WordPress 3.1 Features

What are the new features in WordPress 3.1? Many of you have read the WP 3.1 release and some have upgraded but don’t know what the big fuss is about. Let’s go over some of the really neat features introduced in WordPress 3.1.

Post Formats

This will be the most talked about feature in the WP 3.1 release. Post Formats support definitely takes WordPress to a new level of CMS capabilities, and we’re quite excited about it here at Gabfire Themes. In short, Post Formats allow you to choose a format that determines how the post is displayed. In concept, it is similar to Page Templates, however there is a standardized set of options that can be used. Available formats can be found on the WordPress Codex here and are shown below:

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Upgrading to WordPress 3.1

WordPress 3.1 was released a few days ago and if you are wondering if it’s OK to upgrade, feel free to do so at anytime. Here at Gabfire Themes, we’re real excited about the WP 3.1 release as it gives us theme developers a bunch of new functions, such as Post Formats support. Even more importantly, WP 3.1 includes a handful of updates that will streamline your content publishing and internal linking. We’ll touch on some of the neat features at a later time.

For now, just know that Gabfire Themes are fully compatible with WP 3.1 so feel free to upgrade, but be sure to check your third-party plugins as some may not yet be compatible with the latest release.

NewsPro WordPress Theme Gets Best Updates Yet

Per our tweet and tease on the support forums yesterday, the NewsPro theme has been updated with some exciting new features. However, the most noticeable updates are under the hood, and can be seen in the back-end control panel. So here’s a quick round-up of the latest updates to one of the best newspaper themes in the market. (p.s. we love newspaper themes!)

Theme Control Panel

What about it? Well since our users loved the new options panel introduced into the ShowFolio theme, we decided to do the same with NewsPro. So check out the new options panel which is far more organized and contains several enhancements not available in previous versions of this theme.

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Showfolio – WordPress Portfolio Theme Gets an Update

It’s been only two weeks since we released Showfolio – our first theme of the new year – and we already have an awesome update for our users. Those lucky customers who are proud owners of Showfolio can download the latest update now.

Theme Options

New Theme Options framework. By far the most noticeable update is the sleek new options panel. Using Devin’s great work over at WPTheming which was inspired by WooThemes, we have integrated a new theme options panel which will surely be welcomed by our users. It’s been something on the to-do list for quite a while, and about time we got around to it.

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