WordPress has Just Released its Major Upgrade Version 3.5

by Taswir Haider in Wordpress

WordPress is the best blogging platform no doubt so far and they are upgrading their version at regular intervals. Today 11 December, 2012 Wordpress has released its latest version 3.5. So let’s have a quick overview to see what’s inside.

Highlights

  • New Media Manager
    • Beautiful interface: A streamlined, all-new experience
    • Create galleries faster with drag-and-drop reordering, inline caption editing, and simplified controls
    • Insert multiple images at once with Shift/Ctrl+click
  • New Default Theme – Twenty Twelve
    • Simple, flexible, elegant
    • Mobile-first, responsive design
    • Gorgeous Open Sans typeface
    • Uses the latest Theme Features
  • Admin Enhancements
    • New Welcome Screen
    • Retina-Ready (HiDPI) Admin
    • Hide Link Manager for new installs
    • Better accessibility for screenreaders, touch devices, and keyboard users
    • More polish on admin screens, including a new color picker

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What’s New

Dashboard

  • Switch to prompt text in QuickPress to accommodate longer translated input labels
  • Button styles updated throughout Dashboard to more modern, rectangular shape
  • Help Text improvements throughout

Posts

  • Rename the “HTML” editor tab to “Text”
  • Prevent child categories from being visually promoted to the top level after Quick Edit

Media

  • More polish on admin screens, including a new color picker
  • New Media Manager: Insert multiple galleries per post and independently order images

Accessibility

  • Add visible focus within admin screens for better accessibility.
  • Add “Skip to content” link to all screens in the admin.
  • Add “Skip to toolbar” accessibility shortcut in the admin.
  • Add ability to log out of user account without mouse input.
  • Add “tab out” of the plugins and themes editors textareas.

Links

  • Link Manager is hidden for new installs and for any existing installs that have no links (all sites with existing links are left as is). This can be restored with Link Manager Plugin
  • Display links in widget if no link categories

Appearance

  • Widgets menu is hidden if your theme hasn’t defined any sidebars
  • Improve display of available custom headers with jQuery Masonry

Plugins

  • Plugins favorited on WordPress.org can be viewed per user and directly installed from within the Dashboard. (Marking plugins as favorite on WordPress.Org)

Users

  • Display name defaults to first name and last name for new users
  • Force the user to explicitly choose between content deletion and reassignment when deleting users

Settings

  • Remove Settings Privacy Screen and relocate Search Engine Visibility option to Settings Reading Screen
  • Remove oEmbed options from the Settings Media Screen. Width adheres to theme’s content width, height is 1.5 times width
  • Enable XML-RPC by default, remove Writing Settings option
  • Remove AtomPub from core, can be re-enabled with a plugin
  • Hide charset option in Settings Reading Screen in new installs, default to UTF-8

Multisite

  • Multisite installs now work with WordPress in a subdirectory
  • Turn off ms-files.php by default
  • File quotas disabled by default on new installs

Before Upgrade

Before you upgrade to the latest version, at first must backup your database, themes and plugins – everything. Then simply click the update button from your Dashboard > Home. Within minutes your old version should be upgraded to the latest one.

Hope you enjoy using the latest version 3.5!

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