Category Archives: 3.0 Beta

More Testing Of 3.0 Beta

I spent yesterday installing and setting up a MU version of the 3.0 Beta. After discovering a couple of blogs that explained the piece of code that needed to be added to the config file, it was pretty much a piece of cake…Once I figure out that the edits I did to the .htaccess file had added a .txt to the back of the file name, that is. I had never noticed that Filezilla did that when I did a view/edit command.

Multi-Site Feature with Only One WordPress 3.0 Installation

Another big update in WordPress 3.0 is the merging of WordPress MU – a fork of WordPress that lets the user create and manage hundreds of thousands of blogs with a single install of WordPress – and the plain-jane WordPress.

This feature is not enabled by default. You can enable multi-site functionalities by adding the following line to wp-config.php.

define('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true);

After updating the file, you will get a tab of “Network” under the “Tools” menu as shown below.

via WordPress 3.0: Ultimate Guide to New Features.

So far I am pretty impressed, though I am finding some issues with the latest stable install of my main theme. I see from a visit to their site that they have moved on a couple of versions as direct downloads…so that goes on tomorrows to-do list. Install the latest test build of Atahualpa and see if that fixes some of the issues I am having under 3.0 or does it really blow everything up. The only real issue I’ve seen so far is anytime I save a draft the post title is changed to “Auto Draft”. I am sure it is something in the custom field that Atahualpa uses for SEO…

I really like the new menu options. They make doing a custom menu a piece of cake…I’ll have to look into figuring out how to add the hooks into some other themes…

One of the things I’ll be looking at is cutting down on the number of plugins I am depending on and trying to trim the amount of JavaScript being called. Speed will be an issue in the coming years and I refuse to give up the photos I tend to post…

It is going to be an interesting summer in the blogging world…

Testing WordPress 3.0

Yesterday I decided I needed to start testing the new WordPress 3.0 to see what the changes might be and how it might affect my network of blogs.

Setting Up To Test

After deciding to test it I decided I needed a private “new” domain to use for the testing. So it was off to GoDaddy to pick up a domain or three just to use for testing different things…I don’t know why I never did this before.

Installing the 3.0 Beta

I went ahead and let GoDaddy install the latest WordPress install. Then I went in and deleted all of the files (after copying the wp-config out to my machine to make it easier to copy and paste the db info) and uploaded the Beta installation. Ran the install and started playing.

Testing

So far I haven’t managed to break anything…Though I had trouble with a import…Seems every time the program tried to import an attachment and received an error it would not import anything below that point in the export file. I don’t know if it’s a 3.0 bug or something that happens in 2.9 also…Needs more testing.

So far I have only installed a couple of plugins. I have imported all of the posts from this site for testing purposes. I have blocked search engines…No reason to get burned for duplicate content.

Why Am I Testing

The main reason for the testing site though, is to make sure my themes and plugins don’t die with the upgrade. So far Atahualpa seems to still work. I will need to make some posts and double check the source code before I can be sure. Since almost all of my sites are running on that theme, it’s important to me that it keep working…

New Features

When I first set up the site I was using the new default theme Twenty-Ten 1.0. I have to say…I could almost live with the default as a basic layout. It’s a nice default theme. I haven’t gone looking through the code yet…But I will when I have a bit of free time.

The options on the new theme are rudimentary, but, simple to use. Changing header images and background colors couldn’t be easier.

The new custom Menus option works well, even when the theme does not implement the new feature. A new widget is added to allow the custom menus to be added to your sidebars.

The one issue I have so far is my inability to try out the MU version of 3.0 Beta. The install instructions stated that I would be asked if I wanted to install the MU version on the install…But I didn’t see it. Maybe I need to start with a completely clean database…I’ll try that in the coming days. I’ll keep posting my results…