Upgraded to WordPress 3.6


Just upgraded the blog to the latest version, WordPress 3.6 “Oscar” which was released exactly a week ago. Like my usual habit or practice, I wait for about a week or two before upgrading my WordPress installation. The upgrade process went smoothly and there were no problems or conflicts with any of the installed plugins.

If you haven’t upgraded your blog or haven’t gotten the chance to check out the latest version, below is a video and a couple of lists that highlight the different features included in WordPress 3.6

User Features

  • The new Twenty Thirteen theme inspired by modern art puts focus on your content with a colorful, single-column design made for media-rich blogging.
  • Revamped Revisions save every change and the new interface allows you to scroll easily through changes to see line-by-line who changed what and when.
  • Post Locking and Augmented Autosave will especially be a boon to sites where more than a single author is working on a post. Each author now has their own autosave stream, which stores things locally as well as on the server (so much harder to lose something) and there’s an interface for taking over the editing of a post, as demonstrated beautifully by our bearded buddies in the video above.
  • Built-in HTML5 media player for native audio and video embeds with no reliance on external services.
  • The Menu Editor is now much easier to understand and use.

Developer features

  • A new audio/video API gives you access to metadata like ID3 tags.
  • You can now choose HTML5 markup for things like comment and search forms, and comment lists.
  • Better filters for how revisions work, so you can store a different amount of history for different post types.
  • Tons more listed on the Codex, and of course you can always browse the over 700 closed tickets.

As usual, you can download WordPress 3.6 from WordPress.org and update manually or you can do it automatically via the WordPress admin panel — Dashboard > Updates. Make sure that you backup your WordPress database and deactivate all active plugins before performing the upgrade to avoid any issues or conflicts.

Have you upgraded your blog to WordPress 3.6? If yes, which new feature/s do you like most? If not, what’s keeping you from doing the upgrade? Please share your thoughts.

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