One of the great things about WordPress is it’s always under development; it’s always getting better, faster, with more features. Currently slated for a December release, WordPress version 3.5 is the next major version coming down the pipe. Today, let’s look at some of the great new improvements we can expect in WordPress 3.5…
New Twenty Twelve Theme
One of the biggest changes is the new Twenty Twelve theme. After some delays in getting Twenty Twelve out the door for previous versions of WordPress, the great new theme has finally been added as the new default theme in WordPress 3.5. With its clean, simple, and responsive design and the latest best practices in theme development utilized throughout, it will serve as a great starting point for any new WordPress-powered sites in the future.
Admin Welcome Screen Changed
WordPress’s admin area has a few changes to speak of. The first one a new user might notice is the changed welcome screen that appears the first time you access the admin dashboard. The welcome screen has been around since before WordPress 3.5, but in this version the contents of the welcome screen has been improved to provide a more streamlined and user-friendly experience.
Links/Blogroll Section Removed
Another major change you might notice is the removal of the “Links” item from the main admin menu. Starting in WordPress 3.5 the Links menu will be hidden by default for all new installs. This is likely the beginning of a move to completely remove the links/blogroll functionality from the core of WordPress. It’s part of a bigger initiative to trim down and optimize WordPress and remove things that may only be useful to a smaller portion of the community. But, if you are one of those people who still use the Links functionality, fear not! A new plugin has been made available that will allow you to continue using the Links function as it was before. It can be found here.
Media Uploader UI Improvements
The interface for uploading and inserting media to posts has had a major overhaul once again. With a simplified look and intuitive controls including drag & drop, this update aims to make it super easy to get your media added into your posts quickly.
Improved Static Front Page UI
The interface for setting a static page to be displayed on the front page of your site has been improved. The interface is now more interactive and the options are a bit more clear. A couple sub-options have also been added to allow for better configuration.
You can now easily install plugins that you’ve marked as Favorite from your account on WordPress.org inside your WordPress setup. Simply click on “Favorites” on the Install Plugins page in your WordPress admin, type in the username you use on WordPress.org, and then click on “Get Favorites“. You will then see a list of all the plugins you’ve favorited and can then proceed to install them as desired. Very easy and very useful.
Extra Developer Goodies
If you’re a developer of WordPress plugins, themes, etc. you’ll be happy to know that there are also many updates to some under-the-hood functions of WordPress. Here is a list of just some of the changes you’ll find in WordPress 3.5, as listed on the official WordPress.org blog:
- External libraries updated: TinyMCE 3.5.6. SimplePie 1.3. jQuery 1.8.2. jQuery UI 1.9 (and it’s not even released yet). We’ve also added Backbone 0.9.2 and Underscore 1.3.3, and you can use protocol-relative links when enqueueing scripts and styles. (#16560)
- WP Query: You can now ask to receive posts in the order specified by
- XML-RPC: New user management, profile editing, and post revision methods. We’ve also removed AtomPub. (#18428, #21397, #21866)
- Multisite: switch_to_blog() is now used in more places, is faster, and more reliable. Also: You can now use multisite in a subdirectory, and uploaded files no longer go through ms-files (for new installs). (#21434, #19796, #19235)
- TinyMCE: We’ve added API support for “views” which you can use to offer previews and interaction of elements from the visual editor. (#21812)
- Posts API: Major performance improvements when working with hierarchies of pages and post ancestors. Also, you can now “turn on” native custom columns for taxonomies on edit post screens. (#11399, #21309, #21240)
- Comments API: Search for comments of a particular status, or with a meta query (same as with WP_Query). (#21101, #21003)
- oEmbed: We’ve added support for a few oEmbed providers, and we now handle SSL links. (#15734, #21635, #16996, #20102)
Check out this link for more details: http://wordpress.org/news/2012/09/wordpress-3-5-beta-1/
But wait, there’s more!
Of course this is just a quick overview of all the new stuff to be found in WordPress 3.5. You’ll have to check it out for yourself to see it all. Remember, you can always download the latest version of WordPress here. But, as of this writing, WordPress 3.5 has not yet been released. But if you’re feeling adventurous you can try out the beta, by using this plugin, to see all the great new stuff in WordPress 3.5 before it is officially released.
With all those great new additions, version 3.5 is set to be another great update to WordPress. We at WPZOOM are excited for its release and hope you are too. And as always, we will continue to support our customers by improving our themes and ensuring their compatibility with new versions of WordPress going into the future.
So, what are you most excited about in the forthcoming WordPress 3.5 release?