Introducing WordPress 3.6 – New Features Announcement!

By Kimberly Castleberry | Small Business

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WordPress 3.6 has arrived and brings with it some really important new features that you won’t want to miss!

This version takes makes many small but important improvements to editorial workflow including revisions, autosaving, workflow, editing modes, post locking and more.

Dedicated “Oscar” to famous jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, version 3.6 has arrived!

Memo: As usual, I recommend waiting *exactly* a week to upgrade, so that you hit that sweet spot of best compatibility while still keeping security risks under control.

Be sure you do a full backup – which includes BOTH your database and your contents – before you upgrade. (I prefer BackupBuddy.) Need assistance with any of this, contact me for my services.

Introducing WordPress 3.6

User Features

  • The new Twenty Thirteen theme inspired by modern art puts focus on your content with a colorful, single-column design made for media-rich blogging.
  • Revamped Revisions save every change and the new interface allows you to scroll easily through changes to see line-by-line who changed what and when.
  • Post Locking and Augmented Autosave will especially be a boon to sites where more than a single author is working on a post. Each author now has their own autosave stream, which stores things locally as well as on the server (so much harder to lose something) and there’s an interface for taking over editing of a post, as demonstrated in the video above.
  • Built-in HTML5 media player for native audio and video embeds with no reliance on external services. Automatic media embedding has been improved or added for some media types (Rdo and Spotify) while adding new and shortcodes that make embedding from other sites easier than before.
  • The Menu Editor is now much easier to understand and use. (Only modern themes support these menus. If yours does not, you’re over due for an upgrade.)

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Note: The “Post Formats” feature which you may have been expecting was removed from this version. There is still a plugin that has the featureset if you want it. The M6 styling is also in plugin format and is no in this release. To learn more about the future roadmap of WordPress and why 3.6 was a change to the way of thinking, see the “State of WordPress 2013“.

Developer features

  • A new audio/video API gives you access to metadata like ID3 tags.
  • You can now choose HTML5 markup for things like comment and search forms, and comment lists.
  • Better filters for how revisions work, so you can store a different amount of history for different post types.
  • Tons more listed on the Codex, and of course you can always browse the over 700 closed tickets.


You can find the original release announcement here.

Have you upgraded to 3.6 yet? Are you excited to get upgraded? What’s your favorite new feature?

PS: While generally we are super cautious of new releases, WP 3.6 has been in the hands of plugin and theme developers long enough that you should find that near everything “just works”. Of course you still have to be wary of abandoned plugins that are no longer supported, but you should see less conflicts than you may have seen on earlier versions.

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