Gone through four versions of the Beta and three versions of the RC, WordPress 3.3 has been released finally. This new version is named Sonny according to official statement in order to commemorate the saxophonist Sonny Stitt. Here we take a look at the new features of this version.
New media uploading
This version introduces a new media uploading, which supports drag and drop function. The original pictures, music, video and media icons are unified into a new media icon as the entrance of all media uploading.
As the same as the following picture, this new version supports file’s drag and drop in the uploading window by the help of HTML5. What you need to do is drag the media files from the folder into the dashed box, and then it will automatically upload files to the server. This is pretty easy.
Improvement to the dashboard
The new version Dashboard has also been improved a lot according to user feedback.
The original Admin Bar and Admin Header are finally merged into a new tool column called Admin ToolBar.
Another improvement of Dashboard is the interface optimization based on the increasing popular tablet PCs, such as the better adaptation to the capacitive screen and the random zooming of page elements.
On the other hand, this new version adds a new function for lazy people. People had to click the left menu before to get the submenu. But now, just move the mouse up on the menu and the submenu will pop up later on.
The enhanced importing capabilities are really very popular. WordPress 3.3 can even import data from Tumblr. I believe that soon there will be people developing plug-in for the importing data from the light Ph.D.
Improvement to the collaboration
When there is more than one author of a WordPress site, it is very painful to do collaborative editing. For example, when one author locked the article, the other authors cannot edit this article. However, better lock mechanism is introduced to the new version, which should be good news.
Improvement to the hood
The improvement to the hood basically aimed at the web developers matters little to the average user. However, when people used “/% postname% /” form before as a permanent link, it was very slow to open and edit the article when there were too many articles. But now, this problem has also been resolved out.
Other improvements include upgrades of an external library: jQuery was changed from 1.6.1 to 1.7.1, jQuery UI was upgraded to 1.8.16 and TinyMCE was upgraded to 3.4.5.
In short, WordPress is becoming perfect. In contrast, other CMS systems are really starting to go downhill.