I am very happy to announce that the first release of WordPress is now available for download. A full change log is available, but here is a brief overview of the new 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 compliant 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 “
nl2bron 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.
WordPress is available completely free of charge under the GPL license. Enjoy!