What’s New in WordPress 3.3
Existing users can upgrade with single click. I’ve rarely experienced problems doing that but it still makes me nervous. Back-up your files and database before proceeding.
Let’s see what goodies WordPress 3.3 has to offer…
Revamped InterfaceHTML5 responsive design techniques have been implemented to help WordPress work on small-screen devices such as tablets. As you reduce the screen size, features such as the side menu automatically collapse.
If you suffer from aching fingers, v3.3′s new flyout sub-menus make it possible to access any administrative screen with a single click.
The (previously optional) admin bar and the header have been combined into a single toolbar. It saves space, is less obtrusive and provides quick access to help, comments quick add links and your profile. That said, I suspect it may cause compatibility issues with some plug-ins — it’s definitely a feature you should test before going live.
Drag and Drop Media UploadAssuming you’ve got a decent HTML5 browser, you’ll never need to use the clunky “browse files” dialog again. One or more images or other media can be dragged into the media upload box.
In addition, there’s now a single upload panel for all media — no matter what file types you want to add. WordPress also supports RAR and 7z archive formats.
New Tumblr ImporterWordPress can now import content directly from Tumblr. Tumblog posts can be converted to a matching WordPress post format.
Better Co-operationIf you’ve ever received the “Warning: Bob is currently editing this post” message, you’ll be pleased to hear that co-editing activity lags should be a thing of the past.
There’s More…Version 3.3 also offers:
- a new dashboard welcome screen for fresh installations
- a new post-update changelog screen
- more flexible and faster permalinks
- an overhaul of the editor API
- a new WP_Screen API for working with admin panels
- a new
is_main_query()for determining whether you’re in the main loop
Time to Upgrade?Few people will experience problems but they inevitably crop up with new software releases. If the whole of your business depends on WordPress, it might be advisable to let others find the issues and wait for version 3.3.1. If past experience is anything to go by, that’ll be available within a few weeks.
Have you upgraded to WordPress 3.3? Is it the best version ever or has your installation exploded?
Download WordPress 3.3 from wordpress.org/download