WordPress has finally released the long-awaited 3.1 version named “Reinhardt” in honour of the jazz legend Django Reinhardt. Overall, WordPress 3.1., which has been described as more of a content management system (CMS) than ever before, comes with a redesign that would make your workflow faster and easier to link to your existing pages and posts. The new workflow is encapsulated in an Admin bar (shown in the image below), that sits right on top of your Web page. The Admin bar contains links or menu-items that will allow Webmasters to edit their profile, go to dashboard, and log out from the front-end. Other menu-items include Add New (Posts and Pages), Comments, Appearance (Widgets and Menus), Shortlink and a search bar.
Direct Front-End Access
In addition, new features include, a streamlined writing interface that hides rarely used panels by default so as to create a simpler interface (you can visit Screen Options to restore panels) and a refreshed blue admin scheme that can be chosen under the personal options. Developers will also benefit from a new Post Formats support that will make it easy for themes to create portable tumblelogs with different styling for different post types.
Better CMS Functionality
Furthermore, WP 3.1 offers new and more flexible CMS capabilities such as archiving pages for custom content types, a new Network Admin, improved import and export system and the ability to perform advanced taxonomy and custom fields queries. All in all, this is a vast improvement on previous versions which have also been excellent and I must congratulate the development team who have implemented a lot of features users’ have asked for.
Click here to download WP3.1-(the latest WordPress Version) or alternatively, update from within your dashboard.
What are your impressions of the new WordPress Version 3.1?