9 Features We Most Want in WordPress 3.0

by Tom Walker

February 11, 2010 in design

WordPress 3.0 is more than just the next in a long line of WordPress releases. It will see the merging of WordPress with WordPress MU (multi-user), which lets you run as many blogs as you like with a single install, a move that’s been widely welcomed by the blogging community. Besides this major advancement, however, little has been announced about any further updates to WordPress 2.9. Messageboards are currently awash with demanding bloggers, listing the new features they most want to see and the plugins they want shifted into core. Below you’ll find the 9 new features that are most in demand.

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1. Multi-Domain Support

The merging of WordPress and WordPress MU has not really been designed with the common blogger in mind. It’s been made to suit large organizations like universities who want to offer blogs to all their students under one domain. Multi-domain support, whereby users can manage blogs with different domains from one back-end, is easily the one change that most people are calling for. The merge with MU could prove to be the best possible time for some type of multiple domain capability to be included.

2. A New Theme

Many people are calling for a new default theme to be added to WordPress 3.0. Users are getting bored with the current offering. Some people are even calling for a skeleton default theme, which can easily be tailored to suit individual needs. The idea of having a default theme that’s better suited to non-blog sites is also particularly popular.

3. Improved Back-End

We want a new, quicker-to-load-and-run back-end to WordPress, and preferably one that’s theme-able. In particular need of attention are the settings and tools tabs, which can quickly get overrun with links from plugins, which tend to be ordered in an entirely haphazard way. Furthermore, it would be great to be able to try out the back-end of a new theme for a period of a few weeks, without visitors seeing a change to the site.

4. Page and Post Reordering

Reordering pages should surely be easier than it is now. A drag and drop page editor, for reordering, is long overdue. Many users have over 1,000 posts in their blog, which quickly become unmanageable. There should be tools available for arranging them thematically for readers.

5. Increased Security

Unsurprisingly, improved security features are high up on many bloggers’ list of priorities. With MU as standard, security might well become even more of an issue. Improved registration, with admin configurable registration features and compulsory extra fields would be great. Furthermore, lots of people are not happy with the way WordPress transmits and stores passwords in plain text.

6. Integration with Canonical Plugins

A relatively new idea, canonical plugins are developed by communities rather than individuals and are designed to address the most common problems in the most exceptional manner. These canonical plugins will be a true extension of WordPress core and people want to ensure that they’re integrated effectively into the latest WordPress release.

7. Galleries

The subject of image galleries pops up very regularly when discussing the most wanted features for 3.0. People want to have the same power over their image content as they currently have over their written content, and quite right too! There are numerous conflicting demands, but most people simply want some type of Flickr look-alike. Being able to share your albums with other users is also a popular idea.

8. Image Manipulation

Besides galleries, there’s a strong feeling in the WordPress community that the current method of uploading images is far too restricting and needs a serious overhaul. There is no reason, for instance, why the source code is linked to each image automatically or why WordPress automatically selects a different size image from the original when you upload it. Surely we need custom image sizes – not just thumbnails, medium and large.

9. A Built In Welcome

Many WordPress users are still harboring a grudge over how difficult they found it to set up their site when they first registered. It would be great if there was a built-in “Welcome to WordPress” guide for first time users, allowing them to change settings, add profiles, edit comment options, add widgets, pick themes and more, with the ability to skip quickly through if necessary.

About The Author

Tom is a designer and writer who blogs for a UK based specialist in Epson ink, toner, paper and other print accessories. You can read more of his writing on CreativeCloud where he blogs about design and art.

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  • Tschai

    Feb 11th

    I’m looking for some basic features WP still is missing after all this years:
    -Multi-level navigation without hacks and plugins (parent highlighted when child selected),
    -Some sort of caching
    -Related posts
    -WP-stats and akismet built in ;)
    -SEO stuff like All in One SEO
    -contact form
    -pagination
    -Sitemap

    These are basic features every humble WP developer/designer needs…

  • Arslan

    Feb 11th

    yeah, thats right, We want all these things

  • SJL

    Feb 11th

    Not all usufull for me peronally, but I agree that these would be good additions.

    9. Should have an option to skip for “pros”.

    I would also like to see option to make new posts thru xml-rpc (and not needing to fake blogger etc.) But I know this isn’t exactly in a top of the list.

