WordPress 3.1 Released

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 23, 2011

A new version of the popular blogging platform WordPress has just been released by its developers. WordPress 3.1 contains bug fixes, the developers speak of more than 729 closed issues, new features and several interface changes or enhancements.

The update is not a security update which means that there is no rush to install it directly.

Among the new features is the option to link to existing content easier. This is done via the standard link button in the WordPress writing panel and the selection of "Or link to existing content".

wordpress internal links

It is possible to search for related content or select one of the most recent items. The writing interface has been overhauled. The developers have many interface elements that were shown by default of the screen which should be beneficial to new users. All writing elements can be added again via the Screen Options at the top of the page.

Another addition is the new admin bar that is displayed to WordPress administrators when they navigate the WordPress frontend. The bar is actually not displayed on all of my blogs right now. I'm not sure why that is the case (likely because of CSS minifying or merging) but there is thankfully a way to disable the admin bar.

Open Users > Your Profile and locate Show Admin Bar near the top.  Remove the checkmark from "when viewing site" to disable it.

wordpress disable admin bar

Other noteworthy features are:

  • post formats, meta information used by themes
  • network admin, moves the Super Admin menu out of the regular admin interface
  • list-type admin screens, now sortable by column, better pagination
  • exporter / importer, was overhauled.
  • advanced queries, again something for developers
  • custom content type improvements, again developer related
  • refreshed blue admin color scheme

Interested users can visit the WordPress Codec for an in depth overview of all the features that have been added, improved or changed in the recent release.

WordPress administrators can upgrade their blog to WordPress 3.1 either directly from within the admin interface or by downloading WordPress 3.1 from the official website and installing the new version manually.



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  1. w3expose said on March 22, 2011 at 2:17 am


    You don’t even have to use the [embed] shortcode.
    With just the URL in the post is sufficient.


    Just insert the url, remove the link, and thats it!

  2. Sietse said on February 26, 2011 at 11:48 am

    found out it’s actually much easier to use the Embed shortcode (since WP 2.9):

  3. Kqazi said on February 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Hi, i have updated WordPress to 3.1 and i dont see Video icon , how i can add YouTube video now ?

    1. Sietse said on February 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      great update, but I am wondering the same thing. Video Embed seems to be missing

      1. Martin said on February 25, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        That’s a bug as far as I know

  4. Tech Crates said on February 24, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Great …. WP 3.1 is full of feature…I have updated my blog to the latest ..Have you ?

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