[Video] WordPress Update v3.1 new functionality

The long awaited update to WordPress v3.1 arrived last week, and as it rapidly approaches one million downloads (937,587 at the time of this writing) I’m finally getting around to showing you what the newest changes look like. Sure, you could simply log into your WordPress admin and look for yourself. I made the video below for those who aren’t sure they want to update because of the changes, and for my clients that sign into their WordPress admins very rarely.

The two changes that you’ll notice immediately are the Admin Bar, and the new link interface. I show you how they work in the video above, and here are some additional facts about each of the new features:

The Admin Bar

  • The Admin Bar is not visible to your site’s visitors. Only logged in users will see the Admin Bar, and only when they’ve logged into the WordPress Dashboard. They can turn this option off within their Profile, or choose to show the Admin Bar on either the front end, or just in the Dashboard (or both).
  • There is a plugin available that will completely remove the Admin Bar from your WordPress install. Before you go and do that though, please realize that each user profile contains Admin Bar options. Each user can set the Admin bar to either show or not, on both the front end and in the admin. Click the “Profile” link under “User” in the left hand navigation within your WordPress admin to find them.
  • BONUS PLUGIN SCOOP: My Twitter-ific friend Kim Parsell developed the WP Hide Dashboard plugin, so if you’re someone that wanted to get rid of the Admin Bar, I thought you might find this plugin useful as well. Why hide the dashboard? Some blogs have more than one author, and/or members that need nothing other than access to their profile (Subscriber designation). To avoid any mishaps while these users access the WordPress Admin area, you can remove the link to the Dashboard, severely limiting that user-group’s access.

Internal Linking
Or, as it’s referred to in the WordPress blog, the redesigned linking workflow. I show you how this works in the video, so I’ll just make sure you understand the advantages to internal linking within your site. You may remember me mentioning the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog Workbook, well the author of that incredibly effective activity has also published a lot of information about Internal Linking to improve your blog’s success. Consider it ‘recommended reading‘. ;)

Update Notes

Overall, the updates went smoothly. I did find one plugin that is no longer being supported, and causes major conflicts within WordPress v3.1. If you run the Grooveshark for WordPress plugin, disable it before updating. Do not activate it after updating. The only reason I’m not telling you to delete the plugin all together is because I’m holding out hope that Grooveshark will update the plugin to restore compatibility. (If it’s not been updated by the next security release, I will be scrapping it.)

All of the sites built on the Genesis Framework were unaffected by the update. PURE WIN!

How did your updates to the new WordPress¬† v3.1 go? Did you find any other plugin conflicts? If so, please list them in the comments! This was the first screencast I’ve done in years, so I’m still figuring out the software. If you have tips on how I could improve them, let’s hear that too!


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