All WordPress hosting clients have been updated to the latest release, WordPress 3.5, which has been codenamed “Elvin” in honor of drummer Elvin Jones. This was the second major release for 2012, which was released on June 13, 2012.
What’s new in WordPress 3.5?
- New Media Manager – Create galleries faster with drag-and-drop reordering, inline caption editing, and simplified controls
- New default theme – The new Twenty Twelve theme is responsive and will work on on mobile and tablet devices
- Admin Enhancements – New welcome screen, Retina ready admin dashboard and better accessibility for screen readers
- TinyMCE, jQuery, jQuery UI, and SimplePie have all been updated to the latest versions
- Image Editing API for cropping/scaling now uses the ImageMagick PHP library as well as GD
- Native oEmbed support for SoundCloud, Slideshare, and Instagram, which is perfect for band websites and blogs
- WP_Query can now receive posts in the order specified by post__in.
- Renamed the ‘HTML editor’ tab to ‘Text’
- Improved Static Front Page UI under Settings -> Reading
Easy Plugin Install with Favourites
Often regular users and developers complained that installing the same list of plugins on multiple sites was difficult. WordPress.org’s repository has a new feature called Favourites. When you go to a specific plugins page, you see a favourite button below the download button.
You can favorite all the plugins you like and have them displayed on your profile. In WordPress 3.5 you can now see the list of favorite plugins of any WordPress.org user in your backend. All you have to do is go to the plugins tag and click Add New. Click on the favorites tab. Type your WordPress.org username or anyone else’s username.
WordPress Media uploader got a major overhaul. The user interface was improved to make it easy for WordPress users. When training a client, I would say click on the add media button, and they will say where is that? Little things like these go a long way. The big overhaul happened with the media uploader. If you click on the Add Media button, you are taken to a new lightbox.
WordPress have completely changed the layout to make he new media uploader work well. When you click on an image, instead of opening a tab with all the image settings, this keeps everything visible by showing image specific settings on the right hand side.
There is an issue affecting Windows Servers running IIS that may prevent websites from updating to 3.5.1. If you receive the error “Destination directory for file streaming does not exist or is not writable”, you should follow the steps outlined on the WordPress Codex.
WordPress 3.5.1 is a maintenance and security release that fixed 37 issues including:
- Editor: Prevent certain HTML elements from being unexpectedly removed or modified in rare cases
- Media: Fix a collection of minor workflow and compatibility issues in the new media manager
- Networks: Suggest proper rewrite rules when creating a new MultiSite network
- Prevent scheduled posts from being stripped of certain HTML and video embeds when they are published
- Suppress some warnings that could occur when a plugin misused the database or user APIs
- Server-side request forgery (SSRF) and remote port scanning via pingbacks
- Cross-site scripting (XSS) via shortcodes and post content
- Cross-site scripting (XSS) in the external library Plupload. Plupload 1.5.5 was released to address this issue