The latest version of WordPress is finally here and available for download following a brief beta testing period. On Thursday, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg posted on the WordPress.org website that “version 3.7 of WordPress, named ‘Basie’ in honor of Count Basie, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. This release features some of the most important architectural updates we’ve made to date.”
One of the biggest features to be included in Version 3.7 is the automatic updates process that will take care of ensuring you are using the latest version of WordPress without the need to be manually prompted. According to Mullenweg, users won’t have to perform any task in order to receive maintenance and security updates. All of this is taken care of for you even if you are not online. The automatic update process has also been made much more reliable and secure according to the blog post, with new safeguards in place – over a dozen of them in fact.
Securing your WordPress website will also be aided by stronger password recommendations that have been placed within the new WordPress 3.7 framework. The new Password Meter in WordPress 3.7 will help new WordPress users avoid common mistakes when it comes to creating their own passwords and make timely suggestions when a particular password is perceived as weak or something that could be easily compromised. Unfortunately, newer users to the Internet are not aware of how important it is to have a strong password that is virtually impossible for even a close friend to guess. The new WordPress 3.7 software guides newer users along and will make websites more secure in the long run as website owners become more aware of how a strong password can help eliminate unauthorized access.
Improved Global Support
Another facet of the new WordPress 3.7 is that is features improved global support. Localized versions of WordPress will now receive quicker and more complete translations; ideal for those who are using the WordPress platform in a language other than English. Localization has been a growing trend among WordPress users across six continents as more and more countries and global regions increase their online attendance. WordPress 3.7 contains support for automatically installing the correct language while also updating files without the user having to perform this task manually.
Mullenweg added that “For developers there are lots of options around how to control the new updates feature, including allowing it to handle major upgrades as well as minor ones, more sophisticated date query support, and multisite improvements. As always, if you’re hungry for more dive into the Codex or browse the over 400 closed tickets on Trac.”
What’s Next For WordPress?
To end his blog post, WordPress.com founder Matt Mullenweg explained that the WordPress 3.7 release was “led by Andrew Nacin, backed up by Dion Hulse and Jon Cave. This is our first release using the new plugin-first development process, with a much shorter timeframe than in the past. (3.6 was released in August.) The 3.8 release, due in December, will continue this plugin-led development cycle that gives much more autonomy to plugin leads and allows us to decouple feature development from a release. You can follow this grand experiment, and what we’re learning from it, on the make/core blog. There are 211 contributors with props in this release.”
What are your thoughts on the new version of WordPress and its numerous features? If you would like to share your experience with the latest version, feel free to leave a comment below. With more features being decoupled and developed as plugins, the future of WordPress is trending heavily toward shorter development times for future releases. We look forward to reporting on the future release of WordPress 3.8 – which is scheduled for December 2013.