For web designers and bloggers (like myself), the release of WordPress 3.0 has been one of the more anticipated platform upgrades since the original creation of WordPress. The beast of the blogging platforms has a plethora of priceless features packed into the 3.0 release. Here is a sneak peak at the top 5 features included in WordPress 3.0:
- Custom Backgrounds — The ability to easily add a custom background to your website is one of the biggest features added to WordPress 3.0. With just a few clicks and/or uploads you afforded the opportunity to uniquely customize the look and feel of your website.
- Custom Headers — Finally, the opportunity to easily add unique headers to your favorite templates and themes. This new version of WordPress allows you to control the header you utilize through an easy-to-access selection in your admin panel.
- Custom Nav Menus — In the previous versions of WordPress, you either had to download navigation plugins or edit code in order to get a customized navigation menu. However, in this release there is an easy-to-use section in your admin panel that uses a drag and drop method for you to organize a custom navigation menu (and create many menu as well).
- Author Specific Template — This is one of the coolest features out there; especially for a website or blog that has multiple contributors/authors. In WordPress 3.0, you are now able to create various templates for various authors which is a significant advantage if you have two different style of writers or multiple writers that need a different template for their posts.
- Merger of WordPress and WordPress Multi-User (Mu) — This is the be all-end all feature of WordPress 3.0; the merging of WPMU and WordPress. Website owners are now able to provide/run multiple WordPress sites from one single installation.
Overall, there are a ton of features for the new WordPress 3.0 that will significantly make your life easier as a website owner. However, there is still a lot of coding involved to make sure that everything works appropriately. With that said, please make sure you contact your web developer to discuss what features you would like implemented with the new version of WordPress 3.0.