WordPress RC3

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This is a kind of big deal. The next version of WordPress.org, version 3, is nearing release.  In fact, the release candidate 3 (RC3) is ready to be downloaded for people to test out.

This site is still on v2.92, but I will be upgrading when 3 is released. So, what do we blog owners need to do:

  • Check out the new features in 3.0 – there are some major changes to the dashboard coming up
  • Check that the plugins you use are compatible (or at least won’t break anything major) and look for compatible alternatives where necessary
  • Check that your theme is still compatible after the switch
  • Warn your readers that the upgrade is nearing and get them to tell you if things break
  • Start reading the Alpha/Beta sub-forum of the WordPress.org Support Forum to see if your problems have been found and fixed already
  • Be prepared to have to delve deep to fix odd little errors that may crop up
  • Contact your host (where applicable) to find out when (or if) they plan to make the upgrade happen
  • Write about your experience on your blog!

I recall a lot of people having issues that could have been avoided when the last major release took place, so try not to get caught out.

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Posted on 12 June, 2010, in Blogging/WordPress, Computer Stuff, Open Source and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. From what I can see, none of the plugins that I use have been negatively affected by the 3.0 branch. I've been running 3.0 code since my web host got hacked. I realize that the only reason that my site got it was because of my hosts slack security but I felt better knowing that the copy of my blog script is a moving target for hackers – okay, slowly moving.

    But, yes, I can agree that it seems to be a tad friendlier on the backend. I have barely touched the surface of what it can do, though. It seems faster, as well. But, that may be subjective.
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  2. I hate to upgrade WP from time to time. Also, I had released a small plugin sometime back that I need to check or fix for compatibility as well. Why can't WordPress stop this frequent upgrades. I think major releases (1, 2, 3) should come once in two-three years only
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  3. looking good… imo Thelonious rocks… by the way WordPress 3.0 is out Joomla 1.6 is in Beta3 Drupal 7 — Alpha5 (expected Beta soon) exciting days for open source php CMSs yuppiii

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