More focus on BuddyPress & bbPress
More than any other WP feature, I’d like to see BuddyPress and bbPress developed into a more mature state. To catch up with the WP core they should be receiving the lion’s share of attention right now.
Maybe not for 3.2, but as soon as bbPress (plugin) 1.0 and BuddyPress 1.3 is out the door, I’d like to see a WordPress release that is all about playing nice with bbP and BP.
Speed - Teach us!
Speeding up WordPress just like that can’t possibly be an easy thing to do. Rather, why not educate us, the users? Give us more comprehensive information on how to build and maintain an “optimized” and “speedy” WordPress site. Give us (or point us to) the tools to closely analyze our sites and track down sources of slow-downs.
Contributions should happen mostly because you always want to help improve the very project that your site/client relies on, but there’s nothing wrong with a little extra incentive now and then.
- Feature particularly helpful developers in blogposts, link to their portfolios, companies & services.
- For every release cycle do a pseudo-competition for “Contributing Companies” where you post a top3 of companies that pulled the most weight for that release.
- Create “honor badges” that developers can put on their sites to show that they’re committed to contributing back to the WordPress project.
Custom post types UI
Sure it’s advanced stuff, but from what I’ve experienced the advanced is easily separated from the simple when it comes to CPT. More Types is my favorite example of a CPT plugin that does a great job of opening up the simple stuff, while dodgy advanced options are less accessible. It also works seamlessly (last time I tried it) with all sorts of custom post types as opposed to some of these editors that won’t discover new or non-default types.
- Standardize how plugins deal with settings and navigation
- PHP 5.2 required
- Front-end editing/posting (i.e. make TinyMCE accessible in front end)
- Akismet out of core