WordPress 3.1 Released

February 23rd, 2011
WordPress, WordPress News

WordPress 3.1 has been released.

This release features a lightning fast redesigned linking workflow which makes it easy to link to your existing posts and pages, an admin bar so you’re never more than a click away from your most-used dashboard pages, a streamlined writing interface that hides many of the seldom-used panels by default to create a simpler and less intimidating writing experience for new bloggers (visit Screen Options in the top right to get old panels back), and a refreshed blue admin scheme available for selection under your personal options.

All together, this release fixes more than 820 issues.

Users can upgrade automatically via their Dashboard or use the manual instructions. As always, please contact the WordPress Support Forums if you run into any trouble.

Now that WordPress 3.1 has been released, the core developers plan 3.2  to be a shorter development cycle,  “and include some fun improvements around plugins and the speed of the admin.”

Have you upgraded to WordPress 3.1 yet? What do you think of the new features?




  1. Kishore Mylavarapu (13 comments.) says:

    Updated to latest 3.1.Great features great work always.

  2. Kiddi the Medical Student (1 comments.) says:

    I just updated to 3.1 and it worked like a charm, was done in about 30 seconds and there were no errors.

    I think the admin bar is quite nice, it’s a handy feature being able to go straight to your dashboard from the front page instead of having to type the url in the address bar (or press the button in the favourites).

  3. Neil (1 comments.) says:

    I wonder if you could help me out. Yesterday I updated to WordPress 3.1, but today I notice that my homepage is no longer excluding certain categories from showing the excerpts. I still have the followiing in the file (ID of category I want to exclude is “4?, the “News” category)
    is_home) {
    $query->set(‘cat’, ‘-4′);
    return $query;
    add_filter(‘pre_get_posts’, ‘exclude_category’);
    add_action(‘thesis_hook_footer’, ‘custom_footer’);
    function custom_footer() {

    Can you suggest a solution to this? Has anyone else come across this?
    I hope you can help.

  4. Bill (1 comments.) says:

    I like 3.1 a lot. The only thing I don’t like is that now I can’t choose to have my photo link open in a new tab.

  5. DoktorThomas says:

    Ho-hum… another WordPress up-date.
    3.1 = fifty per cent failure rate with manual install.
    I’ll pass.
    Call me when the project is complete.

    • Chris (29 comments.) says:

      Wow, what an informed comment. Where are you getting your 50% failure rate stats? Merely from your own experience?

      • DoktorThomas says:

        And really ugly green buttons.

        Read some of the other comments. Not the only one finding problems with 3.1.

        Read it again; my comment says more than your skimmed read. My “mere experience” is 200+ WP sites. And, it clearly supports 3.0.5 as preferable.

        Where did you derive your comment, if it wasn’t merely from your experience?

        Did I mention really very ugly HUGE green buttons…

  6. krispy (1 comments.) says:

    Nice new features – unfortunately 3.1 is bugged with a fatal error. For those with WP installs on windows servers, the 3.1 upgrade causes infinite re-forwards, and you cannot get into the front pages at all, bringing the sites down. It’s happened to MANY people, and even brand new clean installs of the 3.1 release go wrong with no edits or plugins installed (that’s a fresh install into windows environment).

    logged all over the wordpress support forum – no official response a day later.

    A temp fix is available – using a plugin “Permalink Fix & Disable Canonical Redirects Pack” which gets around the issue until the devs fix a massive problem.

  7. Felix Ple?oianu (4 comments.) says:

    I’m in the “30 sec. upgrade with no issues” camp. Too bad the internal linking feature (which I was looking forward to) is only available from the visual editor, whereas I always work in HTML mode. Oh well. The admin bar and speed optimizations are very welcome.

    • Grant Palin (2 comments.) says:

      Take a look at the Internal Link Shortcode plugin from Alex King. I haven’t tried it yet, but supposedly it extends the now built-in capability with some extra features.

  8. Matt (6 comments.) says:

    Considering the amount of new tickets regarding WP3.1 in the support forums, it’s probably advisable to wait a few days to see how it really pans out.

  9. Beth (1 comments.) says:

    I completed a migration from single blogs to multi-site and upgraded to 3.1 last night. A few hitches with the migration, but none with the upgrade. It made things much easier as I had to change my base url after the migrations and 3.1 handles this so much more easily than 3.0.5. Or, maybe I found how to do it more easily in the new admin interface. Either way — it worked well.

    Still exploring, but so far, I’m in the 30 sec, upgrade with no issues” camp.

  10. Lucky Today (3 comments.) says:

    Admin interface do need a little boost (or my hosting is too slow perhaps?)

    I think I’ll wait till 3.2 but thinking about that 820 issues making me nervous for my present install:)

  11. Angie (20 comments.) says:

    Throughout history, each new release of WP has been buggy as hell. I suppose it was always meant to be a step forward but ended up being two step backwards. Everybody who’s been using WP for a while would know by now that upgrading to a new release when it is released is a bad idea. Best wait for the version that fixes it, or better yet, for the second one after.

  12. gestroud says:

    I’ve been using 3.1 since the first Release Candidate and haven’t experienced any problems except for a conflict with the text editors caused by using Google’s JS libraries (prototype, jquery),which is not WordPress’ fault. Once I removed the Google codes, everything worked well.

  13. Fab (1 comments.) says:

    Just check the compatibility of your plugins before you install this update, some plugins are not working properly yet. If you still wanna try it, backup your website before doing anything

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