Being a blogger it is good to know that WordPress constantly improves and evolve over the years from a blogging tool into a web publishing powerhouse. Major update of WordPress 3.3 has released last month on November 15th. This latest version contains a number of exciting new features and improvements.
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Here, We are covering the most visible improvements and best features of WordPress 3.3
1. Refined Admin Menu bar:
The improved version re-arranged items and it also contains new menu items such as the WordPress logo in the top left corner. It also provides links to the WordPress site, documentation, and support forum.
Also including some features of previous versions and Dashboard and Appearance are now both combined into one menu item which has a label bearing your site’s name.
2. Responsive Layout:
WordPress the left side menu automatically collapses on smaller screens. As the mobile web designers have increased, this layout supports mobile users. Version 3.3 has major support for the responsive layout and the fully responsive layout will be seen in the version 3.4.
3. Improved Menu Sidebar:
Version 3.3 has some good changes in the Sidebar, mainly in CSS3. Now each component within the sidebar menu contains a neat fly-out menu which appears when hovering over it with the mouse which gives it a cool look. This feature reduced the number of clicks a user need to locate an item.
4. Improved Media Uploader:
WordPress 3.3 now utilizes HTML5 and Silverlight technology and said bye to its Flash uploader. It is now easy to drag-n-drop technology to upload PDF, graphics and other files right from the desktop or any folder. The four media icons in the edit post/page have now all been combined.
5. WordPress API Editor:
This feature is one of the great feature of WordPress 3.3 and gives new opportunities for WordPress developers. Now plugin developers are able to customize the post editor or even add additional editors.
6. Dynamic Display Enhancements For Admin Page
It is another neat feature admin side-bar menu, it will automatically collapse admin side-bar menu when required. It supports tablets or other mobile devices especially when the user changes the orientation of the screen.
7. jQuery Package:
jQuery tools are becoming popular day by day, that’s why, WordPress has decided to simplify the life of WP developers by including such default feature as a presence of full jQuery UI toolset in the installation file. Now version 3.3 is providing some similar handy and use full tools to WordPress developers.
8. Improved Help Section:
Version 3.3 also have changes in the help menu, It appears in an economically sized section at the top of your screen and the items are well positioned. It gives tabbed navigation and easy readability.
9. Improved Performance:
Obviously, the features in latest version are added to improve the performance and to give it a user friendly interface. Earlier, there were performance penalties which people paid when using a custom permalink structure such as the postname permalink but now pretty permalinks are implemented.
10. Language Packages:
WordPress 3.3 allow us to change the languages of WordPress’ interface itself. It also providing some exiting themes and plugins.