I have been kinda tracking the changes that WordPress version 3.0 is planning to roll out. I have heard that WordPress MU and single user will be merged into one platform. In my little small world, the only benefit merging would be if you have a single user blog and wanted to start a multi-user blog. In that case, you would not need to do anything with your blog, just add users.
But, one of the biggest benefits would be with the Buddy Press plugin. Buddy Press has already made itself available to be installed on single user blogs. However, you are very limited on the design because most themes for Buddy Press are for WordPress MU. This makes styling and designing these blogs not so easy. Also some of the plugins that go along with Buddy Press are made specifically for MU. Therefore they really don’t work correctly with the single user platform.
You ask what is Buddy Press? Well, it is actually a plugin that turns your WordPress blog into a community similar to Ning. With Ning doing away with their free option, I see lots of communities moving over to Buddy Press. The community members can make groups, add friends, and interact with each other. You control everything in your WordPress dashboard. The most attractive aspect of Buddy Press is that it is self hosted, unlike Ning. You can monetize it and use your own domain name without monthly and yearly fees.
Currently, you need a special theme to run Buddy Press. Or you can convert your theme by doing tons of edits to the php files. Hopefully with the WordPress 3.0 version, you will be able to do one click install with any theme and have Buddy Press up and running in no time.
Other changes with WordPress 3.0:
- Bulk plugin upgrade option
- Custom header and background options built into WordPress instead of your theme. (If your theme has them)
- The ability to manage all sub-domains and sub-directories within one WordPress dashboard
- Many new security features
I can’t wait to see all the new WordPress 3.0 upgrades come to life.