According to Release Manager Jane Wells from Automattic, Inc – the privately owned company behind the investments in the end-users-popular blogging software – WordPress is quite close to release. As said by her on friday, the final launch of 3.0 is anticipated early next week.
Please take note of this Report as well: WordPress 3.0 released (June 17).
The release process of the software’s latest version that was offensively marketed as a CMS over the last year has been concerted by managing and scheduling problems. Beta-Phase and Feature Freeze were postponed multiple times so that planned changes which were more problematic to handle than expected could still make it in. Finally the now third and as “hopefully last” entitled Release Candidate is available since yesterday.
Regarding those problems and despite earlier dates given which needed to be postponed, with this new information and more signs from other employees and insiders, it looks somehow safe to finally expect the release within the week of 14th to 20th June 2010. Historically the company tends to release the community version at the beginning of the week. Originally this release was planned for April 13 2010. Plugin Authors are now called for testing their add-ons for 3.0 compatibility.
WordPress 3.0 is the first version that incorporates the MU Fork back-again into its codebase. It enables site owners to run multiple blogs at once in a so called “Network Setup”. This is important for SaaS Blog providers like WordPress.com (already runs on 3.0) but can be as well for sites like page.ly or GetShopped as well as for publishers (e.g. New York Times or B5Media) who are running a blogging-platform. It is said, that the re-integration of the MU codebase is a cornerstone in Automattics strategy. The companies business itself is backed up by a second round of VC fundings through True Ventures back in January 2008.
After the launch of the 3.0 version, the project wants to concentrate on the redesign of the wordpress.org website. Wells said, that users complain about the on-site-information and are having problems to locate official statements. Next to programming difficulties Automattic is currently lacking of a same-level sort-of-face-to-face communication with a larger share of the dot-org part of the community.
On This Topic
- WordPress 3.0 RC3 Is Ready for Download – The final release should be coming soon (By Lucian Parfeni, June 12th, 2010, 08:27 GMT)
- Review: WordPress Grows Up with 3.0 (by Joe Brockmeier, June 11th, 2010)
- Official WordPress 3.0 RC3 Announcement (by Jane Wells, June 11th, 2010)
- WordPress 3.0 nearly complete (by crve / h-online, June 8th 2010, 12:29 GMT)
- Showcase: NY Times Blogs (by wordpress.org, March 1st, 2009)