WordPress 3.1 Now Available

We have updated our Blogs@UCI service to the latest version of WordPress. We are now running 3.1, codenamed “Reinhardt” in honor of the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

You may notice some changes including:

  • A new internal linking tool to make it easy to link to existing posts and pages.
  • An Admin Bar to quickly reach your most-used dashboard functions. If you are logged into your site, you will see the Admin Bar on the public view and the Dashboard.
  • A streamlined writing interface. Many of the seldom used panels are now hidden by default. (You can still customize your writing view by clicking the Screen Options tab in the top right.)
  • The blue Admin Color Scheme has been updated. This is available in your Personal Profile.

Internal Linking Tool

Linking to internal pages and posts just got easier in WordPress 3.1.

  1. In a Post or Page, highlight the text you want to link.
  2. Click the Insert/Edit Link button.
  3. Click the arrow next to “Or link to existing content.
  4. Select from one of your existing pages or posts and click the Add Link button.

Admin Bar

A new Admin Bar is available when you are logged in to your blog. You will see it from the public view and from the admin view.

Admin Bar - Dashboard View

Admin Bar - Dashboard View

Admin Bar - Public View

Admin Bar - Public View

From the Admin Bar you can easily access the following:

  • Your Name
    • Your Profile
    • Your Dashboard
    • Log Out link
  • My Sites
    • If you have or are a member of more than one site hosted on Blogs@UCI, you can access your other sites from the My Sites drop down menu.
  • Add New
    • Add a new Post
    • Add a new Page (Note: If you do not have this option, you may not have a role with sufficient privileges to create pages on the site you are accessing.)
  • Comments
    • Quickly access any comments on your site
  • Appearance
    • Widgets
    • Menus

View the video screencast on the Admin Bar.

Streamlined Writing Interface

Many of the seldom used panels are now hidden by default when writing Posts or Pages. You can customize this interface by selecting the Screen Options tab at the top right.

Screenshot of Screen Options

Screen Options Tab

This will expand the Screen Options to allow you to show or hide the panels you prefer. Hint: Click the Screen Options tab again to collapse this view.

Screen Options Screenshot

Screen Options Expanded

New Blue Admin Color Scheme

You can change your Admin color scheme from the default of gray to blue. This is not a new feature, but the blue color scheme has been updated with lighter blue hues.

Update Your Color Scheme

  1. Go to your Personal Profile. You can get there one of three ways:
    1. Select “Edit My Profile” from the Admin Bar drop down menu under your name.
    2. Click on your name next to “Howdy” in the top right.
    3. Select Your Profile from the Users Panel on the left.
  2. Select either the Blue or Gray Admin Color Scheme and click Update Profile at the bottom of the screen.
    Screenshot for Personal Options
Gray Color Scheme

Gray Color Scheme (Default)

Blue Color Scheme

Blue Color Scheme