WordPress 3.6 Beta Review


WordPress 3.6 Beta (3) was released May 11th for download and testing, and me being a little late to the party decided to download and test it yesterday. There aren’t any major changes to this version of WordPress, most of them are all small security and bug fixes. One of the main changes is the addition of the new deafult WordPress theme, Twenty Thirteen.

Post Formats

The first thing I noticed when going over WordPress 3.6 Beta 3  was how the post formats are displayed. Although post formats are not new to WordPress (first introduced in WordPress 3.1), the way they are displayed in the post area is new. Post formats are now displayed directly above the post title (where as before they were displayed in the right sidebar below the publish box) which you can see below.

Wordpress 3.6 Beta Post Formats

New Default Theme

WordPress 3.6 comes with a new default theme, Twenty Thirteen! This new theme is a big step from previous default WordPress themes . One of the biggest changes to this theme? It’s responsive (YA!), and it’s well due with the huge uprising in the responsive website trend. One of the biggest aesthetic changes to the new default theme is the color, Twenty Thirteen has a variety of colors to distinguish the various post formats from one another. To go with the new colors and theme is some new(and beautiful) typography, Twenty Thirteen comes with 2 Google Web Fonts (Source Sans Pro and Bitter) as well as a symbol font (Genericons) to “provide seamlessly scaling icons across the theme”. There are plenty more new features in the new Twenty Thirteen theme and you can check them out here.

Wordpress 3.6 Beta Theme Dashboard

Wordpress Twenty Thirteen Theme

Navigation Menus

The WordPress navigation menu area user interface in the admin got a little make-over as well. As you can see in the screen shot below, the left side section has drop down menus to display the pages, categories, and custom links to save space and scrolling. The menu selection box is now a drop down menu as well which saves even more space in the nav menu area and there is also a separate tab for managing menu locations.

Wordpress 3.6 Beta Navigation Menu Dashboard

There are a few more new things added in WordPress 3.6 which include better audio & video support without the need for plugins, autosave, and better post revisions. To download WordPress 3.6 Beta and test it out for yourself go here.

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2 Responses to WordPress 3.6 Beta Review

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