Yesterday, right in the middle of our 8th WordPress Developer Course, WordPress 3.6 finally was released out into the wild. It has been a long a crazy road for the lead developers of this version of WordPress with many ups and downs. But a big congrats and thank you goes out to all of the developers around the world who working on this release. There are many great features and enhancements that found their way into WordPress 3.6.
One of the areas that a ton of work was focused on in this release of WordPress is the whole area of editing and creating content. The new revisions system is easy to use and extremely powerful in allowing users to compare versions of content with an amazing amount of speed. Finally making into WordPress is a feature that many multi-author sites have been clamoring for… better post locking. Now when you want to edit a post, it will let all the other users/writers that you are currently working on that post. But the best part, is that if someone REALLY needs to “take over” they can do so, and the original writer will be notified.
There is now a brand new default theme, Twenty-Thirteen, shipping with WordPress that has a color-rich feel that has some good responsiveness. It has solid typography and is ready to handle anyone who is looking to get started with a blog.
Another welcomed addition to the WordPress code is the enhanced support for audio and video. Now you can easily share audio and video with a built-in HTML5 media player. Plus, you can now embed services like Spotify, Rdio, and SoundCloud simply by pasting in the URL. This just adds to the already impressive list of services that you can easily embed in WordPress. (http://codex.wordpress.org/Embeds)
A number of other improvements have been made to WordPress like improved HTML5 semantic markup for comment forms, search forms, and comment lists. You can now have a conditional search based on whether the content has_shortcode() or not. And many of the external libraries have been updated and included in WordPress like:
- jQuery 1.10.2
- jQuery UI 1.10.3
- jQuery Migrate
- Backbone 1.0
All in all this is a solid release by the WordPress team. So what are you waiting for? Have you updated yet? Don’t forget to use BackupBuddy to back your site up and then go update to the latest and greatest WordPress version. Now to get cracking on this…