Waiting for WordPress 3
by Linda Goin

Hold onto your socks – WordPress is about to release version 3.0. What does this mean? Linda explains all in this article...

Get Ready to Rethink Blogging...

If you are using WordPress (WP), then you should be using version 2.9.2, the most up-to-date version of this blogging platform. If you are using version 2.9.2, then a transition to WP 3.0 – which is slated for delivery in the next month – should not be a problem. That said, sometimes upgrades to new WP versions can cause some issues for a variety of reasons.

First, if you've chosen a theme for your blog that is outdated, it may not powerful enough to keep up with WP changes. Secondly, if you've messed around with your WP code, you may encounter problems with an upgraded version of this blogging format. Finally, if you haven't upgraded WP in a long while, then you not only are messing with your blog's security, you may encounter some layout or database issues when you do finally upgrade.

Unfortunately, even if you have stayed up-to-date with WP upgrades, you may find that something, somewhere, will go haywire with your upgrade to WP 3. I face the same trepidation when applying WP upgrades to my blogs; but, since I do stay on top of the upgrades, and since I do not mess with WP code, the only issue I may worry about is whether or not my theme will collapse or cooperate with new upgrades.

All that said, it sounds as though WP 3 is something worth watching for, as the changes in that blogging format's functionality could be just what you're looking for, especially if you want to use (or, are using) WP for a CMS (Content Management System). For this article, I downloaded the beta from Mashable to fill you in on what WP is about to offer to its users.

What to Expect in WordPress 3.0

There are at least five major changes that you'll discover in WP 3, and these changes are listed below along with a few other minor, but significant, details. Throughout this article, I'll supply you with some links so you can learn more about each upgrade detail from other writers or from WordPress.

New step in the installer

This step not only makes it easier to remember your login information, it also lets you know if your password is too weak and helps you to get rid of the default "admin" username (hallelujah!). This change makes it more difficult to guess the first user's login, helping to enhance security for your blog.

NOTE: If you do not choose to play with the beta (and I wouldn't, if I had a blog that I had been maintaining for months or years), when you upgrade to the newly available and thoroughly tested WP 3, you may still have that "admin" issue. But, you can change the "admin" name to another name for blogging purposes. The only way to eliminate the "admin" issue altogether is to begin with a fresh WP install, as you'll then be creating a fresh database.

Linda Goin

Linda GoinLinda Goin carries an A.A. in graphic design, a B.F.A. in visual communications with a minor in business and marketing and an M.A. in American History with a minor in the Reformation. While the latter degree doesn't seem to fit with the first two educational experiences, Linda used her 25-year design expertise on archaeological digs and in the study of material culture. Now she uses her education and experiences in social media experiments.

Accolades for her work include fifteen first-place Colorado Press Association awards, numerous fine art and graphic design awards, and interviews about content development with The Wall St. Journal, Chicago Tribune, Psychology Today, and L.A. Times.

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