At the end of November we can look forward to the next full version of WordPress – version 3.3 (at time of writing, the expected date is 29th).
What this means, this time around, is lots of tidying up of the admin/dashboard side of things, it seems.
Perhaps the most exciting new feature is a smooth and hugely improved media uploader that will mean we can drag and drop images, documents, etc into WordPress – cool!
And behind the scenes, there are some performance improvements, with the permalinks setup and a few other areas that we don’t need to trouble our pretty heads with.
Some nice extras for new WordPress users will include a first time welcome screen that offers a checklist of steps to run through, plus more help options.
The admin bar across the top is spruced up, as is that Dashboard menu, where items will “flyout”, so less scrolling down the page.
You can see the full list of features here.
This feels like a thorough tidy up and polish of things rather than a massive change. Not all of the goodies have been welcomed, but I’m looking forward to them.
As ever, we’ll wait a few days before upgrading our sites and those of our clients and suggest you do the same (yes, we’ll post a full reminder too), following the “update plugins, backup, then update the WP” process we know is safest.
This update will be one that’s less disconcerting than others have been – less change, more of a bringing it all together with a few nice touches that will make us nod and say “oh yes!”