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WordPress 3.0 Released

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the now-even-wordier dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "WordPress 3.0, the thirteenth major release of WordPress and the culmination of half a year of work by 218 contributors, is now available for download and comes with 1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements. Major new features in this release include a new default theme called Twenty Ten. Theme developers have new APIs that allow them easily to implement custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus (no more file editing), post types, and taxonomies."

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Thanks Wordpress (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32605656)

Well, anything that helps create more blogs is a good thing. There are still literally dozens of housewives out there *NOT* letting us know that Jeremy pooped in his potty for the first time today.

Re:Thanks Wordpress (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32605708)

My god! You exist! Someone who actually believes tools control people.

"I don't kill people, guns do!"

Re:Thanks Wordpress (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32605758)

Actually, I've met many tools who control people. Here is a picture [wikipedia.org] of one of them.

Re:Thanks Wordpress (2, Insightful)

steelfood (895457) | more than 4 years ago | (#32608012)

I think that looks more like a person controlling tools to me.

Re:Thanks Wordpress (1)

enoz (1181117) | more than 4 years ago | (#32608524)

A tool using his *magical and revolutionary* tools to control tools.

Re:Thanks Wordpress (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32605786)

Wow, Stupid Anonymous Cowards exist! You don't believe a tool that is easier to use could lead to more people being able to use it? You are just trolling and want to get your racist right wing anti-not-shooting people views crammed into anything, don't you? (See, this AC can also associate far-fetchedly.)

Re:Thanks Wordpress (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32605976)

Blaming WordPress for crappy blogs is like blaming furniture when you stumble over it.

Grab a grip man.

Re:Thanks Wordpress (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32606118)

So, let me reiterate: You don't believe a tool that is easier to use could lead to more people being able to use it?

Re:Thanks Wordpress (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32606538)

The tool is neutral dumbass.

I don't blame your keyboard for your stupidity, not matter how easy it makes it for you to clash "wits" with trolls.

Re:Thanks Wordpress (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32605744)

man, fuck you

Re:Thanks Wordpress (3, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32605842)

Now, now, that's no way to talk in front of Jeremy.

Re:Thanks Wordpress (3, Informative)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 4 years ago | (#32605788)

Yes, because god knows those are the only types of blogs in existence...

Re:Thanks Wordpress (-1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32605892)

You're right. I forgot about the douchebag who wants to let the world know about that club bouncer who was being a total *dick* to him last night, and how he didn't really want to be in that stupid club anyway.

Re:Thanks Wordpress (2, Interesting)

ale_ryu (1102077) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606380)

You guys do have a point, but it's not always like that. I installed wordpress last week for the first time and I find it awesome. My blog is not actually about what happens to me or my dog, I use it as an online curriculum, I have only made a single post (not much free time right now) but it's an interesting way to promote yourself when you're a freelance developer. You can show your work and past experiences in an informal yet acceptable way. Of course there's always going to be one useful blog for every 1298389238 blogs about pets and babies and funny youtube videos,but the whole internet is like that, not just the blogs.

Re:Thanks Wordpress (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32606596)

A curriculum for what? A course in learning how to create yet another abandoned single-post blog? Like there aren't a billion of those already.

Re:Thanks Wordpress (5, Informative)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 4 years ago | (#32607096)

No kidding! All [discovermagazine.com] blogs [scienceblogs.com] are [wildyeastblog.com] worthless [calculatedriskblog.com] . AMIRITE??

Re:Thanks Wordpress (1)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 3 years ago | (#32610624)

Either most people have migrated their douchebaggery to social networking sites; or those types of blogs have become far less visible.

You're Absolutely Right (4, Funny)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 4 years ago | (#32605914)

How easy it is to implement a blog is always a sure indicator of that blog's content quality. I have found that the blogs which are hard-coded from scratch using vi atop LAMP hacked onto a toaster oven are inevitably post-modern literary masterpieces.

