The good folks at WordPress made version 3.3 available on Tuesday and website owners all over the world are jumping on board. There have been 65 million WordPress downloads since 3.0 was introduced in 2010 and it’s estimated that 15% of websites are running on WordPress and 22% of new websites are using the platform.
WordPress 3.3 is a big step forward in a few ways and offers new and updated features and functions for all users.
Some of the highlights include:
- Drag and Drop Media Uploading. No more clicking to browse though folders and files. All you have to do is grab your media and drag it into the box. As a big plus this is an all-in-one media centre. Whether you’re pulling in an image, video or audio file you have less to do and a faster system to do it with. The new media uploader also saves time with its multiple upload capabilities and general ease of use options. Your positioning, sizing, tagging and caption functions remain the same with WordPress 3.3, only the uploading has changed. And it has changed for the better.
- Small Screen Optimization. With the boom in the mobile market there are more and more bloggers and site administrators working on the go from smartphones and tablets. WordPress 3.3 has created an easier and sleeker admin option. The key to the small screen optimization is the left side menu bar. The side bar automatically collapses in a small screen format. While not having your menus may sound like a detriment to your work, it gives you so much more space that you won’t miss it at all.
- Fly-Out Menus. Less clicking is more productive. WordPress 3.3 is upping your productivity one admin menu at a time. Everything on the left side looks the same with the layout of administrative options but it’s smoother, cleaner, faster and easier to find what you need and get to work on your website. Instead of expanding and contracting menus when you’re working on your website you can simply hover over the menu that you need and have the expanded options appear for you. When you stop hovering the options disappear. Time, space and headaches are saved.
- Tumblr Importer. With the growing (and growing) popularity of Tumblr there had to be a step taken by the good people at WordPress for importing posted content. With a one click plugin you can move your content from your existing Tumblr account to your WordPress website. Multi-site web publishing (and life) just got a lot easier. If you’ve got a release, report or meme you need to bring over this new gadget will get the job done.
What does all of this mean to you? If you are a blogger, designer or WordPress website administrator it will not take long for you to notice the difference. And the differences that you notice will only help you. From Tumblr imports to media uploads to fly-out menus, you will start to see your experience improve in your day-to-day WordPress life.
By no means is this the be all and end all of WordPress improvements, but it’s a great step forward and a perfect holiday gift to all of us!