WordPress Developers have been working hard recently on WordPress 3.2, an upcoming release that promises a lot of new features. There have been a lot of screenshots posted over the last week or so that highlight some of the biggest changes to the WordPress platform.
I thought it would be good to give you a preview of what you can expect to see in the next major release. No release date has been set for this new version however I would expect a stable release within the next 4-8 weeks.
It was a few years before WordPress replaced their default theme Kubrick with another. Twenty Ten proved to be a huge success when it was released last year. The aptly named Twenty Eleven, which will be included with the release of WordPress 3.2, has a similar feel to Twenty Ten but has a lot of notable improvements.
Lance Willett announced the other day that they are currently wrapping up the first version of the new default theme.
Below you will find some screenshots which developer Mat ƒÆ’ ‚as posted. These illustrate new options that allow you to customise your header:
Default: show header image and show title/tagline
Show header image only and hide title/tagline
Hide header image and show title/tagline only
Hide text and image altogether
Flexible header height enhancement
Distraction Free Writing Mode
WordPress developer Stephane Daury posted some screenshots of a new feature in WordPress 3.2 entitled ‘Distraction Free Writing Mode‘ (developed by Andrew Ozz). The feature is for those who don’t feel comfortable writing in the admin area of WordPress.
I’ve never had a problem with writing my articles directly into the WordPress editor though having worked with hundreds of writers over the last few years, I am aware a lot of people prefer to use an editor with less distractions; therefore I am positive this new feature will be welcomed by many.
You can activate the option via the editor toolbar
When distraction free writing mode is activated, all you will see is your content
With a minimal toolbar
You can still add links and images in Distraction Free Writing Mode
New Admin Interface
Stephane also posted screenshots of the new admin interface. Everything seems cleaner and more professional looking. It’s a minor improvement but certainly a welcome one.
I hope you have enjoyed this quick preview of WordPress 3.2. Once the beta version has been released I will do a more in-depth review for you all.