WordPress Plugins Downloaded Over 100 Million Times

Looks like it is another month of milestones, yesterday Firefox crossed 2 billion add-on downloads and today it was the turn of WordPress to cross over 100 million plugin downloads.

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In an announcement on the official WordPress blog, the dev team have released some statistics which state that 10,000+ plugins in the WordPress repository have been downloaded over 100 million times. In addition to that, WordPress 3.0 has also been downloaded over 3 million times.

WordPress 3.0 Thelonious passed 3 million downloads yesterday, and today the plugin directory followed suit with a milestone of its own: 100 million downloads.

Just like , WordPress plugins too have been a very integral part of the popularity of WordPress. WordPress has a huge community of developers and contributors who have made this possible and there is definitely more in store with the latest version of WordPress taking a CMS approach.

I am also proud to say that my WordPress plugins have been downloaded around 400,000 times which is definitely a great number. I am very sure that other contributions and plugin developers will be proud of their achievements too.

WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious” Available for Downloads

The WordPress team has released the latest version WordPress 3.0 Theloniousto the world with exciting new features and enhancements.

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WordPress 3.0 is the thirteenth major release of WordPress and took almost 6 months to develop. WordPress 2.9 was released in December last year and had several major enhancements too, however WordPress 3.0 is even more better.

Major new changes in WordPress 3.0 include the merge of WordPress MU and core WordPress code, allowing users to create multi-site blogs using the same installation. In addition to that it also includes a new theme called Twenty Ten.

There is some good news for theme developers too with WordPress 3.0, it now includes new APIs to easily implement backgrounds, menus, headers and more. So developers can make use of those APIs instead of having to edit the themes over and over again.

WordPress 3.0 also has support for Custom post types and custom taxonomies along with bulk updating of themes and plugins. For a complete list of new features in WordPress 3.0 visit this codex page. For the announcement visit this post on the WP Development blog.

If you want to get a visual of what’s new in WordPress 3.0, take a look at the embedded video below.

WordPress 3.0 RC1 Released on 7th WordPress Birthday

Earlier today I told you on WordPress celebrating it’s 7th birthday, you can also check a post by Matt M on the birthday celebration.

However, in addition to that, WordPress has some more good news on it’s birthday, a release for WordPress 3.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1).

WordPress 3.0 RC1 contains several new improvement, including:

  • Custom menus are finished
  • WordPress MU or Multi-site is all set.
  • The look of the WordPress admin has been lightened up a little bit, so you can focus more on your content.
  • Plugin authors need to test their plugins to ensure they are compatible with WordPress 3.0.

So all excited? Then go help the folks behind WordPress celebrate their 7th birthday by testing WordPress 3.1 and filing bugs.

Note: This is a release candidate release of WordPress 3.0, though this may be stable, it is highly recommended not to try this out on a production blog.

Download WordPress 3.0 RC1 (Direct Download link)