was a separate announcement from the elimination of MU and bringing its code into core WP.

Update (06/02/09): Lorelle VanFossen has a different interpretation of the cryptic merger. It’s anybody’s guess at this point, it seems.

WordCamp San Francisco 2009

At WordCamp San Francisco, where Matt Mullenweg delivered his annual State of the Word keynote, he announced that WordPress and WordPress MU (multi-user) will be merging in the near future. Apparently he told users to “watch out for version 3.0”. There weren’t many details given during the event, which means we’re left to speculate on how this merger will actually happen.

Still, WordPress MU has been less accessible to the ordinary users compared to WordPress given its feature requirements. And BuddyPress, which runs on top of WordPress MU, is a very appealing CMS for those interested in building communities and social networks. So integrating multi-user features into the WordPress is great news.

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