WordPress 3.5 was released early today.
We’re considering this a major update – if you’re set to have major updates automatically run, the upgrade should have already taken place and there will be a backup in your account. Clients configured for minor updates only (which is generally our recommendation) will not receive this update automatically.
As always, I strongly encourage everyone to update soon. Keeping up to date gives you access to any new features, and is a key part of keeping your WordPress installation secure. You’ll want to check your plugins/themes for updates as well, as there are always a slew of them released in time with new WP versions, often offering tweaks for compatibility with the new release.
We have not seen any problems with our hosting configuration and WordPress 3.5. If you do upgrade and experience any issues, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.
What’s New in WordPress 3.5?
This new version has some nice features, especially the upgraded media manager:
It’s nice to use, and will be even better for those of you that like to create galleries.
Also included is the new 2012 theme, a high-resolution dashboard, integration with “favorite” plugins from WordPress.org, and more.
As usual, there are also a couple changes that could cause confusion. The “HTML” tab in the post editor has been renamed “Text,” although it still operates the same way. I believe this change is related to the fact that the tab has never offered complete HTML support. The other possibly confusing change is that the “Links” menu has been removed from new installs – not many people seem to use that, but if it’s something you like, there is a plugin to get back the Links menu.
If you want some information straight from the source, you can check out the WordPress.org blog post regarding “Elvin.” Also interesting is to look at the WordPress download count – you can still be among the first million!