Well The latest release of wordpress is due out any day now. They have released the Second Release Candidate and it looks pretty nice.
The Biggest things in this release are a global admin bar, ajaxified admin screens and post formats.
These are simply additional meta information attached to each post. These will mean that displaying each post in a list, say the home page of a blog style site , the archives list page or the Blog page just to pick a few possible examples will be a very simple process. As simple as a single line of code to differentiate between a “video” , “Gallery” , or short facebook/twitter style this means that to achieve this functionality will mean no more using categories or custom post meta for unnesessary purposes.
Global Admin Bar
If you have used the wordpress.com service you will have noticed that at the top of the page is a grey navigation bar allowing you to move around to the edit post page, dashboard etc these options will change depending on the user level.
A User Logged in as the site administrator might see the following link structure as a dropdown menu.
- Edit Profile
- Add New
- Any Custom Post Types
Where A Subscriber might see something more like this:
- Edit Profile
All They could do on the dashboard is edit their profile anyway.
This makes administering the site a little faster and a little simpler.
It means that sorting, searching or navigating pages, posts, plugins, themes etc will all be easier, faster and less draining on your host as wordpress is not loading the entire page to sort through the list of posts.
Neat little upgrade and entirely on the administration side of things.
Apart from these major updates, there has been a myriad of minor updates inluding admin CSS cleanup, database querying, updating the included version of jQuery to the latest version, updates to TinyMCE (The WYSIWG editor on posts and pages) and much more. Full Details can be seen on the wordpress codex.
It certainly is a step forward for wordpress for usability, reliability and speed.