WordPress 3.5: The New Milestone in Content Management

WordPress is soon going to add another feather in its cap with the launch of the second major update for 2012. The official release date of 5th December was already confirmed by WordPress.org for WordPress 3.5. The new version of WordPress touted to offer major improvisation on the existing features along with some exciting new features.

So here is a sneak peek of the upcoming version of this revolutionary content management system:




Say Bye to Link Manager

With this new update, WordPress bid adieu to one of the features that was consistent on WordPress dashboard from blogging days. Link manager will no longer appear on the new updated dashboard of WordPress by default, though it will still be available in plugin form.

Though many people might consider it a ruthless step by the core development team, but personally I consider it as a good sign as it will keep the default WordPress sidebar well-organized, clean of non-vital items and leave specific functionality to plugins.


A new User-Friendly Welcome Screen

WordPress 3.5 will bring some positive changes for the novice users as the WordPress team decided to improve the welcome screen in this update. Earlier the WordPress admin panel was not really user-friendly and beginners have faced some complications, so the WordPress team made continuous efforts to improve user-experience by highlighting all the basic tasks that the users may need. The new welcome screen has an improved user-interface with a sleek look and quick links. It also provides button like“Customize Your Site” which directly takes you to the customization screen where you can make changes in the appearance of your theme.


Media Upload got a Facelift

WordPress 3.5 is emphasizing more on improving the user-interface, especially the WordPress Media uploader got a major facelift in this update. The Media uploader has a new button to Upload/Insert media called Add Media button, but major modifications are done on the actual uploader, where you will see quite a few things that are totally modified and you can get a new layout, as you can see in the above snapshot. The new media uploader is revamped as the image settings would not open in a new tab as earlier, instead all the settings would be visible on the right-hand side of the uploader. The improved interface of media uploader makes it easy to add multiple images and one can edit images and attachments settings easily. All I can say with an entirely new and enriched media experience, WordPress 3.5 strikes the jackpot.


Simple yet Attractive new Twenty Twelve Theme

The new Twenty Twelve theme comes out really clean yet attractive. It is the very first WordPress default theme that comes with a homepage. This theme follows the WordPress mantra of highlighting the content more than the theme. Twenty Twelve is a mobile-first fully responsive theme that will work on any device and it has full support for Retina Display too.


Install your Favorite Plugins easily

WordPress.org repository comes with an amazing new feature called “Favorites” in this update. This new feature lets you install all your favorite plugins that are marked as favorite from your account in WordPress.org. All you have to do is to click on “Add New” button in the plugin tag then click on “Get Favorites” and type your WordPress.org username and you can easily acquire your favorite plugins list, just proceed and install.

Other Enhancements

Apart from the major enhancement stated above, WordPress 3.5 comes out with tons of other enhancements and bug fixes. Check out the enhancements as featured in official WordPress.org blog:

  • Better keyboard navigation and screen reader support
  • An Improved Static Front Page UI
  • Improved dashboard plugin UI
  • New HiDPI (retina display ready) dashboard
  • A New Color Picker for Live Theme Demos
  • 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 post__in. (#13729)
  • 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)


Summing Up

With bountiful new features and bug fixes, WordPress 3.5 surely made some remarkable improvements in the platform. The new update will definitely help WordPress to retain its throne in future.

By Luigi

Co-founder of Designrfix

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