WordPress has recently released a new version, WordPress 3.0 codenamed Thelonious. Well, it was a much hyped release and I think its worth it. Let’s see in detail.
Changes or new features in WordPress 3.0:
- The all new default Twenty Ten Theme
- Now you can set a custom username and password during the installation
- WordPress and WordPress MU have been combined into one. Now multiple WordPress sites can be managed from one WordPress installation
- Ability to use a Custom Header. Now you can upload an image and use it in header
- Custom background
- New Custom Menu feature
- Lighter admin color scheme
- Plus many more features, bug fixes, etc.
- Check out the complete list of changelog for 3.0
So if you don’t have yet upgraded to WordPress to 3.0, then do it now. If you are not so geeky, then use the auto update feature. Upgrading WordPress just takes one minute, yes, just one minute. And you get a complete set of new features.
Now let’s look at the new default theme of WordPress 3.0, named Twenty Ten. This new theme utilizes the full advantages of the current new features of WordPress.
Its a whole new concept. Now you are not limited to just create new pages, but now you can create a new menu and link them to either external websites or internal pages. Now create your own custom navigation. The outcome of creating a customized menu would be like this:
To create a sub menu, simply drag and drop it under another menu. Love this new feature, now linking to pages is so easy.
Twenty Ten Theme:
Its the one and only and the default theme of WordPress 3.0. Thanks they dumped the age old Kubrick theme.
This new Twenty Ten theme offers many new features which you must have never seen. Just because of this theme you can use a custom background and use a custom header image.
This feature is used by some themes, but still its good to see this in the default theme. This feature will help to use a custom background image or color.
From here you can select a color for the background or you can also upload an image and use that image as a background. Choose a background wisely, many people like background which is cool on eyes.
You can also insert a custom header image file. You can select anyone image from the options given or upload a file from your Computer and use it as a header. Now if you are the owner of a Company, then using the Company’s logo or customized logo becomes so easy, and we don’t need any programmer or graphic designer to do this. Its just so simple. Just take a note that if the image size is 940 × 198 pixels, then its great or otherwise in the next step you’ll need to crop it.
What’s so special in this ? Yes it’s something special in here.What makes widgets worth mentioning here is that here you can use widgets in different areas and not just in the sidebar. You can also insert Widgets in the footer of the page. So try out this all new widgets feature and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to insert widgets in the different parts of the Blog.
So now you see why its worth using this new Twenty Theme of WordPress 3.0. Best of all, its free, as we know it. Blogging is fun and thanks to this new version of WordPress, everyone can setup it, use it and customize it.