WordPress.org released the new version of wordpress called “WordPress 3.3 Sonny” on December 13. It has some new features which users would love to use all the time.
Here are the some major changes that a common user can notice.
It’s the combination of admin bar and the old Dashboard header. It looks pretty descent. But it may take some time for a common user to understand its functionality.
When you hover over each main menu item in your dashboard navigation, the submenus will magically appear, providing single-click access to any dashboard screen. It certainly saves much time and clicks.
Drag-and-Drop Media Uploader:
WordPress 3.3 comes with an awesome media uploader. Just Drag the media files from your desktop and drop it in the uploader. No more “Browse files” ways. It automatically detects the type of the media uploaded. So adding media files to your posts will become a fun play.. They’ve also added the rar and 7z file formats to the list of allowed file types in the uploader.
WordPress Warns you when a co-editor is editing the same page you’re trying to edit. So no more conflicts in editing posts in a multi author blog.
WordPress 3.3 comes with a Tumblr Importer tool which makes it easier to import content from Tumblr to wordpress.
Changing themes often requires widget re-configuration based on the number and position of sidebars. Now if you change back to a previous theme, the widgets will automatically go back to how you had them arranged in that theme.
New Welcome Screen:
WordPress welcomes user with some basic informations after a fresh install and WordPress update.
Changes in the Back end of WordPress which a normal user cannot notice.
You have more freedom when choosing a post permalink structure. Skip the date information or add a category slug without a performance penalty.
Post Slugs: Less Funky:
Funky characters in post titles (e.g. curly quotes from a word processor) will no longer result in garbled post slugs.
jQuery and jQuery UI:
WordPress now includes the entire jQuery UI stack and the latest version of jQuery: 1.7.1.
This handy method will tell you if a WP_Query object is the main WordPress query or a secondary query.
WordPress has a nice new API for working with admin screens. Create rich screens, add help documentation, adapt to screen contexts, and more.
Editor API Overhaul:
The new editor API automatically pulls in all the JS and CSS goodness for the editor. It even supports multiple editors on the same page.
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