WordPress 3.5 is here and it’s awesome. Media’s lovely, hyphens in shortcodes now work, and switch_to_blog() is so fast, your dog will never catch it, unless your database is down, in which case you should try HyperDB.
Always nice to see your own name in the list of contributors, which makes 3.5 the fourth major version I contributed to with at least one patch. The feeling is good, but I hope to do much more for 3.6.
Have you contributed a patch that landed in 3.5? If not, head over to the Core Contributor Handbook to find out how you can help!
Check out the Media Wireframes for WordPress 3.5 published in the make/ui blog, ready for some feedback. I’m really loving what the guys are doing, and when it gets implemented, it’ll make me want to use the visual editor again :)
WordPress 3.4 has been downloaded over 440,000 times in the first 24 hours. That’s over 300 WordPress installs per minute! Watch the download counter as we pass the half a million mark.
Better, faster, more secure, and shinier than ever before! You will be able to upgrade from within your WordPress dashboard in the next few hours. Keep an eye out on the download counter too, and if you’re a plugin or theme developer, don’t forget to check out the handy WordPress 3.4 Field Guide.
A new API for custom headers and backgrounds, flexible headers, live previews (the Theme Customizer), changes around XML-RPC and i18n and l10n. All of this and more in the WordPress 3.4 Field Guide for Developers.
The best way to stay up to date with what’s happening with WordPress 3.4 (and any other future release) is to follow the Core Trac RSS feed. Changesets are important, following new and closed tickets is sometimes useful too, that’s around 200 posts per week.
And in case you missed the announcement post, here you go.
WordPress 3.4 is ready for beta testers! Flexible header sizes, new XML-RPC API, a bunch of performance improvements, and my personal favorite — The Theme Customizer. Give it a shot, and don’t forget to report any bugs you encounter.