WordPress.org just released WordPress 3.3 named “Sonny”which is dedicated to the great Jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt. WordPress 3.3 offers a number of new updates and tweaked features. The first of these is a redesigned dashboard, which features menus and toolbars that are more cohesive and easier to maneuver on smaller screens such as iOS devices like the iPad tablet.
According to WordPress, “Experienced users will appreciate”:
- The new drop-and-drag uploader
- Hover menus for the navigation
- New toolbar
- Improved co-editing support
- Tumblr importer
- Pointer tips for new features included in each new update
- Friendly welcome message for first-time users
- Revamped help tabs throughout the interface
- Improved dashboard experience on the iPad and other tablet computers with better touch support.
I’ve already updated most of my personal sites to WordPress 3.3 and enjoy the new admin toolbar and the layout of the side navigation menus. Once I am fully familiar with this version we will begin moving all clients to 3.3. That won’t happen right away though. It is one thing to experiment on your own domains, but something else entirely to risk your client’s websites by not being entirely sure that this is the best version of WordPress for their particular site. One thing that I do love already is the drag and drop interface for images and other media. Since I use two monitors it saves a lot of time hunting through files looking for the correct image and then going through the steps necessary to upload it. Now I just have to find it and drag it. Love it!
You can download it from WordPress or update inside your existing dashboard. Be sure to backup your WordPress website before updating and check to see if there are any plugins that need to be updated at the same time. If they are not compatible with “Sonny” don’t update them. And if you are running Shareaholic (Sexy Bookmarks) be certain to update your preferences after updating that plugin or you will lose them and have to start over.
I will be writing more about “Sonny” as we work with it and please let us know your thoughts of WordPress 3.3 in the comments.