Software developers and computer hobbyists inevitably make the best writers, don't you agree?

Re:You're Absolutely Right (1)

Joe Tie. (567096) | more than 4 years ago | (#32610468)

Well, yes. I'm interested in software and computers. So someone running a blog on their toaster will have a lot more that I'm interested in than a housewife with a masters degree in english lit.

Re:Thanks Wordpress (0, Troll)

tpstigers (1075021) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606162)

Kiss my poop-encrusted ass, you wanker.

- Jeremy

Re:Thanks Wordpress (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32607150)

While it's *so* much more enlightened to post your spew on /. about people who post spew on a personal page.

Re:Thanks Wordpress (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 4 years ago | (#32608416)

Wrong use case. It's important to know about your friends' kids' bowel habits in real time. That's why thoughtful parents use Twitter. Blogs should be reserved for more analytical [bit.ly] communications.

Re:Thanks Wordpress (1)

JeremyDuffy (1024241) | more than 3 years ago | (#32611334)

I resent that. I haven't pooped in weeks!

Wordperfect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32605668)

I thought it said WordPerfect. What a weird feeling that was.

Re:Wordperfect (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32605718)

Wow, I googled it and was surprised to discover it was actually still around. I though Corel had disappeared years ago.

My first word processor software...brings back so many memories.

Re:Wordperfect (1)

thoughtsatthemoment (1687848) | more than 4 years ago | (#32605836)

I am surprised it hasn't defeated Word on Mac.

Re:Wordperfect (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 4 years ago | (#32605982)

WordPerfect for Mac? I don't know that it exists, much less is poised to defeat Word on that platform. I'd love to get it, though, as I am stuck using WordPerfect 12 at work and can't readily open and edit files at home because I'm all-Mac there.

Re:Wordperfect (1)

thoughtsatthemoment (1687848) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606128)

I don't know about that either. It's just in my imagination WordPerfect should have gone on to another battlefield and claimed victory already.

Re:Wordperfect (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606348)

There used to be a WordPerfect for Mac, because that's what I used during the 90s. There was also a WordPerfect for the Commodore Amiga that I used a lot.

Re:Wordperfect (1)

m.ducharme (1082683) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606126)

Corel gave up supporting Wordperfect on the Mac several years ago, much to my chagrin.

Re:Wordperfect (1)

Paracelcus (151056) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606116)

I really hated that blank blue screen, was a Wordstar user.

Re:Wordperfect (1)

Knara (9377) | more than 4 years ago | (#32607176)

Fuck yeah joe, I mean, Wordstar.

(I used "joe" instead of vi, emacs, or pico for years and years on Linux)

Re:Wordperfect (1)

Paracelcus (151056) | more than 4 years ago | (#32684466)

In Uni*/Linux I use Emacs.

We were talking about DOS/Win/OS2

Re:Wordperfect (1)

YouCanCallMeAl (773817) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606138)

Wordperfect is still quite popular in the legal/judicial sector. Other than that, I'm not sure who's still using it.

Re:Wordperfect (1)

Achra (846023) | more than 4 years ago | (#32607878)

Wow, Wordperfect was your first word processor? You have just failed to date yourself, friend. My first word processor software was WordStar. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ws7_xp.PNG [wikipedia.org] Seriously, though, I do miss those little templates that wordperfect used to ship with, the ones that would tell you that F12 performed obscure functionality foo and Ctrl-F11 performed super obscure functionality bar. Good times.

Re:Wordperfect (1)

oatworm (969674) | more than 4 years ago | (#32608266)

My first word processor was WordStar as well, only it ran on an Apple //e equipped with a Microsoft CP/M Softcard. That said, I do seem to remember having a batch of stickers that you could apply to your keyboard that sort of mimicked Wordperfect's keyboard templates.

