New Screenshots Of WordPress 3.0

Unfortunately we don't have time right now to write new posts, but at least we want you to show some new screenshots of WordPress 3.0.

WordPress 3.0 Background settings

WordPress background settings

Now you have the option to set positon, repeat and attachment.

WordPress 3.0 Header Image

WordPress 3.0 Header Image8 header images are available in the new theme TwentyTen.

WordPress 3.0 Menu Settings

WordPress 3.0 Menu Screenshot

WordPress 3.0 Custom Background Support

In WordPress 3.0, it will have, additional to the Custom Header Image support, also a Custom Background Support. A first snapshot is in the current trunk. To use the functionality, the theme needs in functions.php this line:


After that, there is in your backend under Appearance the menu Custom Background available.

WordPress 3.0 Custom Background Step 1

After uploading an image, you have the option to activate "Tile the background" and delete the background image.

WordPress 3.0 Custom Background Support Step 2

Here the result with the new Theme Twenty Ten.

Theme Twenty Ten with Custom Background Support

WordPress: Useful Default Configuration Settings Via Plugin

Everybody who installs WordPress quite often knows the problem: You always have to do the same adjustments, for example deleting the Hello World post. That cost time and money. Our friend Thomas Scholz alias toscho had a simple but genius idea, he puts all needed option settings in a Plugin. Just activate the Plugin, deactivate it and delete it. Done!

You can adjust and expand the options as you like. A good overview is the wp-admin/options.php.

Plugin Name: Toscho's basic settings
Plugin URI:
Description: Some useful default configuration settings. See 'wp-admin/options.php' for more options.
Version: 0.2
Author: Thomas Scholz
Author URI:

function set_toscho_defaults()
    $o = array(
        'avatar_default'            => 'blank',
        'avatar_rating'             => 'G',
        'category_base'             => '/thema',
        'comment_max_links'         => 0,
        'comments_per_page'         => 0,
        'date_format'               => 'd.m.Y',
        'default_ping_status'       => 'closed',
        'default_post_edit_rows'    => 30,
        'links_updated_date_format' => 'j. F Y, H:i',
        'permalink_structure'       => '/%year%/%postname%/',
        'rss_language'              => 'de',
        'timezone_string'           => 'Etc/GMT-1',
        'use_smilies'               => 0,

    foreach ( $o as $k => $v )
        update_option($k, $v);

    // Delete dummy post and comment.
    wp_delete_post(1, TRUE);

register_activation_hook(__FILE__, 'set_toscho_defaults');

Here you can download the Plugin by toscho.

WordPress 3.0 Specific Author Templates

WordPress 3.0 Author TemplateIn WordPress 3.0 it will be possible to use specific author templates. The function get_author_template() has been expanded in wp-includes/theme.php.

Now you can create a author-michael.php or author-123.php, which will be called via the WordPress Template Hierarchy in connection to the author with user_nicename michael or ID 123. Basically the same funtionality as we known for categories.

WordPress 3.0 Multisite Settings

Exclusively 2 Screenshots of the new WordPress 3.0 Multisite Settings. You can find them under Options->Network:
WordPress 3.0 Network settings step 1
After you set the settings, you receive in a second step the content for wp-config.php and .htaccess. Additionally you have to create the subfolder blogs.dir in wp-content , where you put the media-files for each blog.

WordPress 3.0 Network settings step 2

Since WordPress 3.0 is still in development, there might be many changes until the final release.

Display Always All Subpages in Sidebar

We hope you had a great start in 2010 and some relaxing holidays the last couple days. Our first post in 2010 is about displaying subpages in a sidebar. Anyone who uses WordPress for company websites, has mostly to do with static pages that are in an hierarchical tree. To access these pages for the user, there are many possibilities.

In this article I want to show an example in which are the main pages in a horizontal navigation. The related sub-pages are displayed in the sidebar when you click on the main page.

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