WordPress 3.1 Django brings streamlined blogging

UPDATE 23/02/2010 2126: Clearly seeing the potential for confusion, WordPress owner Automattic has changed its mind and made the release name for WordPress 3.1 'Reinhardt' instead of 'Django' - suggesting the original codename was little more than a successful attempt to drum up publicity for the platform.

Automattic, the company behind the popular open source blogging platform WordPress, has officially unveiled version 3.1, claiming the software is now 'more of a CMS than ever before.'

WordPress 3.1 brings a raft of improvements to the platform, including a new linking workflow designed to make it easier to link to existing posts and pages, a new admin bar that provides one-click access to commonly used dashboard features from any section, and a streamlined writing interface that aims to be significantly less cluttered than in previous editions.

The latest release also includes support for 'post formats,' a way of changing the layout or appearance of an entry according to the type of post - an attempt to replicate the success of Tumbler's simple posting styles.

Back-end improvements include the ability to perform advanced taxonomy and custom field queries, a new network admin interface, an entirely overhauled import and export system, and more.

"With the 3.1 release, WordPress is more of a CMS than ever before," claimed project lead Matt Mullenweg in a release statement. "There were over two thousand commits to the codebase in the 3.1 cycle."

While WordPress 3.1 is certianly an impressive upgrade, there's a certain feature that is sure to cause controversy: the codename. This latest release takes the name of famed jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt as inspiration: WordPress 3.1 'Django.'

Sadly, that's a name familiar in content management circles as well as the jazz world: Django is a high-level Python framework for creating complex dynamic web services - including, for those with the talent, WordPress-style blogs.

The latest WordPress release can be installed using the one-click update tool in the Admin panel on all self-hosted WordPress blogs, or downloaded for manual installation directly from WordPress.org.