The upgrade process was painless (4, Informative)

asv108 (141455) | more than 4 years ago | (#32605808)

The automatic upgrade feature works really well. I painlessly upgraded from 2.x to 3.x through the admin interface. The only caveat is that the integrated update requires ftp/ftps. Bravo to the wordpress team for continually improving a great product.

Re:The upgrade process was painless (2, Informative)

Mr. DOS (1276020) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606194)

The only caveat is that the integrated update requires ftp/ftps.

Supposedly, if you have the permissions set correctly on the WordPress files (no, I can't figure it out either, although it did happen once by magic when I used an automated installer), the autoupdater doesn't even need this.

Re:The upgrade process was painless (1)

zonky (1153039) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606724)

allowing apache write access to the wordpress install dir is _never_ correct I have a ftp server listening on the local host for a different set of credentials. It's like sudo for a web app...

Re:The upgrade process was painless (5, Informative)

lenova (919266) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606730)

Supposedly, if you have the permissions set correctly on the WordPress files (no, I can't figure it out either, although it did happen once by magic when I used an automated installer), the autoupdater doesn't even need this.

If you have access to your wp-config.php file, you can enable the autoupdater without FTP by adding this line:

define('FS_METHOD','direct');

WordPress will now update directly without requiring FTP access.

(Source: Random Tech Solutions [wordpress.com] )

Re:The upgrade process was painless (1)

TimmyRt (1354547) | more than 4 years ago | (#32609012)

Thanks so much for that. Sure it somewhere, but I never saw it. I could never get my upgrades working through FTP and this works great!

Re:The upgrade process was painless (3, Insightful)

mitchell_pgh (536538) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606266)

I clicked one bottom and it updated. Everything seems to be working normally.

What fun is this ;)

Re:The upgrade process was painless (1)

fearlezz (594718) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606942)

Great for you! Unfortunately, I'm not that lucky most of the time. I'm running about 40 WP sites, the largest being a 25.000+ readers/day site. I have a couple of dozen of custom plugins, which all work perfectly. But with every single upgrade, something breaks.

One time, filters/actions are removed. Another time, getting some option was moved from get_option to get_transient, causing a few plugins to break. Next time, the very same option was moved back from get_transient to get_option.

With the upgrade from 2.9.1 to 2.9.2, time() broke, causing date("H") to switch back and forth one our with a simple reload page. Since some of my plugins rely on a time they can trust.

I really love WordPress, but the upgrade trouble every single time, is driving me crazy.

Re:The upgrade process was painless (2, Insightful)

Knara (9377) | more than 4 years ago | (#32607272)

Sounds like your issue is with plugins, not with Wordpress.

Re:The upgrade process was painless (2, Insightful)

i_ate_god (899684) | more than 4 years ago | (#32608564)

Sounds like your issue is with plugins, not with Wordpress.

It sounds like both the plugins, wordpress, and the admin himself.

Wordpress should not mess with the API without warning. That warning should come in the form of depreciated functions in one version, removal one or two versions after.

The plugins might take advantage of undocumented APIs, or perform some hacks to accomplish a task.

The admin should always read the changelog.

Good to hear (1)

jrozzi (1279772) | more than 4 years ago | (#32605904)

Even though our company writes our own CMS and e-commerce software, I am glad to see Wordpress moving forward. Some of our clients prefer to use Wordpress over our own CMS simply because it's free. The more I use Wordpress the more I like it. Sure, the code is messy, but maybe the new Wordpress 3 cleans some things up. It is also good for web development companies to offer integration of their software in to Wordpress which can expand your client base. Maybe one day we will open source our CMS software once it's ready.

Re:Good to hear (2, Funny)

jalefkowit (101585) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606008)

The more I use Wordpress the more I like it.

Don't worry! That is a well understood condition. [houseofdesade.com]

Re:Good to hear (-1, Troll)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606580)

Even though our company writes our own CMS and e-commerce software, I am glad to see Wordpress moving forward.

