The WordPress development team met last week and laid out the plans for WordPress 3.1 scheduled for release on December 15. Here are the details:
The finalized goals for WordPress 3.1 are “to have a very short dev cycle, a decent amount of testing time, and a release in mid-December. Low on new features, heavy on ui and code cleanup, and avoidance of schema changes. Save the big ideas for 3.2 where we’ll have the liberty to implement those ideas in PHP5. No schema changes and no big new APIs.”
Besides bug fixes and code cleanup, users can look forward to a new WordPress.com inspired admin bar and theme browser, as well as post templates and styles, and a separate network dashboard.
The team plans to halt new feature submissions on October 15th, followed by a primary code freeze on November 1st, and a string freeze on December 1st. The beta period will begin November 15th until the estimated final release date of December 15th.
There is not a lot of cosmetic changes, but I’m looking forward to the new Admin pages that’s similar to WordPress.com.