What to expect in WordPress 3.0
This release sees a major change to the core of WordPress whereby WordPress MU is merged with WordPress.org. Now it is possible to have a fully functioning MU version after upgrading to WordPress 3.0.
By default, the changes are not enabled, however adding a simple plugin enables the new MU features which will become evident within your admin panel which will display a new Network Settings page. This will allow you to have multiple blogs like WordPress.com
Custom Post Types
WordPress 3.0 really throws down the gauntlet. The combination of post types and taxonomies now makes WordPress 3.0 a much more robust CMS option. You can now have different types of posts, thereby increasing options for display and sorting operations.
Improved Navigation Menus
Custom Woo Navigation will be included into the core for this release. Drag and drop functionality similar to that of the widget section. The ability to combine Pages, Categories and Links.
New Default Theme
A long overdue make-over for the default theme, sees the introduction of a new theme, the aptly named ‘2010’ – twenty-ten. Boasting a better layout and design with custom background support, the new default template elevates the initial impression of ones first toe-dipping entry into the world of blogging. You simply want to dive in!
Other impressive new features include Author Specific Templates, Username Choice during Installation (a much needed security improvement), a Welcome Guide and Cononical Plugins to improve the longevity of your plugins.