Verden: Beyond the Gate
Your character level (as determined by your purchased attributes) is your ECL for any and all abilities based on HD, ECL, or class level, but NOT for Caster Level and other spellcasting-related purposes (these are determined by your related spellcasting levels as appropriate).
Just as the number of special abilities does not determine your ECL, the number of feats a character possesses will no longer depend on your level. This means you can pay for feats just as you would special abilities with no limits (and without having to find an appropriate ‘bonus feat’ on a class list).
All item creation feats now fall under a single Magic Item Creation feat