Here are some supposedly "basic" functions I am dying to have in WordPress.
1. Post auto-expiration and repetition.
Specifically, I need to make a post that appears on one day of the year for people to comment on, then hides itself until that same day the next year. However, weekly- and monthly- repeating posts and posts that expire over time also seem pretty basic. Why does nobody ever do anything like this? It seems pretty basic to me, and I need this function badly. I know there are plugins for repeating events, but they don't do what I need them to do.
I want to be able to change words like "star wars empire strikes back" to "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" automatically. I consider that basic functionality. There is one plugin for word replacement, but it only supports like 24 replacement phrases total, at a time. I need hundreds.
3. Secondary index ("Home") pages, that only display posts of certain categories.
I want to have an art page that displays art and an article about it, by date. All the art has to be in the "Art" category so all the normal "Home Page" posts don't show up on my art page.
If anyone else cares about these incredibly useful features, please comment here. These are very important to me.