WordPress grows up
with version 3.0
REVIEW: Simple, powerful, flexible—pick two. You really can’t have it all, at
least not with version 3.0 of the popular WordPress blogging platform, which
is set to begin shipping later this month.
By Joe Brockmeier
The WordPress blogging plat- form became popular by making it as simple as pos- sible to publish a personal
blog. Along the way, the project has
become a hit—not only with personal bloggers, but with publishers
WordPress 3.0 comes to terms
with its new audience by adding features that are better suited to a CMS
(content management system) than
to personal Weblogs. The question
for most users is, Will WordPress
3.0 be able to scale to handle the
big dogs, while still retaining the
simplicity for single-user blogs that
has fueled WordPress growth since
its inception in 2003? (WordPress
3.0 is licensed under the GNU GPL
[General Public License] and is freely
Version 3.0 offers a powerful platform, along with the flexibility to
extend it. However, the new features
will probably take a few releases
to be well-integrated with the platform and UI (user interface). The
multiuser features of WordPress 3.0
require some under-the-hood tweaking and a bit more admin elbow
grease than is usual for WordPress
It’s not rocket science, but setting
up multiuser capabilities takes a bit
more wrangling than WordPress
want to customize the platform and/
or scale it to handle a bunch of sites.
WordPress still isn’t quite on par
with Drupal or Joomla as a CMS,
but it seems to be headed in that
direction—and very quickly.
All in all, WordPress 3.0 is a decent
upgrade. The multisite features
merged into the main release justify
the version bump, but it’s business
as usual for most users. What should
be interesting is seeing how the mul-
tisite features push the evolution of
WordPress in the long term.
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users might be expecting. Likewise,
the custom post features are not
trivial to implement. The good news
is that the complexity is related to
features that won’t mar the experi-
ence for personal bloggers.
In fact, most WordPress users
won’t see much difference in 3.0.
The new default theme is much
nicer than the previous defaults, and
it’s handy to be able to customize the
header easily through the UI.
Aside from that, most of the
appeal of WordPress 3.0 is aimed
at developers and organizations that
WordPress provides instructions on fi nalizing multisite features.