Our WordPress.com blogs are constantly being upgraded in the background to test new features for the next upgrade or partial upgrade to the stand-alone WordPress.org blogging software. Since WordPress.com has now announced the integration of features from v3 here, it was time to make another update to my Not The Official WordPress.com Gallery FAQ.
So what’s new in the Gallery feature? Not a lot, really. The biggest change is the ability to exclude an image from the Gallery without having to delete it entirely from the Media Library. This functionality was actually integrated back at the beginning of March 2010 and may have been included already in one of the WP. org 2.9.X versions.
Improvements in media handling have been discussed with every update since December 2008 when WordPress.com rolled out the latest Dashboard, which is officially here to stay for another 4 years. It’s a Sisyphean task making any fundamental change in a legacy system such as this and the Gallery feature specifically has been on a rollercoaster ride since it’s introduction two years ago. Just the number of searches and hits on my Gallery FAQ seems to indicate that WP bloggers are still grappling with how to use this feature.
At the same time, WordPress.com’s “Theme Team” has been quickly rolling out fresh themes for use on WordPress.com based on the functionality of v3. The theme I am presently using, Inuit Types, is one of those new themes, along with “Structure” and “Twenty Ten“, the new default theme replacing Kubrick on self-hosted WP.org installs and in use on my primary WordPress.com blog. The Gallery feature in “Twenty Ten” behaves as in older themes has been updated, at least as of May 8th, to behave like “Structure” and “Inuit Types”. (For details on Inuit Types see the “aside” in my FAQ update of April 15.)