A brand new major WordPress version — WordPress 3.6, “Oscar” — rolls out this month, the result of the fine work by the Automattic team (the engineers behind this leading CMS). It’s open source, as usual, which means free for the download. Of course, the WordPress Foundation can always use your support. Here’s a review and impressions of new features.
Upgrade Note: We’re advising our clients (Webdirexion is a WordPress house, and offers a number of related services for online marketing) to wait a bit for the upgrade until the new version proves itself out — 1-2 weeks.
- Compare Revisions UI Upgrade: There has always been a way to compare post and page revisions — an excellent tool for editing teams, and something law firm administrators will greatly appreciate — but it is now streamlined with a new UI, and access via the “Publish” widget. Note that the option only appears after you’ve saved your post for the first time.
New HTML5 Media Player: You can now upload your video/audio files via the built in “Add Media” feature with support now for Spotify, Rdio, and SoundCloud, and a host of standards like YouTube, Flickr, Instagram, Hulu, Vimeo and more — see full list in the WordPress Codex. I did not see support for a couple of other favorites, like Bright Cove, but there is a plugin for that. Contact us if you need support for an item not on the list. Forget about millions on iOS Apple tablets and phone not being able to see your old, deprecated Flash animations — go HTML5.
- New Menu Management UI: I discovered this one by watching the short overview video (below) and really like what they’ve done — easier and more intuitive to work with items for your menus. TIP: Note that in the screenshot, we have Tags enabled to add to menus — we’ve seen a good SEO boost using smart tag archives (we call them “Topics”) to increase internal linking value and also write SEO copy for the description on the tags pages.
- Post Lock for Concurrent Editing Feature: Here’s a great one for those that work in teams — whoever is currently editing has control, unless you lock them out, so there can be no mistaken saves.