  • shedh

    Feb 11th

    Well looks like WordPress will have a new theme in its next release

    Blog post on WordPress website:

    http://wordpress.org/development/2010/01/wordpress-foundation/

    Shows that the http://wordpressfoundation.org/ is running on WordPress 3.0 development version

    The stylesheet (http://wordpressfoundation.org/content/themes/twentyten/style.css) on the site says “The 2010 default theme for WordPress.”

    Shedh

  • Iva

    Feb 11th

    Shedh: WordPress 3.0 alpha still comes with Kubrick.

  • Iva

    Feb 11th

    My picks are 4, 6, 7, custom post types explained and handled properly and something that would allow us to host each sub-blog in a different database, should we need to do so for any reason. :)

  • zakoops

    Feb 11th

    My top priority would be that pages (not only posts) be entitled to categories and tags.

    That’s for those timeless posts that would be much better served as pages.

  • DesignLovr

    Feb 12th

    I would welcome most of these features, but I’d rather see some function of popular plugins implemented (e.g. All In One SEO, Spam Protection, Comment Form, etc.)

  • O'Ryan

    Feb 12th

    wait! you didn’t mention the singly most requested thing according to the wordpress site! “Trust me when I edit HTML”
    http://wordpress.org/extend/ideas/view/top-rated

  • Craig Farrall

    Feb 12th

    Definately good additions, and all things I would like to see, but I think they are missing a basic and vital thing in my opinion.

    The ability once created a page to exclude it from the navigation, this setting is only set up with premium themes and some free ones, but generally a non coder wouldn’t know how to do this, so I think a simple tickbox on the right once a page is created to exclude from menu would be very helpful.

    Even with premium themes with the exclude function, you have to save it, then go to the settings and exclude it, leaving that 30 seconds with the menu possibly breaking.

    Definately one to be added I think.

  • BigM75

    Feb 12th

    i wayting and wayting

  • Steven Snell

    Feb 12th

    Craig,
    I’m with you. That seems like a reasonable addition and it would be useful.

  • Tschai

    Feb 12th

    @Craig,
    You should checkout this plugin: Exclude Pages from Navigation….works like a charm.

    And I agree, it’s actually a basic feature…!

  • Ben

    Feb 12th

    I wont consider using WordPress until they decide to ditch PHP 4 and make it PHP 5 (or 6!) only.

  • New York Web Designer

    Feb 12th

    Nice…. I love this features.

  • Johnny

    Feb 12th

    There’s a “skeleton” type theme out there called WP Framework which is a great starter for developing a custom theme.

  • CoryMathews

    Feb 12th

    I still really want a WordPress Lite version. Remove all the crap and just give me a very basic version. No need for so much crap just for a blog.

  • rOOse

    Feb 12th

    1. Reduce memory usage .
    2. Extended menu managment. Example: wp_menu(‘main-menu’); wp_menu(‘secondary-menu’); etc. where ‘main-menu’, ‘secondary-menu’ – custom menus from admin panel.
    3. Possibility add in menu not only pages, but and categories.
    4. Easy disable some function from admin panel.

    Also better to transfer many functions in the plugins, leaving only the core of CMS engine.

    Sorry for my english.

  • Chris Moritz

    Feb 12th

    I’d love to see true workflow capabilities – check in and out, approval trees, the whole she-bang.

  • Anna Green

    Feb 12th

    Good ideas here, I agree mostly. I think generally it could be made more user friendly for those who have little knowledge of CSS i have customers who repeated mess up their sites because of there inexperience.

  • Tom - Website Design Bristol

    Feb 12th

    Nice one – loving this!

  • Joel G Goodman

    Feb 12th

    Some of these are great ideas — for PLUGINS. The point of WordPress and it being extendable is that the core stays at lightweight and nimble as possible. The more of this cutesy stuff that is added on, the larger the install package gets, the slower the CMS runs and the harder it is to pay attention. If nothing else, these features could be developed by Automattic as suggested plugins. But Galleries, Image Manipulation, A Welcome… sound like add-ons to me.

  • Volomike

    Feb 12th

    I want to see custom post types with custom forms, so that I could, for instance, create an “Employee” post for an About page. I could then click New Post, choose Employee, and fill out profile information about this employee. Then, I could make my custom theme pull from that specialized post type. Currently guys are building plugins to do this, or using Pods Plugin, but it would be nice to see this as integral to WordPress. Drupal has had this for years and it’s long overdue in WordPress. In fact, I’d say it should be their number one priority.

