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WordPress 3.1 makes blogging easier, one step at a time

Posted by Bradley Wint on 28/02/2011

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WordPress has grown to be one of the most successful blogging tools ever created, and is being used by some of the world’s top websites including Mashable, TechCrunch, TheNextWeb and more. Version 3.1 brings a couple of neat features which should help make the blogging experience much easier. Here are some of the major changes.

Admin Bar

If you ever used a free version of WordPress on, you’d notice that it came with an admin bar at the top of your website while viewing the home page. They have now passes this on to self installations of WordPress. At first I hated the idea but now I find it very convenient because now I don’t have to go to my admin page to create a new post. I can just load up the browser, and click Add New Post on the drop down offered in the menu. Surprisingly there is not an option to turn it off though, but there is a way to get rid of it with some hard code editing.

Internal Post/Page Linking

One of the recommended methods of getting users to visit more pages on your blogs would be to link various phrases or words within your blog post, to other posts on your website, thus getting them to click around. The team at WordPress has now added a little search function within the link box to help you find related posts to link to in your blog post. That’s definitely a nifty tool.

Optional Post Styles

This by far is the best feature for bloggers who want to display various types of content in their post. Maybe a user wants to display a gallery or a box set of smaller links, they can now custom format each post, just like how pages could be customized with a template choice. However, this means you’d have to code your own page to suit your design. The TwentyTen theme comes with the options listed above, but you can add your own.

There have been a number of minor upgrades along with security fixes including:

  • A streamlined interface. Many lesser-used options are hidden by default — WordPress 3.1 feels faster and slicker.
  • A refreshed blue color scheme for the administration panels (the gray scheme still looks better, though).
  • A new network admin screen removes super administration menus from regular panels in multi-site networks.
  • Improved data import export.
  • more than 820 bug fixes.

As usual, the upgrade can be done via the Admin Panel itself in just a few seconds.

WordPress has definitely paved the way for making content management much easier for everyone. One of my personal wishes would be to get a WordPress package compatible with a Cassandra-Apache system for use with NoSQL, mostly to handle very high traffic situations.

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