WordPress 3.1, the latest release, includes some very cool new features. Code named “Reinhardt” WordPress 3.1 is packed with some useful tools whether you’re familiar with WordPress already or whether you’re a novice. Here are just a few of the new features:
The new post formats option is an excellent way to be able to choose different post styles depending on the content of each particular post.
You can choose options such as asides (short posts), video, audio, photo gallery, image, quote, chat, status and link.
These features are available dependent on the actual theme your are using and whether or not the theme author has added this functionality.
Post formats allow you to neatly display your posts in a standardised format that makes sense to your blog visitors.
An easy way to interlink your internal pages which is imperative for search engine optimisation.
To use this feature you need to be in Visual mode when editing a page or post. Select the text you wish to link from then click on the link icon. Click on the down arrow next to “Or link to existing content” and either use the search box or select a page or post in the list that appears and select “Add Link“.
The name of the page you are linking to will even be placed automatically in the title tag for you.
The new admin bar provides you with a quick way to access the most common tools you’re likely to use. Whether you want to create a new post, monitor a comment or go directly to the dashboard, this can all be done directly from your website.
If you find it annoying however this feature is easy enough to turn off. Just click on “Edit Profile” (from the handy admin bar!) then uncheck the option next to “Show Admin Bar – when viewing site“.
A feature for developers to create complex queries for multiple taxonomies. As an example you may want to find all posts which are in the “SEO” category but do not have the tag “Social Media”.
Less Cluttered Writing Interface
A much more streamlined writing interface is less confusing for new users to WordPress. Many of the previous options are hidden by default but can be turned on by clicking on “Screen Options” at the top right of the screen and selecting the ones you want visible.
Updated Blue Admin Colour Scheme
A fresh new look for the blue admin colour scheme provides a smart new interface.
Update to WordPress 3.1
Upload the new WordPress 3.1 now. If you already have a previous installation of WordPress you can upgrade to version 3.1 from your dashboard. Otherwise download from WordPress.org.