So WordPress put out a poll asking users what they want with the next upgrade- and the answers came back with a resounding “better media management!” They asked users a few questions- only one of which was mandatory. The mandatory question was “what single media feature would you choose to include in version 2.9?” The answer that came out on top with that question was a standalone editable photo album. Currently it’s per post only. The runner up to that answer was that people want easier options to embed video or third party media. While there are plugins that do this pretty easily (I use viper’s video quicktags- and I believe he’s going to be working with WordPress on adding this feature. Too cool.)- it would be nice to have this already built into WordPress.
The third and fourth place answers were basic image editing and post thumbnails. Basic image editing would allow you to crop, resize, edit your image right in WordPress. And of course the post thumbnails option would make it easier to embed a thumbnail image with a post (keep in mind if you use StudioPress themes this option is built in…yet another reason I love StudioPress! ).
I’m looking forward to seeing what ends up making it into 2.9. Hopefully we’ll see these features this year. If you want to see the full results of the polls and get more info. on each of these potential features, check out the full post on the WordPress blog.