WordPress 3.6 “Oscar” is here!
Barely a month since WordPress 3.5.2 was released, WordPress 3.6, codenamed “Oscar” after the jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, went live on August 10. This release is fully loaded with tons of new and/or improved user features, which include:
- The new Twenty Thirteen theme inspired by modern art puts focus on your content with a colorful, single-column design made for media-rich blogging.
- Revamped Revisions save every change and the new interface allows you to scroll easily through changes to see line-by-line who changed what and when.
- Post Locking and Augmented Autosave will especially be a boon to sites where more than a single author is working on a post. Each author now has their own autosave stream, which stores things locally as well as on the server (so much harder to lose something) and there’s an interface for taking over editing of a post, as demonstrated beautifully by our bearded buddies in the video above.
- Built-in HTML5 media player for native audio and video embeds with no reliance on external services.
- The Menu Editor is now much easier to understand and use.
And if you are a WordPress developer, you will find:
- A new audio/video API gives you access to metadata like ID3 tags.
- You can now choose HTML5 markup for things like comment and search forms, and comment lists.
- Better filters for how revisions work, so you can store a different amount of history for different post types.
And of course you can find more information about this release in the Codex if you are interested in the fine details. You can also check out the list of 700+ closed tickets to see if that bug that was bugging you has been fixed.
Last but not least, enjoy this video that showcases what’s new in WordPress 3.6 and some awesome music by Oscar Peterson.