WordPress 3.5 “Elvin” is Out

Named after Elvin Jones, WordPress 3.5 is the most powerful release yet with a completely revamped Media interface and user experience.

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

And much more on the developer side…

Jetpack Keeps Getting Better

The Jetpack plugin for WordPress that brings a lot of the features from WordPress.com blogs to your own hosted installation of WordPress has always been good, but in the past 4 months they’ve had several releases that have taken the plugin to the next level. This is one of the best plugins out there for self hosted WordPress installations, it brings all the things you love about WordPress.com with the flexibility of hosting your own installation.

Latest Features include:

  • Publicize – settings on the post editor to automatically push your blog post out to your social media accounts.
  • Post by Email – self-explanatory, the ability to publish posts via email.
  • Photon – upload and deliver your post images via the WordPress.com CDN for better performance.
  • Infinite Scroll – loads 7 posts at a time and continuously loads more posts for infinite reading and makes post pagination redundant.

In total so far, Jetpack has 23 separate feature modules for everything from Fancy Lightbox galleries, site backup management, to a really awesome CSS editor with revision history that makes it easy to customize your Theme’s style without accessing SVN or FTP. All of these features add up to a really powerful plugin that should be first on your list of plugins to install on your next WordPress installation. Really excited to see where Automattic takes Jetpack next.

WordPress 3.4.2 Maintenance Update

Yesterday, WordPress 3.4.2 has been officially released and is available for download. Nothing new to announce for this release but several bugs fixed and also som really important Security patches.

Here is a list of the updates for this Maintenance and Security release:

  • Fix some issues with older browsers in the administration area.
  • Fix an issue where a theme may not preview correctly, or its screenshot may not be displayed.
  • Improve plugin compatibility with the visual editor.
  • Address pagination problems with some category permalink structures.
  • Avoid errors with both oEmbed providers and trackbacks.
  • Prevent improperly sized header images from being uploaded.

Version 3.4.2 also fixes a few security issues and contains some security hardening. The vulnerabilities included potential privilege escalation and a bug that affects multisite installs with untrusted users. These issues were discovered and fixed by the WordPress security team.

Get ready for 3.5!

WordPress 3.5 Coming in December 2012

According to the WordPress.org Codex, Version 3.5 is tentively due early this December. Some of the upcoming changes that we’re seeing so far look quite exciting. Here is what we know:

Highlights

  • New Default Theme “Twenty Twelve”

General Updates

  • Incorrect URL for second page of search results
  • Re-enable redirect_canonical for IIS

Posts Changes

  • Rename the “HTML” editor tab to “Text”
  • Prevent child categories from being visually promoted to the top level after Quick Edit
Some of the biggest expected changes are set to be in the Media Library and core Media Features. Daryl Koopersmith posted some slides for discussion on the make.wordpress.org blog. Below is a sneak peak of the wireframes and workflows they’ve got in motion.