Update: Check update below to see the renamed release
The fourteenth major version of WordPress; WordPress 3.1 has finally been released to the public. WordPress 3.1 codenamed
"Django" "Reinhardt" is named in honor of the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and follows the naming trend for WordPress releases with musicians names.
WordPress 3.1 has a lot of new features which include:
- Redesigned linking workflow which makes it easier to link to your older posts (Internal linking is good for SEO)
- A new admin bar which will allow you to quickly access your dashboard pages while you are browsing your website.
- A better writing interface which hides rarely used panels by default.
- A new refreshing blue admin scheme
- New Post Formats which makes it easier for themes to create micro blogs with different styles
- New CMS features like archive pages for custom content types
- Overhaul of the import and export system
- Advanced taxonomy and custom field queries
Most of the new features in WordPress 3.1 is not targeted towards the regular users, but more towards advanced theme developers who can make use of these functions to create themes that will transform your WordPress installation into a CMS.
More info on the WordPress 3.1 release and downloads can be found on the official blog.
Update: The release was renamed to "Reinhardt" after a controversy came up on Hacker News related to naming WordPress 3.1 release "Django" which is also a popular programming web framework for Python.