WordPress 3.1 is here, go download it!

It was announced a few hours ago, WordPress 3.1, codename “Reinhardt”, is finally out. After a long period of beta versions and Release Candidates, the core team has solved all the remaining bugs and 3.1 is ready.

Tons of new features will be included in that new release. I have presented you will all of them in previous articles, but WPcandy put together a great summary of all the features you will be able to enjoy in that new version:

What’s new and exciting in WordPress 3.1

The “new version available” message should now appear on your WordPress dashboard. Update now, or download it from WordPress.

Discover the WordPress settings API

Theme options pages have become increasingly popular in WordPress themes in the past year. There are numerous tutorials that will teach you how to create that page, but not that many of them that explain you how to do it the right way, using the WordPress settings API.

Chip Bennett, member of the theme review team, has put together a great complete team on the best practices and the proper way to create such page, from backend to frontend.

If you want to create WordPress theme options pages, this is a must-read:

Incorporating the Settings API in WordPress Themes » cb.blog.

Post Formats – a clear explanation

If you have been following the development WordPress 3.1, you know that the new Post formats feature has been subject to numerous debates. Today, Andrew Nacin clears out the situation with a detailed explanation.

Thank you Andrew, for once nobody will #blamenacin :)

On standardized post formats

The state of WordPress themes in 2011

Predict the future is not an easy thing to do. Still, some famous theme developers have given it a try in the latest article of WPcandy blog:

The Future of WordPress Themes in 2011

There are some interesting ideas, make sure you take the time to read the whole article.

Personally, I think that the new features introduced with 3.0 et 3.1 will play a big role in the shape of the WordPress themes to come in the next few months: post formats and custom post types will allow the developers to come up with creative ideas and uses of WordPress. That will allow for really small niche themes, but also more classical personal blog themes and micro blogging tumblr-like things.

What’s your take on the subject? Let me know below, and we will meet each other next year to see who was right!

How to: always show the new WordPress admin bar

Westi proposes a simple way to show the new 3.1 admin bar to all users, and thus have a log in button and a search bar on all pages.

Have a look!

Always show admin bar « follow the white rabbit.

How To Remove WordPress Admin Bar

With the upcoming release of WordPress 3.1, a new feature will be added to WordPress, for admins to be able to edit and interact with their site directly from the front-end. This admin bar will be placed at the top of the website, and will provide quick links to the admin menus directly from the site.
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