As with smartphone operating systems, we have all become used to the free software upgrade, and may even take them for granted. Usually most of the improvements are under the hood, and address bugs, glitches and security holes. This is mostly the case with the world’s most popular website platform too, WordPress. However version 3.6, released just last night, includes the following fabulous additional functionality, which is merely a taster for the even bigger updates coming later this year. If you haven’t already upgraded, do so now, or ask your webhost to do it for you immediately.
Welcome to WordPress 3.6
Colorful New Default Theme
Introducing Twenty Thirteen
The new default theme puts focus on your content with a colorful, single-column design made for media-rich blogging.
Inspired by modern art, Twenty Thirteen features quirky details, beautiful typography, and bold, high-contrast colors — all with a flexible layout that looks great on any device, big or small.
Write with Confidence
From the first word you write, WordPress saves every change. Each revision is always at your fingertips. Text is highlighted as you scroll through revisions at lightning speed, so you can see what changes have been made along the way.
It’s easy to compare two revisions from any point in time, and to restore a revision and go back to writing. Now you can be confident that no mistake is permanent.
Never lose a word you’ve written. Autosaving is now even better; whether your power goes out, your browser crashes, or you lose your internet connection, your content is safe.
Better Post Locking
Always know who’s editing with live updates that appear in the list of posts. And if someone leaves for lunch with a post open, you can take over where they left off.
Support for Audio and Video
New Media Player
Share your audio and video with the new built-in HTML5 media player. Upload files using the media manager and embed them in your posts.
Embed Music from Spotify, Rdio, and SoundCloud
Embed songs and albums from your favorite artists, or playlists you’ve mixed yourself. It’s as simple as pasting a URL into a post on its own line.
(Love another service? Check out all of the embeds that WordPress supports.)
Under the Hood
The new audio/video APIs give developers access to powerful media metadata, like ID3 tags.
Themes can now choose improved HTML5 markup for comment forms, search forms, and comment lists.
Search content for shortcodes with
has_shortcode() and adjust shortcode attributes with a new filter.
Fine-grained revision controls allow you to keep a different number of revisions for each post type.
New and updated libraries: MediaElement.js, jQuery 1.10.2, jQuery UI 1.10.3, jQuery Migrate, Backbone 1.0.