Has anyone took a look at the up and coming next version of WordPress? From just reading a few bit’s of information about this version, I like it a lot. Right now as of this day, the new version is in Beta 1 phase. I am not going to run this beta version or at this current time just not sure. I don’t have a test blog to put this one so it’s going to be a hard decision for me. If you want to know how to get the beta version of WordPress 3.5 then first download the WordPress Beta Plugin. Next thing to do is download the beta file. Here is the official URL: http://wordpress.org/wordpress-3.5-beta-1.zip (FYI: Download at your own risk as beta versions still have lot’s of bugs and not compatible with all plugins)
So what to know a bit about what’s coming in the new version? Check out below some things I’ll tell you.
- Appearance: – A better welcome screen. (I hate current one) Newer color picker which I hope is a lot better than the current one. Also the all-HiDPI (retina) dashboard.
- Accessibility: – Keyboard navigation and screen reader support has been improved.
- Plugins: – This sounds cool. You will be able to install your marked favorite plugins on wordpress.org offical site from your dashboard.
- Mobile: – XML-RPC will be enabled by default and now you will be able to link up to WordPress’ mobile apps.
- Links: – Link manager will be hidden on new installs once the official 3.5 version is released to the public. This Link Manger Plugin might be useful to you in the future perhaps.
Keep in mind that there are lot’s of bugs and security fix’s for things in our current version that we are on that will be fixed in the WordPress 3.5 version. I’m not going to mention any of these fix’s as they will be constantly fixed as beta testers report them. Once the official 3.5 version rolls out WordPress.org blog will list the bug and security fix’s so you can look at them yourself. In fact, the more beta testers the more bugs/security loopholes will be fixed. This means the beta stages will go faster as the WordPress core developers will be confident they zapped all of them.
There is more in this new version to know. Check out below for more information.
Things for WordPress developers to know about the new version coming out:
- External libraries updated
- WP Query: You can now ask to receive posts in the order specified by post__in
- XML-RPC: AtomPub will be removed. New user management, profile editing, and post revision methods
- Multisite: new stuff added and bugs fixed. I don’t use multisite so I don’t care about it. Sorry for being so rude.
- TinyMCE: API support added for “views” which you can use to offer previews and interaction of elements from the visual editor.
- Posts API: Lot’s of major performance improvements made when working with hierarchies of pages and post ancestors. You can also turn on native custom columns for taxonomies on edit post screens.
- Comments API: Search for comments for a particular status or even with a meta query.
- oEmbed: added support for a few oEmbed providers and could handle SSL links
This isn’t everything that’s going to be changed or fixed in the new release. WordPress should have a few more things up their sleeves but why spoil the update and release all changes and features? Only 1 way to find out all the new changes is to become a beta tester and help spot bug’s using multiple browsers while testing this. Make sure you don’t use your official blog to beta test this. It could mess up your blog because not all plugins have been tweaked to work with the new version. Plugin developers are usually the ones doing the beta testing so they can figure out how to make their plugin work with the new version and what new featues that they can add.
Disclaimer: Use at your own risk, I suggest not using on your blogs that have good rankings and make you a lot of money.