(http://wordpress NULL.org/download/counter/)I know that with every new level of WordPress there is always something pretty amazing that is added to the package, but, this time, for the life of me, I cannot find it! Why are so many people downloading it? (click image for current tally)
I know that there are tons of new features, but where are they? I have been playing with WP 3.0 since it was available for any kind of testing, using the WordPress Beta Tester plugin, set to the “cutting edge” option, and yes, I am aware of the new “menu” feature, but, I am not sure how this is helpful, If a special menu is needed, I build it. I understand that it now works for unlimited sites, I guess this is a BuddyPress or WPMU thing, it does nothing for me, I only have like 30 sites! Oh, the now bolder “ENTER TITLE HERE” line when adding a new page or post is kinda neat, if you didn’t know where to put the title before because it was a bit hard to see, the white areas just blended in and new users had a tough time, so, this is a plus, but, where are all of the new goodies?
Ok, I am being a bit sarcastic here, yes, there are too many new things for me to list, but, most are not readily visible to the naked eye, these are the things that will help theme and plugin developers to add even more goodies, that can be seen, so, if you are new to WordPress, hang on to your shorts, this is going to get good! Watch the video, or read more here (http://codex NULL.wordpress NULL.org/Version_3 NULL.0). Just so you can get a grasp on how fast the download process started, I just happened to be upgrading a plugin, and saw that 3.0 was available, when I looked to see how many had downloaded it, it was at only about 10,000, I got this screen-shot about 30 minutes later!
This video is fantastic, from WordCamp San Francisco, Matt Mullenweg is really a funny guy, the story of WordPress and the whole 3.0 release is very interesting too.