WordPress Turns Nine Years Old; WordPress 3.4 Release Candidate 1 Now Available!

WordPress the popular open source CMS / blogging software on May 27th turned nine yearl old. On May 27, 2003, Matt Mullenweg, founder of the Automattic announced the first release of WordPress for download. The first release was announced accompaying following features:Texturize -- So good it'll make your quotes curl.WordPress Links -- A link manager […]

Happy 9th Birthday WordPress: 3.4 RC1 A Gift

WordPress the popular open source CMS / blogging software on May 27th turned nine yearl old. On May 27, 2003, Matt Mullenweg, founder of the Automattic announced the first release of WordPress for download.

The first release was announced accompaying following features:

  • Texturize -- So good it'll make your quotes curl.
  • WordPress Links -- A link manager with everything you'd expect, from Weblogs.com support to a handy bookmarklet. Manage as many blogrolls as you like, and have complete control over their display.
  • XHTML 1.1 -- WordPress is complaint with XHTML standards up to 1.1, though by default it sends a 1.0 document type to avoid compatibility issues.
  • Highly Intelligent Line Breaks -- Occasionally called "nl2br on steroids," this brand new function adds line breaks except where there is already a block level tag or another line break.
  • New Administration Interface -- We've made it as simple as possible, and no more. Everything has been restructured from the ground up in a fully compliant XHTML/CSS interface.
  • Manual Excerpts -- This allows you to handcraft summaries of your posts to appear in your RSS feed and other places.
  • New Default Templates -- Again we've streamlined theses with the latest in simple, easy-to-understand standard XHTML and CSS. And not a CSS hack in sight.
  • Plus numerous behind the scenes code cleanups, making this release faster and more stable than ever.

On its 9th birthday, the WordPress deve team announced that the first release candidate (RC1) for WordPress 3.4 is now available.

An RC comes after the beta period and before final release. So, expect the final 3.4 release soon.

To test WordPress 3.4, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you'll want "bleeding edge nightlies"). Or download the release candidate here (zip).

Happy 9th Birthday WordPress!