Even though I like to masturbate, I like to watch other masturbate as well. I'm glad to see young tight boys enjoying themselves.

Re:Good to hear (1)

word_virus (838778) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606712)

Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

Re:Good to hear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32608682)

haha, the only comment worth reading in this entire story.

hmmm how about hreview markup in the editor ? (1)

johnjones (14274) | more than 4 years ago | (#32605960)

that would be nice

lots of blogs are infact reviews or opinions on things it would be nice to actually mark that up in a review format...

publishing and sorting more things into taxonomies would be nice

I have high hopes...

regards

John Jones

Malformed HTML (0, Flamebait)

Ichijo (607641) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606066)

Sorry, I don't think I'll be using something to create HTML if it's written by people who can't write proper HTML [w3.org] .

Re:Malformed HTML (1)

Mr. DOS (1276020) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606182)

One of those errors – the first – relates to Facebook integration. The rest all stem from the two Flash videos. Everything else is technically just peachy (although their formatting leaves something to be desired).

Re:Malformed HTML (2, Informative)

Milkyfresh (1041360) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606354)

I can understand why, when your homepage produces this. [w3.org]

Re:Malformed HTML (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32606398)

Proper HTML is the least of your worries if you're using Wordpress.

3.0, the XIIIth (5, Insightful)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606132)

"WordPress 3.0, the thirteenth major release "

If only there were some way of counting major releases, such that one could tell how many there were, and by extension, know how many versions had been released prior...

Re:3.0, the XIIIth (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606312)

You mean like Windows NT 6.1 ("Seven")? ;-)

But seriously I was wondering the same thing - if it's been around for 13 releases, why's it only at 3? Maybe it's like Apple OS which is only on 10.x and yet has had so many major updates (7.0, 7.1, 7.5, 7.6, 8.0, 8.1, 8.5, 8.6, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6) that I've lost count of how many revisions that is.

Re:3.0, the XIIIth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32606834)

It's 18. Just FYI.

Re:3.0, the XIIIth (1)

lennier (44736) | more than 4 years ago | (#32607910)

Mac OS is like Doctor Who - it got rebooted at 10, but then there's the Eccleston era, the Tenant/Piper era, the... Matt Smith is Snow Leopard, I guess is what I'm saying.

Re:3.0, the XIIIth (1)

ArundelCastle (1581543) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606584)

If only there were some way of counting major releases, such that one could tell how many there were, and by extension, know how many versions had been released prior...

So sayeth Junior J. Junior III. Who didn't have a Great-grandfather, because his DNA was open sourced.

Beyond the Blog (1)

mitchell_pgh (536538) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606160)

WordPress 3.0 is somewhat of a snoozer if you are only using it as a single person blogging platform...

BUT, those of us that have been using WordPress as a quasi-CMS are filled with joy. This update brings us one step closer to a full blown CMS, if we aren't there already.

Re:Beyond the Blog (4, Interesting)

joh (27088) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606324)

WP has long been the way to go if you just want to have a site with a few pages and something like a news page. It's very much like a blog turned on its head then but, hey. Much easier and quicker to handle and to maintain than hand-crafted HTML or a full-blown CMS. It's also easy to extend and to modify.

WP has a bad reputation but for many things it sits just in the right place between being a hack and an organized system.

Re:Beyond the Blog (1)

the_womble (580291) | more than 3 years ago | (#32610972)

That is exactly what I do not like about where Wordpress is going. I just want a simple blog. If I want a simple CMS I use one (my current choice is Wolf), and if I want a heavily customised site I use a framework (I like Django).

I am likely to move to a hosted blog instead. Posterous would be nice if they could import comments (I suppose I could write a script to do it though their API).

Missing Features (2, Interesting)

ProfessionalCookie (673314) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606374)

They might have fixed a lot but it's a glaring fault not to have ajax comment support built into the default theme or the core. In fact I have yet to locate a single ajax comment plugin that still works.

