Now that the first release candidate for WordPress 3.3 is out, we can all plan (hopefully) for the real thing to be out before we take-off for Christmas Holidays in about 2 weeks.
Getting to grips with WordPress 3.3
This is a significant point release but don’t expect ‘major’ new features. Anyway, here are the features you’ll like and a little run-down of each one:
– Fly-out Menus with some responsive design
– New Toolbar
– New Drag n’ Drop Media Uploader
– Tumblr Importer
– Widgets get Memory
First thing you’ll notice on the dashboard is that (most) fonts have changed to Helevetica Neue Lite – after that you’ll probably start wondering what happened with the Menu bar. Gone is the collapsible / concertina menus. Now it’s a smoother menu with ‘fly-out stuff’.
New Toolbar (again)
Yes, again this release sees a lot of work on the Admin Toolbar for logged in users. Mostly the changes impact Multi-site Network Admins. In what may seem like a benefit the Switch to Network Admin link has moved (again).
New Drag n Drop Media Uploader
Cool – Google was doing this a long time back, this feature is a great addition to WordPress and along with the new uploader you can now upload other file formats by default.
This should be important for any die-hard WordPress fan .. seriously, why do you need WordPress and Tumblr?
Actually, this is less of a new feature – just that the Import options now include the Tumblr plugin.
Widgets get Memory
Sometimes it’s annoying – you change theme to test out something new, but decide you like the old better. Now Widgets remember how they were setup for a particular theme. So it’s easy to change back.
Have you been trying out WordPress 3.3 RC1? what do you think?