Over the past month we have been updating clients with the latest version of WordPess 3.5. As a reminder any third-party plugins or custom themes are not guarentted to work with every version of WordPress. If you notice a plugin or issue with your website after an upgrade you may check with the third-party website for details to see if there is a new version or you may contact us to help you find a new solution.
On December 11, 2012, WordPress Version 3.5, named for jazz drummer Elvin Jones, was released to the public. For more information on this enhancement and bug-fix release, read the WordPress Blog, and see the Changelog for 3.5.
According to the WordPress Website the following are the list of changes.
From your end the most significant change you will see if the media manager.
- Switch to prompt text in QuickPress to accommodate longer translated input labels
- Button styles updated throughout Dashboard to more modern, rectangular shape
- Help Text improvements throughout
- Rename the "HTML" editor tab to "Text"
- Prevent child categories from being visually promoted to the top level after Quick Edit
- Add oEmbed suport for SoundCloud.com, SlideShare.net, and Instagram.com
- New Media Manager: Insert multiple galleries per post and independently order images
- Add visible focus within admin screens for better accessibility.
- Add "Skip to content" link to all screens in the admin.
- Add "Skip to toolbar" accessibility shortcut in the admin.
- Add ability to log out of user account without mouse input.
- Add "tab out" of the plugins and themes editors textareas.
- Link Manager is hidden for new installs and for any existing installs that have no links (all sites with existing links are left as is). This can be restored with Link Manager Plugin
- Display links in widget if no link categories
- Widgets menu is hidden if your theme hasn't defined any sidebars
- Improve display of available custom headers with jQuery Masonry
- Plugins favorited on WordPress.org can be viewed per user and directly installed from within the Dashboard. (Marking plugins as favorite on WordPress.Org)
- Display name defaults to first name and last name for new users
- Force the user to explicitly choose between content deletion and reassignment when deleting users
- Remove Settings Privacy Screen and relocate Search Engine Visibility option to Settings Reading Screen
- Remove oEmbed options from the Settings Media Screen. Width adheres to theme's content width, height is 1.5 times width
- Enable XML-RPC by default, remove Writing Settings option
- Remove AtomPub from core, can be re-enabled with a plugin
- Hide charset option in Settings Reading Screen in new installs, default to UTF-8
- Multisite installs now work with WordPress in a subdirectory
- Turn off ms-files.php by default
- File quotas disabled by default on new installs
Under The Hood
The following feature changes improve the quality of WordPress for everyone, but are likely to be more important to core, plugin, and theme developers.
- Bump default memory limit from 32MB to 40MB
- Add easier expression of time constants, for example DAY_IN_SECONDS vs 86400
- Add flexible-header to allowed theme tags
- Add 'publish_post' meta capability
- Add 'term_taxonomy_id' field handling to WP_Tax_Query::transform_query(), resulting in fewer database queries
- Add two hooks to Post Editing screen, 'edit_form_after_title' and 'edit_form_after_editor' [more info]
- Allow ordering posts by IDs passed to 'post__in'
- Check a post type's 'show_in_admin_bar' property for 'View' and 'Edit' object Toolbar links
- Incorrect URL for second page of search results
- Re-enable redirect_canonical for IIS
- Handle https for all oEmbed providers
- Fix featured image overflowing its meta box in certain situations
- Fix issue where $format and $link arguments were not being preserved in previous|next_post_link filters
- Fix issue with sideloaded images not making it into the correct upload directories
- Fix multiple captioned image insertion problems in post editor