WordPress – the most popular blog software on the planet and the content management system powering this very site – has just enjoyed a major upgrade to version 3.0.
The thirteenth major release of the open source software – called “Thelonious” – is now available for downloading (or upgrading from within the admin dashboard), and comes with a slew of new features and widgets and – count ’em – no less than 1,200 bug fixes.
A major new features is the improved default theme, which goes under the name of ‘Twenty Ten’. WordPress describe this theme as “sexy.” Frankly, we think you must have something wrong in your ‘downstairs’ department if you get aroused by a page design, but each to their own.
Other goodies include shiny new APIs that allow theme designers to implement custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus, post types, and taxonomies, and the overdue merge of MU and WordPress, which makes it possible to run multiple blogs from the same installation.
We’ll be updating the site later tonight when things go quiet. And hopefully we’ll be straight back!
Edit 2.00AM: happy to report that the update took under a minute and everything’s working fine.