WordPress Thelonious Version 3.0 Released

Today, I have seen an awful lot of buzz on Twitter about the official release of WordPress Version 3.0. The much awaited WordPress 3.0 is now available for download or auto update in your current WP dashboard.

The Official Release Of WordPress Thelonious 3.0

Here is what they have to say:

Arm your vuvuzelas: WordPress 3.0, the thirteenth major release of WordPress and the culmination of half a year of work by 218 contributors, is now available for download (or upgrade within your dashboard). Major new features in this release include a sexy new default theme called Twenty Ten. Theme developers have new APIs that allow them to easily implement custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus (no more file editing), post types, and taxonomies. (Twenty Ten theme shows all of that off.) Developers and network admins will appreciate the long-awaited merge of MU and WordPress, creating the new multi-site functionality which makes it possible to run one blog or ten million from the same installation. As a user, you will love the new lighter interface, the contextual help on every screen, the 1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements, bulk updates so you can upgrade 15 plugins at once with a single click, and blah blah blah…..

Here is a video introduction of WordPress Thelonious

Should You Install Thelonious Right Away?

It depends, if you have been using the beta version like I did on some other blogs I have, and are satisfied with it, go ahead jump right in. If you are using the previous version, I would recommend to wait a couple of days before going crazy. As per my friends suggestion, Dave Doolin of WebSite In A Weekend, you should not install it right away but rather wait some days as these sort of updates normally can be easily replaced by newer versions with bug fixes that in some occasions were overlooked during a new release. Also, you might be using plugins that are not compatible with Thelonious and may be surprised and find out that they are not working. I think that this is a very good recommendation and I myself will wait a tad longer. Of course I am going nuts here but hey, the WordPress 3.0 version is not going anywhere, right?

Anyway, if you have already installed it, can you please let us know what your initial impressions are? Do you like the integration of MU and WP? How about the new standard theme? Your voices are appreciated.


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24 thoughts on “WordPress Thelonious Version 3.0 Released

  • I’m with you.

    I’m going to wait and make sure all is cool before I make the big leap.

    • Hi John. We are on the same wave length here 🙂 I think we should wait a while longer and see how this update works. I’m pretty much sure that soon someone is bound to say something about it. Thanks for leaving your comment and welcome. Hope to see more from you here in the future

  • DiTesco, I heard from about 10 bloggers so far that have upgraded with no problem. I’ll let you know if I hear otherwise. I think it’s safe though. This is really great news.

    • Thanks Ileane for letting me know about this. It is good to know that so far the overall impressions I have seen are positive and that it is safe enough to perform the upgrade. I’m really tempted to do the move right now but will remain prudent and see how it goes. Maybe tomorrow 🙂

  • I will wait to download as I always do, usually at the beginning there are still alot of bugs.

    • Wise JR, although if you ask me I am dying to do the upgrade right now 🙂 Nevertheless, I will wait a while longer. Thanks for dropping by

  • I was excited to see the “3.0 is available” like at the top of my WP dashboard yesterday … but like those who have commented above, previous experience has taught me to be a bit cautious with new versions on the first couple of days, so I’ll definitely wait a little while to upgrade my main site. That said, I have a couple of other domains that I don’t really use anymore that I will probably install this on to experiment with.

    • Hi Todd. Did exactly what you just mentioned. I have some other smaller blogs and I did the upgrade to v3 already. So far I have no horror stories to tell. Thinking of doing the move sometime this weekend. Thanks for dropping by

  • The new theme is 100 time better than old one. Also I like shortlink feature and added menu customization from dashboard.

    • Hi Arafat. I agree with you. The old theme is not even comparable to Twenty Ten (ironically for 2010). The other new features are indeed awesome and as I said, I am dying to give it a try. I run Thesis so I am waiting for some “hints” just to make sure that it will be compatible. Thanks for your input

  • DiTesco
    Thanks for the quick review. I have been wondering about whether to upograde. A friend of mine sent me a screenshot with 3 key Plugins as incompatible. So I think I will wait for it to stabilise.

    • Hi Andrew. That is also one of my major concerns, incompatibility with some of my favorite plugins. Will have to check them one by one to ensure they work well. Care to share with us which “key” plugins that your friends mentioned are not compatible?

  • I am going to wait for a while to see if there are bugs before updating my blog .

    • Hi Shabnam. As far as I can tell, there has been very little negative news about bugs being present in the new version. My main reason for now is because of an issue with the Thesis theme which I am using. We’ll see.

  • If you wont be loyel with readers, they would leave.

  • Hmm…looks to be a great update. Thanks for sharing this info. I think wordpress users will really appreciate this new change…a major change. Keep blogging and have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Hi Aswani. You are spot on as many WP users have been going crazy about this upgrade. Let’s just hope that this new version does live up with their expectations. Good to see you here. Have a great week ahead

  • As I usually do, I threw caution to the wind and upgraded to 3.0 the day it was released. 🙂 However, I’m not completely reckless because I always back-up everything before upgrading.

    So far everything is working perfectly and the new features are excellent. I’m sure there will be some minor bug fixes as there always is with a new release but those aren’t a major ordeal.

    I think you should go for it but if something breaks, don’t blame me. 😉

    • Haha, I certainly won’t blame you Robert. Anyway, I am not yet ready to upgrade (at least here) because there is an issue with compatibility with Thesis. I am waiting for an upgrade or fix from DIY Themes to get it done. Good to know that you have made the upgrade without any problems. As always, good to see you here

  • Yeah, I have seen lots of tweets about WordPress 3.0 upgrade too, some are tutorials while others reviewed the new features.

    However, I will heed your advice and wait for a week or two for any bugs to be reported and troubleshoot.

    • Wise decision Paul. That’s exactly what I will be doing. If I think about it too much, I’ll end up upgrading and right now I do not see any major reason to do just that. Thanks for dropping by.

  • I installed it as soon as I was notified there was an update. I did it first on my test site which uses the same theme and then I upgraded Wassup. It all went very smoothly without any complications at all, other than rearranging some modules which wasn’t that bad.

    I haven’t had the time to examine it properly and I reckon they will have a new update before I get any free time to do that. 😉

    • Good to know that you did not encounter any problems with your theme. Thesis has a minor issue which is the custom editor file not showing up in WPs dashboard after the upgrade. Also, I ahve some plugins that I am not yet sure if they are already compatible with Thelonious. will wait a bit more.

  • Seems as though most of the changes seem to be more subtle than previous major releases. This could be because fewer of the major changes impact what the user sees, they are mostly on the back end. I have finally upgraded all my blogs and they are all running smoothly, although a few plugins grumbled a little. 🙂

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