Now-a-days WordPress has become one of the most popular open source content management system (CMS), often used as a blog publishing application, powered by PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture & template system which is used by over 13% of the 1,000,000 biggest websites in the world.
WordPress utilizes a web template system based on a template processor. This enables users to re-arrange widgets without having to edit PHP or HTML code and allows them to install and switch themes with the simple click of a button. For the more tech savvy user, WordPress has integrated a theme editor which allows users to edit PHP and HTML codes in themes for more advanced customizations. WordPress also features integrated link management; a search engine-friendly, permalink structure, and support for tagging of posts and articles. Automatic filters are also included which provide standard formatting and styling of post content and text in articles. WordPress also supports the trackback and pingback standards for displaying links to other sites. Finally, it has a rich plugin architecture which allows users and developers to extend its functionality beyond the features that come as part of the basic install.
WordPress 3.0 had been published under the code name FELONIOUS on June 17, 2010. It offered not only the new default theme “Twenty Ten” along with new theme APIs, but also a new multi-site functionality and numerous under-the-hood tweaks. Following the 3.0 release, WordPress published its 3.1 version on February 23, 2010 under the code name REINHARDTH. It is most notable for the addition of the Admin Bar, which is displayed after the login, on blog pages throughout the site . It also provides easy access to many critical WordPress functions, such as comments, updates, and the dashboard. The latest version also includes internal linking capabilities, an online manual for WordPress users, and a newly streamlined writing interface. While the WordPress community is welcoming these new features, they are also coming with a long list of plugin and theme compatibility issues, as well as confusing back end options.
The probably most irritating change for users are the removed custom fields boxes. While they are not visible during the initial editing of a post, users now have to select “screen options” in the top right corner of the screen to select them as part of the editing screen. In addition to hidden features, some of the new implementations won’t even work until plugins and active themes have been upgraded or updated.
While we love the new WordPress 3.1 release with all its new features, we encourage users to take a closer look at activated plugins and themes, upgrade them accordingly, and assure that theme conflicts do not cause downtime of their sites.
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