As always, WordPress continues to hustle through, onwards and upwards, towards their latest release. Looks like there will be a lot of concentration on media uploads in this new version, based on the polling data. Even cooler is the newest “trash can” feature for deleting posts:
Lower ranked features aren’t off the radar, but may take lower priority than some other (non-media) features we have in the works. One of my favorite 2.9 features is in trunk now, and changes the way we delete content. Goodbye, annoying popup asking me if I’m sure I want to delete a comment/post/etc. Hello, fast and quiet removal into a trash can, from which the content can be retrieved if it was deleted by accident. Think Gmail style. We’re also hoping to work on improving page management, though that has a number of technical issues that may cause it to be a 3.0 feature instead.
Back on the media thing, it would be nice if they expanded the media API to allow us developers to access the Media Library outside of posts. This might, for example, allow us to build themes with custom header images that users could upload to their Libraries and select on a config page. For myself, I would love to be able to update the DFE News Harvester plugin to include the option to use an image from the user’s Media Library.
The question is: how much of what they choose to do going forward is based on popular vote? Much of the WP community is non-developer, so while their opinion is important, its not the best way to push the platform in new directions.
I’m hoping a list of new features will be released ahead of development, just so we can take a peek.