You might have noticed the WordPress 3.0 has been released recently, and your WordPress site administration section might be prompting you to upgrade. We’re really excited about this release of WordPress, but unfortunately there’s a proviso to consider:
Because this is a significant release of WordPress, there have been a number of changes to the way it works, and this is likely to mean that an automatic upgrade could be unsuccessful for you, and may cause problems with your site.
The previous version of WordPress which you’re running is still a secure and bug free release of WordPress. We believe that Automattic, the company that supports WordPress, will continue to offer security and bug-fix releases for the current version to support the upgrade gap in WordPress 3.0.
While we don’t recommend that you try upgrading your WordPress install without having an expert check it for readiness, we’d love to support you in taking a look at some of the new features that WordPress 3.0 offers and making sure you’re ready to upgrade if you feel it’s necessary. WordPress 3.0 offers new features to help you make your site more social, organise your content better and much more:
- WordPress and WordPress MU have merged, allowing the management of multiple sites (called Multisite) from one WordPress installation.
- Set themes, enable plugins, and manage users across multiple blogs with one click
- New custom menu management feature allows the creation of dynamic menus combining posts, pages, categories, tags, and custom links for use in theme navigation or widgets.
- Custom headers and backgrounds.
- Child Themes, a simple and effective way to set individual style and function changes without affecting the original theme.
- Expanded Widget support allows for custom sidebar content such as Recent Posts or Latest Comments.
- Contextual help text accessed under the Help tab of every screen in the WordPress administration.
- Support for shortlinks.
- Improved Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies including hierarchical (category-style) support. (Try the Custom Post Type UI or GD Custom Posts and Taxonomies Tools plugins to see the possibilities.)
- A lighter admin color scheme to increase accessibility and put the focus more squarely on your content.
The above is straight from the WordPress site, so if it seems a bit technical for you, just get in touch and we’ll talk you through the exciting changes.
Please drop us a line if you’d like to engage us to check your installation for upgrade readiness and to run the upgrade itself. We can’t offer a fixed rate for this, I’m afraid, as WordPress installs vary in size, shape and complexity, but we’d love to help out.