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WordPress 3.1 Features Taking Shape

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Development on WordPress 3.1 is well underway, and with the string freeze coming up on December 1st, some key new features are beginning to take shape.

Earlier this week, Automattic code wrangler Stephane Daury published a revealing screenshot of the new internal linking feature, while WordPress lead developer Mark Jaquith briefly discussed the new post formats feature.

What do you think of the internal linking and post formats features thus far? Will you be trying the 3.1 beta when it’s released later this month?

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  1. Bob Dunn (2 comments.) says:

    Been very interested in learning about that new internal linking feature as I heard Jane speak of it at a WordCamp. Bummer though, your screenshot link of it isn’t working.

    • James Huff (109 comments.) says:

      It appears to be working now. Probably just a momentary glitch.

      • Mathew Wallace (1 comments.) says:

        It’s working now and it’s a feature to look forward to. I’m not that techie though, so I’ll have to wait for the stable version to be released before I could use them on our site!

  2. Lucian (2 comments.) says:

    It seems that they want to get what the most users are using and put it into the core, so an additional plugin won’t be needed. I’ll test the new version, i test every version that is released, we have to see how it is working.

  3. Tan The Man (37 comments.) says:

    It’ll be interesting to see how the link management system works in 3.1. I’ve been working without it for so long, that I would be lying if I didn’t think I would use it at all once it’s implemented.

  4. Eric O'Brien says:

    I am not at all clear what a “post formats feature” is. Or does. Or what it might help a user do. Several people seem to be really jazzed about the idea. Eh? Somebody, please, explain this in more detail. Use examples! ;)

    • James Huff (109 comments.) says:

      Post formats provide a way to identify specific kinds of posts and provide unique styling if available.

      For example, pretend that you often post galleries on your blog, but you want photos in these posts to be aligned a certain way. In your theme, you’d set the alignment for all images within a gallery post. Then, when writing your post, simply add the images and set the post format to gallery. Now that you’ve identified it as a gallery post, your theme will take care of the hard work for you.

  5. Eric O'Brien says:

    OK, that IS exciting and powerful. How’s this then… A post can be “tagged” or “labeled” (my words) with a “format.” This format has css rules attached to it. Select a post format for a post and the rules are automatically applied. If this were word processing or page layout, I’d think of this feature as a “Style.”

  6. dgrut (13 comments.) says:

    hm.. getting easier to build internal link. I wonder, it can automate this?

  7. Rev. Voodoo (4 comments.) says:

    Yup, pretty interested in the post formats. Something I’ve needed for a while, for pocasts, images, video, etc. It will definitely be something fun to play with!

  8. Sandro (4 comments.) says:

    The internal link new feature sounds great, I have been using a plugin so far for that. Guess I’ll wait for the stable version, though.

  9. vickywebworld (1 comments.) says:

    The link management system in wordpress 3.1 is really great. It is one of the features I like most



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