    Number two on my wishlist would be a cropper/resizer tool. I see that WordPress started this, but it didn’t work right for me. I need it to work on all the latest browsers + FF2 + IE6 and 7. Meanwhile, they need a separate tool on the menus so that one could use it to update any photo — not just in the media gallery or in a given post or page. This is because some plugins have a photo upload field, and often they don’t have a cropper/resizer tool.

    Third on my list is to make an admin theme for clients. So, as a WP developer for a client, I build them a custom theme and get everything working right. Then, I install this admin theme and uncheck the permissions to places my client doesn’t understand or doesn’t need to touch in WordPress. And as much as the WP community thinks WordPress is easy, it’s actually not for many clients. They are often confused. So, the admin theme needs a bit of work.

  • woodstock

    Feb 12th

    Great list!

    re #9: I wouldn’t call this a feature of version 3.0. More like: something that should have been done from the beginning but never did get finished because playing with the toy is always more fun that writing to documentation on how to play with the toy.

  • Daniel Groves

    Feb 12th

    I totally agree with you, but also with @Tschai. I think I’m going to write up my own version of this post with what I want over at inspired by wordpress.

  • paul

    Feb 12th

    wordpress rocks, but needs to add the features that hardcore CMS’s like joomla have.

    1. custom post types should be made far easier to impliment.
    2. custom database setups should be way easier,
    3. ngg gallery should be core
    4. wp page navi should be core
    5. better role manager functionality, its there with plugins but its should be core
    6. cforms should be core
    6. MORE HOOKS! everything should be hooked so i can override the core.
    7. its already possible to alter login and admin css but proper theming would rock
    8. more control over tiny MCE

    ok im out. i love wordpress. use it every day, each day i learn a little more… sick.

  • Alex Peterson

    Feb 12th

    An easier way to display menus and submenus! And a default contact form please.

  • Ali

    Feb 13th

    better video, media adding options and contact form would be a great

  • Java developer

    Feb 13th

    useful stuff

  • Java developer

    Feb 14th

    Nice points

  • David Ingledow

    Feb 14th

    Is there a way of easily showing a ‘site under construction’ page when there are a lot of changes being made? If not, that should be a feature of 3.0!!!

  • Steven Snell

    Feb 14th

    David,
    The maintenance mode plugin is available for that purpose.

  • David Ingledow

    Feb 14th

    Thanks for the tip Steven Snell!!!

  • SaturnPolly

    Feb 14th

    Can’t say since when this is the case, but WordPress does not store plaintext password.
    Regarding Transmission: I agree that the SSL should be usable without additional plugins but in the end it depends on the users hosting. I would guess that mosts WP users don’t even have shared SSL included in their package.

  • crashfellow

    Feb 14th

    I would love to see the ability in the files area to upload over exisiting files. Like sort of a ‘upload latest version’ of the file. Does it do this already?

  • Ryan Bollenbach

    Feb 14th

    It would be really great if in the edit post area the HTML coloring was enabled.

  • Jake Goldman

    Feb 14th

    1. Agreed.
    2. It’s coming, it’s called 2010, and it will be in 3.0 final.
    3. Disagree. Always room for improvement, but the overall presentation is one of WordPress’ great strengths.
    4. Page order management is coming, but may be postponed from 3.0 since it’s a bit tricky to easily implement (WordPress dev chats *have* been giving this attention). Post order management makes no sense. Posts by definition are chronological, and sticky support is already built in.
    5. WordPress does not store passwords in plain text. They are MD5 hashed. Only way to get around “transmission” (to my knowledge) is to implement HTTPS, which comes with its own set of challenges for many users.
    6. Is that actually a suggestion?
    7. Disagree. Different users want different style galleries. Trying to appease them all in core is a recipe for bloat. The framework is already in core; let the plug-ins handle specialized output.
    8. Additional custom image sizes can be done with one line of code in 2.9. See “add_image_size” function. Not even sure I understand the rest of your #9. How is source code linked to the image?
    9. Good idea. There’s talk of this among the core developers.

  • redwall_hp

    Feb 15th

    Other than #5, none of these appeal to me at all. And I think less time needs to be spent on “friendlifying” WordPress, and more on optimizations. Less RAM usage, especially, would be a welcome improvement.

  • Psd html

    Feb 15th

    I hope 3.0 version with ansiety

  • palPalani

    Feb 15th

    i liked your list, but my immediate needs are:

    7. Galleries – 1
    4. Page and Post Reordering – 2
    3. Improved Back-End – 3

    thanks for your idea.

