Wordpress 3.1, closer to Drupal

Wordpress 3.1 is a step towards Drupal and offers various useful features befitting a more general CMS.

The list of new features after broad guidelines been defined at a meeting. This version is described by the authors as a true CMS now.

Administer bar

Like Drupal, a bar with administrative functions is displayed at the top.
This page remains present while the administrator is logged, on all pages displayed. It allow to add an article while viewing the content.

Automatic internal links

It is easier to create internal links to previous articles in the blog/site with a search button and a tool for automatic inclusion of the link found on the page when editing.

When you add a link by clicking on the icon, you have a new option to add a link to a previous article. You can then see a list of pages selected for their relevance. Real help to SEO!

Post from home page

That is done from the admin bar present on top of each page.

Alternative styles

With version 3.0 appeared alternative templates pages. The next step is to allow alternative style pages that you select when editing a post, with a drop-down menu to choose a style.
This must be implemented in the theme by the developer.

Personal dashboard

For multi-site, a personal dashboard for each site.

Custom post formats vs. custom types

A list of formats allows themes to customize each page individually. The list does not stretch, even by a plugin, it must be common to all themes. But a theme can bear only part of the list.

The difference with the custom types of pages is that the latter rely on a particular template, included in the theme while post formats rely on meta-data in the page..

See Post format and Custom type. From version 3.1 you can have a list of the custom types.

Multi-sites administering

A new global panel appears.

See Network Admin.

New style

The admin panel si refreshed with a new, clean blue style.

The writing section is cleaned with less fields, but you can retrieve all of them from the screen options.

Availability and Links

Version 3.1 is avaible since F├ębruary 22, 2011. The update is automatical.