The new version of WordPress 3.3, named “Sonny” in honor of the great jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt, has been released and it’s available to download or update.
In this article I will give you an overview of the newest version of WordPress, convince you to update and also provide you a video tutorial to help you quickly see the new changes.
With over 65 million downloads since version 3.0 was released WordPress ads some great new features on the table with the version 3.3.
New Drag-and-drop Media Uploader
The new WordPress 3.3 has a new drag-and-drop uploader for media files which makes uploading really easy now.
You will also be able to upload rar and 7z archives and do that from only one icon, because WordPress now automatically detects if your file is an mp3, picture or archive.
Hover Menus for the Navigation
The new version saves you space and clicks with the new flyout menus. With the menu redesign, all you have to do now is hover on a section and it will open its subsections.
Once you click on one of the items, all the items of a specific section will be shown. However, if you move on a new one, the old one will be closed.
This way, you will not end up with a rather long left menu, especially if you have lots of plugins installed.
The new toolbar will help you ease the navigation through the interface.
You will find there easy to follow links to WordPress Documentation, Help, Support Forums, but also links to your website and adding a new post, page, media or user.
Additionally, you can also access comments and the updates section.
Pointer Tips for New Features
New users will experience pointer tips for new features that are released with the WordPress updates and a friendly welcome message for first-time users.
This way you will get familiar with new features much more easier and you will not wonder when these features appeared in WordPress.
- Improved co-editing support
- New Tumblr importer
- Improved support for iPad users
- Revamped help tabs
The interface has been updated so it can support different screen resolutions and this will make it easier for you to manage your site from and iPad for example.
The improved co-editing support refers at the fact that users will see the alert message only if another user is there and edits the article/page. Until now that alert was there when another user opened the article/page, but was still displayed if that person went for launch.
Please also make sure to check this video tutorial that shows you how to update your website to the new version of WordPress 3.3 and an overview with what’s new in this version. Enjoy!
Once you check this article, go and create a backup of your site, update WordPress and enjoy the new features.
Then come and leave a comment to let us know your insights.