WordPress 3.7 “Basie” is here!

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It’s that time of the year/month/week/day again… Time to update your WordPress install!

The good folks at WordPress.org has just released the latest version of WordPress, codenamed “Basie”.  This release features some important architectural updates, including the following biggies:

    • Updates while you sleep: With WordPress 3.7, you don’t have to lift a finger to apply maintenance and security updates. Most sites are now able to automatically apply these updates in the background. The update process also has been made even more reliable and secure, with dozens of new checks and safeguards.
    • Stronger password recommendations: Your password is your site’s first line of defense. It’s best to create passwords that are complex, long, and unique. To that end, our password meter has been updated in WordPress 3.7 to recognize common mistakes that can weaken your password: dates, names, keyboard patterns (123456789), and even pop culture references.
    • Better global support: Localized versions of WordPress will receive faster and more complete translations. WordPress 3.7 adds support for automatically installing the right language files and keeping them up to date, a boon for the many millions who use WordPress in a language other than English.

That automatic updates thing is a big one, since many of WordPress users are either too busy to check their WordPress site regularly to apply updates, or they are not even aware that their sites need to be updated on a regular basis.

For more information about this latest WordPress release, read on here.  And if you are a developer who wants to learn more about the nuts and bolts, check out Codex and Trac.