“Reinhardt”  WordPress 3.1, Lots of Fun! Download

WordPress and the team headed by Matt Mullenweg never cease to amaze me at how they continue to add more and more features and functions to make a Website Designers job much easier and efficient.

Not to mention how easy it can be for a novice to learn how to build a business online using a WordPress website design platform.

I’ve been reviewing and testing some of the new features this morning and although I have not gotten to all the new features, I can say that some of these new features are absolutely terrific!

WordPress 3.1 – New Features

Redesigned linking workflow:  This release features a lightning fast linking work flow which makes it easy to link to your existing posts and pages.
My Review: At first this feature looks similar to the previous versions of WordPress 3.0 but if you compare them side by side you will see some pretty handy tools within the linking work flow.  One tip…If you’re using a Plugin such as Tiny MCE Advanced…make sure you disable the “Advanced Link” feature within that plugin otherwise when you click “insert/edit link” you will not get the new linking work flow box.

Admin Bar: So you’re never more than a click away from your most-used dashboard pages.
My Review: For those of you who are familiar with BuddyPress then you’ll love this new feature.  In you’re User profile you can choose to have an admin bar while you view your site “and” within your dashboard.  Or you can choose either or.  I love this feature while viewing the site in that I can edit on the fly by using four Admin Bar panel buttons; My Profile, Add New, Comments and Appearance.  See image below.

 Streamlined writing interface: Hides many of the seldom-used panels by default to create a simpler and less intimidating writing experience for new bloggers (visit Screen Options in the top right to get old panels back).
My Review: If you’re like me I hate having panels up that I never use and I really like customizing some of the dashboard features and this streamlined writing interface gives us another series of tools so we can create a smoother and more efficient workspace.  See image below.

Refreshed blue admin scheme: Available for selection under your personal options.
My Review: I’ve always enjoyed the “grey” admin scheme and I never cared much for the blue scheme.  The new blue admin scheme is great and I think you’re going to love this new scheme.  If you take a look at the two images above you’ll see the new blue scheme.

How do I get this new version?  Either download it here or update from within our dashboard.

In the coming weeks I’ll be reviewing the additional features directed primarily to Web Developers such as Post Formats; support which makes it easy for themes to create portable tumblelogs with different styling for different types of posts, new CMS capabilities; like archive pages for custom content types, new Network Admin; an overhaul of the import and export system, and the ability to perform advanced taxonomy and custom fields queries.

“Reinhardt”  WordPress 3.1, Lots of Fun! Download