WordPress 3.6 Release Candidate Ready

26 July 2013

Houston: WordPress is near to the final release of version 3.6, and the release candidate, marking the twenty thirteen theme, post locking and an updated revisions tool is now ready for testing.

Blog or Website?

WordPress users usually fall into two categories,

  1. those who use the hosted version for their websites, and
  2. those who use the lightweight Web framework for their blogs or other simpler projects.

The WordPress 3.6 release candidate is all set for testing in either of those environments, but some of what's included in the release may not be as appropriate for those hosting their websites, for example.

Twenty Thirteen is the name of the default theme, one of the things a lot of websites may opt out of using due to an already existing theme for their site. Twenty Thirteen features fairly a different color scheme for those who do aim to use it, but there are also new fonts, scalable icons, and things like native audio and video support that a wider base of sites will certainly be using.

Responsive Theme + Revisions Tool

Features wise, the update getting the most notice seems to be the revisions tool that allows a smoother comparison screen. Switching back and for between multiple revisions shouldn't be as much of a browser killer, for example. Twenty Thirteen is a responsive theme that is a little different from the 3.5 release because that was built as a mobile first version.

They are both good for mobile devices, and the outcome is almost the same, just with a different approach. In v3.6, Google fonts will be incorporated for the first time, and they are Source Sans for body text and Bitter for headlines. In addition, open source icons called Genericons have been incorporated in this update.

Another useful update is the addition of native support for audio and video. For those who want to include videos, for example, they don't have to embed them from YouTube, instead just adding them right to WordPress pages. There's also been an update on the auto save system, as many people complain about losing posts when they lose Internet connectivity or accidentally refresh a page.

Local storage will be used to aid save material between auto saves and manual saves, and a post locking tool will debut as well. That way, it won't be as easy for people to overwrite something one of their colleagues has done. These are good updates, particularly for those on the novice end of WordPress usage. Being that this is a release candidate, it's not suggested it be installed on a production website, but WordPress must have a final candidate ready by the end of July.

Subsequently, development of 3.7 will begin, and the post format UI update many had been clamoring for could crop up then. We often talk about WordPress as it pertains to enterprise usage, and while some of these updates may not matter to those types of users, there's some good things in there to hope for. Easy things like native video support and revisions control make customization and workflow updates smoother, and that must attract even more people to the ever popular WordPress.

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