A new version of WordPress is slated for release late this month or early next month. The new version features a lot of usability and security improvements and a lot of added functionality. You can download a beta of 3.0 here
. (I would not recommend using this version on your live site--only on a locally hosted version for testing purposes--as they've already stated there are a lot of bugs still to be worked out, which is why the release has been delayed.)New Features:New Installation Process
They've updated the process by which you install WordPress. With 3.0, users will be able to specify their own username and password when installing WordPress, which constitutes a major security fix (since "admin" will no longer be the default username).New Default Theme
Say goodbye to that hideously ugly blue Kubrik theme that used to come packaged with every WordPress install. The new 2010 theme
will be the default theme for WordPress installs this year, and they have plans to release new default themes each year (which is why this new theme was named after this year).
The new default theme will allow a lot of customizability right out of the box. It comes packaged with a variety of default header images, and the option for users to upload and use their own header images right from the Dashboard. The same is true of background images: you'll be able to choose from some defaults provided, or upload your own.
This new theme also has drop-down menu functionality built in.New Link Shortener
On Edit Post pages, they've added a "Shortlink" button which will automatically generate shortened links for use on social media services like Twitter.New Menu Management System
This feature will allow users more control over how the menu of their site is constructed and displayed. You can create multiple menus from a single interface in the Dashboard, and specify the contents of each menu (similar in nature to how widgets currently behave). Author Template Support
If you have multiple authors publishing to your site, each will be given their own IDs (similar to categories and pages). This feature can be used to design unique looks for specific author pages to help differentiate them from other parts of the site.Multi-Site Functionality
WordPress is merging with WordPressMU (WordPress Multi-User) which allowed users to manage multiple sites with a single installation. In short, this change simply means that WordPressMU will become defunct, and you'll be able to manage multiple sites under a single installation of WordPress by default. (This will be of particular interest to users who enjoy focusing on multiple aspects of the game but find managing multiple sites difficult--you'll be able to run multiple sites with one install now, all from the same Dashboard.)
For a full run-down of the new features in WordPress 3.0, check out the official documentation