Using post formats? You need this new plugin!

If you have played with WordPress post formats, you know that they can be really powerful, but that so far the Edit panel interface does not provide any special tools depending on which post format you selected.

But Alex King and his team have now released a plugin that creates a great Post formats UI. A must-use!

I have always be bothered that if I wanted to have a nice-looking link format for, I had to use custom fields. Luckily, this plugin creates new meta boxes for each custom field that is needed to make your post formats look good.

WordPress Post Formats Admin UI :

The code is hosted on GitHub, so you can fork and contribute if you want to.

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.

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!