Holy smokes Batman, it’s here !!

The much anticipated WordPress 3.0 has finally reached public beta state.

WordPress fans, it’s here: the first beta of WordPress 3.0 has been released.

In a late-night announcement Jane Wells, the UX lead at Automattic laid out some of the many new features that are featured in version 3.0 beta of the popular blogging software. The first thing she points out is a new custom menus system, which she makes clear “is not quite finished.”

The big announcement of this release though is the merger of WordPress and WordPress MU (multi-user), a fork of WordPress that allows multiple blogs to be operated from one installation. In WordPress 3.0, these two are fully merged, although you should probably read the instructions before taking this feature out for a test drive.

There are other changes to the UI and interface, including the addition of a new default theme (Twenty Ten) and custom post type functionality improvements.

If you have a test install or are just ready to jump on the bleeding edge, go download the 3.0 beta here.

I, like many others, are hoping that the final release candidate will be available around the time WordCamp SF comes around (May 1st). [via]