We live in a a Facebook world where no one expects a page load to post a comment. Not even slashdot. Hope that gets sorted soon.

Re:Missing Features (1)

ProfessionalCookie (673314) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606460)

I guess it wouldn't be such a terrible omission if the theme wasn't called twentyten.

I guess the news with twentyten is the ability to customize background and header images and built in support for drop-down menus.

I'm not sure what's modern about that feature list. It seems like html5, video, ajax everything and social integration would have been better choices. The current list is more like nineteen-ninty-eight. Am I missing it?

Re:Missing Features (1)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 4 years ago | (#32606928)

We live in a a Facebook world

In addition to loading new pages for comments, it would have been neat to see a "like" feature (toggled off by default). A lot of people keep personal blogs that a few people read regularly, but don't have time/interest in actually commenting on a post.

Re:Missing Features (1)

Knara (9377) | more than 4 years ago | (#32607348)

Sure. Though its trivial to add "like" buttons using a text widget.

Re:Missing Features (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32608410)

The Disqus comment system plugin works perfectly fine for me...

Re:Missing Features (1)

ProfessionalCookie (673314) | more than 4 years ago | (#32627000)

Thanks, but that's a little different. That's good if you're into shelling out control to a 3rd party and stamping their logo on your site. May as well be an iframe.

No I'm talking about native support. Another external option is IntenseDebate but I just want a simple, native, not 3rd party ajax comment posting solution. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm to play with admin-ajax.php

Getting there... (1)

WankersRevenge (452399) | more than 4 years ago | (#32607054)

I've been using wordpress since it was called b2 and wow the project has made great strides in usability. The one big thing I'd love for them to tackle is a database abstraction layer. I'm sure mysql isn't going anywhere in the near to mid-term, but I'd like to have other options available. In any case, congrats to the dev team.

Re:Getting there... (1)

kchrist (938224) | more than 3 years ago | (#32612918)

We talked about that with Matt Mullenweg at Wordcamp PDX last year and it's not going to happen. It seems the main obstacles are a) database abstraction layers like PEAR DB or ADOdb are too big, and b) it would require an enormous amount of work. The idea seems to be that since basically everyone can use MySQL, that's all they need.

RE: (1)

helix2301 (1105613) | more than 4 years ago | (#32607830)

I hope my hosting provider upgrades to the new version I could use some of those new features for my blog :)

Since no one has asked yet... (3, Insightful)

Coppit (2441) | more than 4 years ago | (#32608142)

I have to ask: Is it no longer a steaming pile of security holes? Seriously, most people I know have given up blogs and moved to Facebook or some hosted blogging service to get their message out. After getting hacked a couple of times I've put it in the same category as PHPNuke -- too much trouble to be worth it to anyone for whom it's not their job.

1 word: (0, Troll)

theNAM666 (179776) | more than 4 years ago | (#32608398)

Barf.

Wordpress creeps me out,with its nazi-like imagery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32609262)

Is it still featuring nazi-like swastika shapes, as default avatars?

Good release for users, even better for developers (2, Informative)

Demetris (852051) | more than 3 years ago | (#32610894)

3.0 is a good release for end-users, and it would be a good release even without the eye-catching additions. For developers and theme makers it is even better, because it makes their jobs easier. It continues to improve under the hood. And it still has areas where there is much room for improvement. (A part I do not particularly enjoy is its cluttered interface, but at least you can customize and unclutter it.)

I published a detailed write-up on what WordPress 3.0 brings for end-users and for developers:

http://op111.net/76 [op111.net] -- WordPress 3.0: What is new

Hope you find it useful!

another target on the loose (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32627602)

(wp developers): "ready?"

(hackers) "yup"..

pumps shotgun...

(hackers) "PUUUULLLLLL!!"

ting-whoooosh! it soars..

bang. bang. ba-bang. booom.

crack! it falls. hard.

(hackers) "thanks for trying. we'll see ya next time".

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