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 Firefox add-ons, 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.
The WordPress team has released the latest version WordPress 3.0 Theloniousto the world with exciting new features and enhancements.
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.