WordPress.org just released WordPress 3.5 Beta 1. The final version isn’t due to come out until December 5, so until then you’ve got the beta to play with. Below we’ve outlined some of the cool new updates you can expect from the new version of WordPress so you can see what’s new! We hope you are as excited as we are!
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Some of the Changes
Obviously there have been lots and lots of changes. Hundreds in fact. There is an all new color picker and an all-HiDPI dashboard, which is especially awesome for those who have a retina display. A feature has been added so you can install plugins you favorite on WordPress.org directly in your dashboard. No more searching for an obscure plugin you fell in love with. You can also easily link your mobile app with your WordPress install. This is great since many people blog on the go, and WordPress has made the processes a bit more manageable.
For the Developers
WordPress has made many changes that are especially important for developers to check out. New features may impact the way themes or plugins function. A few of the changes highlighted in WordPress’ release are: WP Query requested posts order by post_in, removal of AtomPub, new XML-RPC management, multisite can be used in a sub-directory, and more (check out a more detailed list here).
New Default Theme Out Now!
WordPress 3.5 is still in beta, however the new Twenty Twelve WordPress Theme is already available for use. This means you can download and install the the new default theme even before WP 3.5 is out! The new default theme is quite different and I think it’s best in line with current trends and provides a new design that’s great not just for blogs but also more corporate settings with the new homepage style. Check out the theme below!
Test It Out
Get the WordPress Beta Tester plugin, then get the zip file for the WordPress 3.5 beta 1 try it out. If you find any bugs, be sure to report them here (but check to see if it’s already been reported or if it’s been fixed). Are you going to try out the Beta? I know we’re excited to check it out and see some of the improvements for ourselves. Let us know what you think of the 3.5 Beta 1 below!