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WordPress 3

On June 17 Automattic proudly announced the release of WordPress 3, with 1,217 bug fixes and feature upgrades that have been worked on by a team of over 200 developers. Some of the key points to note are:

  • WordPress and WordPress MU have been merge to bringe multi-site functionality to the general release version;
  • A new custom menu management feature, allows creation of custom menus combining posts, pages, categories, tags, and links for use in theme menus or widgets;
  • New custom header and background APIs;
  • The ability to set your own admin username and password during the installation process;
  • A bulk update feature for themes and plugins;
  • Updates to developer tools such as JQuery, Json, Scriptaculous and SWFobject.

As with all new releases containing security updates we strongly recommend that WordPress users on our servers upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible. And we make this a strict requirement where upgrading patches any security issue that could place other user accounts, or the entire server, at risk of attack. This requirement is also placed on any other off-the-shelf software, such as Joomla, CMSimple or Moveable Type.