  • Frank

    Feb 15th

    Any idea when 3.0 is going to come out?

  • b-MAC

    Feb 15th

    I have to agree with redwall_hp, other than #5 and #3, none of these really seem appealing imo.

  • christopher

    Feb 15th

    great idea… I’m really looking forward to WP 3.0. I just hope the changes don’t break current themes.

  • J Wohlt

    Feb 15th

    I’m somewhat surprised that nobody seems to mind the fact that the login page isn’t themed without a plugin. Granted, I know that a lot of WordPress bloggers don’t even require a login in order to comment, but I thought there would be enough that do to make this an issue.

    I’ve been trying a plugin that themes the login nicely enough, but seems to cause other issues, including not always playing nicely with other plugins. I think it would be great if we already had the option as part of WordPress.

  • Mal

    Feb 15th

    Only recently started looking at the internal workings of WordPress themes, and I was really surprised to see that it doesn’t have a template engine; so that would be my suggestion because escaping in and out of PHP is such an old fashioned way of doing things. Something like Smarty or Flexy as a next generation theme platform.

  • Chris Howard

    Feb 17th

    The most important thing WP3 needs is to get user friendly. At the moment, sites like Webs.com, SquareSpace.com etc are creaming it for user friendliness.

    WP is still too nerdy in the editor if you want to do something different. Too often that means either shortcodes or dropping into the HTML of the page/post.

    What WP3 needs, for starters, is in the editor, to have a dropdown of available shortcodes – with descriptions and instructions.

  • Chris Dawes

    Feb 24th

    Better windows integration would be awesome especially considering how many sites are now using WP on iis…

  • Henrik Lied

    Mar 2nd

    My biggest wish (which will probably never come true) for the further development of WordPress is that they rewrite the codebase to match todays’ best practices. Which in short means moving to a MVC model.

    It makes me sad that the most popular blogging tool in the world is such a damn mess to work with. WordPress is fantastic from the users point of view, but the mix of logic and presentation in the codebase makes it a pile of junk from a developers point of view.

  • jonkristian

    Mar 8th

    Already running wpmu with a number of sites I’m very exited about the merge. Second thing that has always been an issue for me is the poor handling of media content, I am really hoping for something improved in that area.

  • Nemzi

    Mar 13th

    WordPress 3.0 – it’s good!

  • Ben Clynshaw

    Mar 26th

    Multi domain support would be absolutely fantastic!

  • fb

    Apr 9th

    I agree with most of them, with the addition of true custom post_types (as we now have) it would be nice to have the custom post ordering (although this can be done by post_date) ala the new custom menu order function.

    Keep up the good work…

  • Jason Davis

    Apr 16th

    I absolutely love WPMU. Created a MU site for an organization last summer. Definitely a huge success and very easy to manage. I would love WP to integrate the option for MU as a default. Security is key. I did not establish any security measures for 4 months. The bots took over with over 3,500 sub domains in a matter of a 30 days. Now the up side, my PR went through the roof in those four months but the down side – it destroyed the domain name & purpose.

    The Set up for WPMU is not difficult but not easy either. Even changing the install would be a great upgrade. As far as the other points – I’m all for them, anything by WP default to aid the blogger gets my vote.

  • Dimas

    Apr 23rd

    As I’m becoming more and more familiar with WordPress it is turning out to be a great platform for site development, but equally as I become a power user I’m also seeing its limitations.

    #8 would be a great add-on, being able to custom defined the image sizes that you need for your site would be ideal.

  • example.com.ru

    Jun 20th

    WordPress 3.0 works perfectly, but I am still missing the way to save different sets of plugins and only having to turn on or off the set, I am missing the ability to quick select the categories, just start typing the name of the category and this is filter for easier selection, I am missing a better image resizing or editing, anyway, I love wordpress.

  • chris howard

    Jun 21st

    The feature I wanted most of all in WP3 was something next to plugins wherever they are listed, to indicate what WP version they are compatible with. Instead you have to click on Details still

    And secondly, when searching for plugins, to be able to limit results to selected versions of WP, eg 2.8x, 2.9x, 3.0x

    It’s such and obvious requirement!

  • Tookangweb

    Jul 5th

    yeah 2010 is special year, cause in this year WordPress 3.0 release :)

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    Aug 8th

    2010 is special year, cause in this year WordPress 3.0 release :)

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    May 19th

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