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Wordpress 3.1 was released yesterday with a massive fanfare. The fact it’s now a 3.1 release means that there’s significant new features added, rather than just bug fixes.

What’s New?

Although there’s a full list of updates on WordPress’ website, here’s the features I’m most looking forward to:-

  • Internal Linking – Auto target keywords to get links to your best or most relevant posts. I’m really looking forward to this one! It’s something that WordPress has needed for ages, as internal linking is a crucial yet often ignored part of SEO. This makes it a lot easier to manage.
  • Admin Bar – Browsing your blog as an admin allows you to make quick & simple changes via a black bar along the top of the site. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not, I’ve played with it on You’re Supposed to Be At Home & it blends in with the header navigation too much for my liking. Can you change the colour of it?
  • Post Formats – This is very interesting. Basically, you can have a different style of post depending on what that post is about. A large comment list will display differently from a video. I’m really looking forward to play with this!


I’ve upgraded (I’m often very cautious and generally wait to x.x.1 release, which spots a few bug fixes & security updates), but noticed that a few people are having problems. Remember to backup before upgrading!

Favourite Parts of the new WordPress?

What’s your favourite parts of the new WordPress? Have you had a play around with Post Formats? If you have, share them in the comments, I’d love to see them!

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  • Han

    I’ve upgraded no problem, looking forward to redesigning my site and using every feature wp has to offer! My challenge to myself! :D

    February 24, 2011 at 10:01 am
  • Bon "Idearella" Crowder

    I didn’t know the internal linking was coming and accidentally discovered it. I rubbed my nipples.

    Saw the admin bar and didn’t know what it was. Didn’t have time to stop and look at it much. I will now.

    Will look into the post formats. Not sure what that’s about. I did notice that there wasn’t a place for an excerpt when I posted on http://www.MathIsNotAFourLetterWord.com this morning. Is that one of the features of the video format?

    February 24, 2011 at 3:22 pm
  • Ben

    The admin bar is much more useful if you have multiple blogs running from the same install :) I have 13!

    February 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm
  • Carly

    Oooh I must upgrade and play today, as I’m designing a theme for my new venture… The internal linking is good, though I think I used to use a plugin to do something similar a while back for work. I think anytime I mentioned a subject, like ‘biology’ it autolinked to that category. Of course, my new site will benefit from that greatly!

    Also looking forward to playing with post formats too – If I remember correctly, a while back that Jem (http://jemjabella.co.uk) was trying to do something similar on her blog…


    February 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

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