Another week, another beta so it seem. WordPress 3.4 is on its way - it’s entered public beta, which means you can download it and try it for yourself. This is beta 3 so we can probably expect Release Candidate 1 in a week.

Don’t try this at home if you’re new to WordPress.

WordPress 3.4 does a lot for Themes and Theme Developers

As I’ve previously posted, this release is all about themes. So there is a lot of stuff around making it easier to change the look of the site for logged in users.

Should I update to this beta?

As this is a beta you shouldn’t use this on any live site - but it does mean it’s pretty stable and useful.

To install the release candidate you need the  WordPress beta updates plugin and then just go to your updates sections.

Before you update any live site - backup

This is very easy to do from any logged-in wp-admin page - but you should always follow a simple process like this:

  1. Make sure you have a current WordPress database
  2. Enable your  Maintenance mode page.
  3. Disable any / all plugins
  4. Run Backup
  5. Run update
  6. Update any plugins that also got updated
  7. Enable all plugins that you need
  8. Check for any bugs or other issues
  9. Disable your Maintenance Mode.
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