While it’s not available on my dashboard yet, I’ve seen the announcement that WordPress 3.1 is ready to go. Note that it’s 3.1 as opposed to 3.0.6. This indicates that it’s a new software release instead of bug or security fixes.
I like to play it safe with new software releases and let other people test it out first. This also gives the people who make plugins more time to adjust their code to the new version of WordPress.
I’ll watch the reviews and see what folks are saying about the latest version. I’ll also update some of my own installations and test it out. Once I’m sure the new version is safe, I’ll let you know. Look for an update from me on Friday or Monday.
WordPress 3.1- What’s New
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.
WordPress 3.1 – Should You Update?
Not yet. I’d hold off and let other people test it out. I’ll watch the Internet for reviews and test it out myself. I’ll let you know what I find.
WordPress 3.1 – Update Information
When you do update to 3.1 it will be very important to make a backup before you begin the process. Here’s information on how to backup WordPress.
Once you’ve completed the update, take a look at your site and make sure that everything still works. Again this is very important for a new software release. Sometimes plugins may have problems with the new WordPress software. If you do discover a problem turn off the plugin and email the developer of the plugin about the issue. They should be able to update their plugin to work with the new software.
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