WordPress 3.3 is around the corner

WP3.3-dashboard

As you know the WordPress software sees regular updates throughout the year. Most of the times these updates are minor, some bug-fixes and what not. But this year already for the 3rd time WordPress receives a major update. 3.1 was released on February 23, 3.2 was released on July 4 and WordPress 3.3 will be released on November 29, 2011.

Just as we did for version 3.2 we want to give you a head’s up on what you can expect from this update.

Of course on the front-end of your website this software update should have no impact whatsoever, but on the backend, your Dashboard, you will notice some changes.

The first obvious “in your face” change will be a one-time welcome screen that shows the first time after you log into the backend of your website. It looks like the screenshot below.

WP3.3-dashboard

As it shows one time only we have decided to keep it in place, so you can read about the changes yourself too if you happen to miss this Senlin Hosting Club update.

At the bottom of the screen you will see a link that takes you back to the usual Dashboard and, as you will notice, something has changed there too:

WP3.3-dashboard-home

As you can see there is a balloon with some help text. The WordPress developers have added this feature (called screen tips) to help people on their way. If you click on dismiss you will never see it again, so just like the welcome screen, it shows only once and then never again.

There are two more changes in the WordPress 3.3. backend.

Perhaps you have noticed already from the screenshots, the left sidebar menu no longer shows a long list of all open menus and dropped down sub-menus, but instead has changed into a clear menu bar that always stays collapsed with maximally one menu open. At the same time when you hover over the menus, you will be able to see the contents of that sub-menu in a neat balloon on the side.
If you always have the entire sidebar-menu expanded, this will probably take some time to get used to.

Then the most drastic change and one we are extremely happy about has to do with uploading images!

WP3.3-upload-media

Yes, you see that correct! From WordPress 3.3 onwards you can use drag ‘n drop for your images, just like any other modern online media.

And those are the three most drastic changes for you. There are actually quite a few more, but those are of less importance to you directly and therefore we have not mentioned them here. If you would like to know more, we would like to refer you to the Codex.

The last couple of weeks we have already been playing around with the latest release (we’re running the 3.3 beta 4 on our playground), but before we update your website with the latest version, we will first run some more tests to make absolutely sure that nothing breaks after the update. Once those tests are done we will update your site too.

If you have any questions about this news, please contact us via your website’s dashboard.