WordPress 3.1 Finally Adds Long Awaited Admin Bar

I just got finished updating my blogs to WordPress 3.1, the latest release that’s been out for around two weeks now. The installation was painless and I have no real issues from themeforest wp themes to report yet. The first thing I noticed was the WordPress.com style admin bar which is a feature I think many will really like. Some won’t, but there’s a number of ways to turn it off. The easiest of which is to go into your personal profile options and just turn it off or you can change it display only in the admin section.

This release features a lightning fast redesigned linking workflow which makes it easy to link to your existing posts and pages, an admin bar so you’re never more than a click away from your most-used dashboard pages, a streamlined writing interface that 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), and a refreshed blue admin scheme available for selection under your personal options.

There’s a bucket of candy for developers as well, including our new 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, a new Network Admin, an overhaul of the import and export system, and the ability to perform advanced taxonomy and custom fields queries.

As I’m writing this post and getting it ready to publish I can tell there is a definite speed increase in editor interface which is good, it was starting to get bogged down. option panels I rarely use are all minimized and can be turned off via the screen option tab to clean up the editor interface even more.

Most of the other stuff I haven’t looked at yet, but I’m excited to play around with some of the new developer features and I can’t wait to see what the various frameworks can come up with now.

If you haven’t upgraded to WordPress 3.1 yet I certainly recommend you do. As always though, be sure to backup your database first, just in case.