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3.8 RC2

Posted December 10, 2013 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Development, Releases.

Release candidate 2 of WordPress 3.8 is now available for download. This is the last pre-release, and we expect it to be effectively identical to what’s officially released to the public on Thursday.

This means if you are a plugin or theme developer, start your engines! (If they’re not going already.) Lots of admin code has changed so it’s especially important to see if your plugin works well within the new admin design and layout, and update the “Tested up to:” part of your plugin readme.txt.

If there is something in your plugin that you’re unable to fix, or if you think you’ve found a bug, join us in #wordpress-dev in IRC, especially if you’re able to join during the dev chat on Wednesday, or post in the alpha/beta forum. The developers and designers who worked on this release are happy to help anyone update their code before the 3.8 release.

Happy hacking, everybody!

WordPress 3.8 RC1

Posted December 4, 2013 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Development, Releases.

We’re entering the quiet but busy part of a release, whittling down issues to bring you all of the new features you’re excited about with the stability you expect from WordPress. There are just a few days from the “code freeze” for our 3.8 release, which includes a number of exciting enhancements, so the focus is on identifying any major issues and resolving them as soon as possible.

If you’ve ever wondered about how to contribute to WordPress, here’s a time you can: download this release candidate and use it in as many ways as you can imagine. Try to break it, and if you do, let us know how you did it so we can make sure it never happens again. If you work for a web host, this is the release you should test as much as possible and start getting your automatic upgrade systems and 1-click installers ready.

Download WordPress 3.8 RC1 (zip) or use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”).

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed so far.

We’re so close to the
finish line, jump in and help
good karma is yours.

WordPress 3.8 Beta 1

Posted November 21, 2013 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Development, Releases.

The first beta of the 3.8 is now available, and the next dates to watch out for are code freeze on December 5th and a final release on December 12th.

3.8 brings together several of the features as plugins projects and while this isn’t our first rodeo, expect this to be more beta than usual. The headline things to test out in this release are:

  • The new admin design, especially the responsive aspect of it. Try it out on different devices and browsers, see how it goes, especially the more complex pages like widgets or seldom-looked-at-places like Press This. Color schemes, which you can change on your profile, have also been spruced up.
  • The dashboard homepage has been refreshed, poke and prod it.
  • Choosing themes under Appearance is completely different, try to break it however possible.
  • There’s a new default theme, Twenty Fourteen.
  • Over 250 issues closed already.

Given how many things in the admin have changed it’s extra super duper important to test as many plugins and themes with admin pages against the new stuff. Also if you’re a developer consider how you can make your admin interface fit the MP6 aesthetic better.

As always, if you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed so far.

Download WordPress 3.8 Beta 1 (zip) or use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”).

Alphabet soup of
Plugins as features galore
The future is here

WordPress 3.7.1 Maintenance Release

Posted October 29, 2013 by Andrew Nacin. Filed under Releases, Security.

WordPress 3.7.1 is now available! This maintenance release addresses 11 bugs in WordPress 3.7, including:

  • Images with captions no longer appear broken in the visual editor.
  • Allow some sites running on old or poorly configured servers to continue to check for updates from WordPress.org.
  • Avoid fatal errors with certain plugins that were incorrectly calling some WordPress functions too early.
  • Fix hierarchical sorting in get_pages(), exclusions in wp_list_categories(), and in_category() when called with empty values.
  • Fix a warning that may occur in certain setups while performing a search, and a few other notices.

For a full list of changes, consult the list of tickets and the changelog.

If you are one of the nearly two million already running WordPress 3.7, we will start rolling out the all-new automatic background updates for WordPress 3.7.1 in the next few hours. For sites that support them, of course.

Download WordPress 3.7.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.”

Just a few fixes
Your new update attitude:
Zero clicks given

WordPress 3.7 “Basie”

Posted October 24, 2013 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Releases.

Version 3.7 of WordPress, named “Basie” in honor of Count Basie, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. This release features some of the most important architectural updates we’ve made to date. Here are the big ones:

  • Updates while you sleep: With WordPress 3.7, you don’t have to lift a finger to apply maintenance and security updates. Most sites are now able to automatically apply these updates in the background. The update process also has been made even more reliable and secure, with dozens of new checks and safeguards.
  • Stronger password recommendations: Your password is your site’s first line of defense. It’s best to create passwords that are complex, long, and unique. To that end, our password meter has been updated in WordPress 3.7 to recognize common mistakes that can weaken your password: dates, names, keyboard patterns (123456789), and even pop culture references.
  • Better global support: Localized versions of WordPress will receive faster and more complete translations. WordPress 3.7 adds support for automatically installing the right language files and keeping them up to date, a boon for the many millions who use WordPress in a language other than English.

For developers there are lots of options around how to control the new updates feature, including allowing it to handle major upgrades as well as minor ones, more sophisticated date query support, and multisite improvements. As always, if you’re hungry for more dive into the Codex or browse the over 400 closed tickets on Trac.

A New Wave

This release was led by Andrew Nacin, backed up by Dion Hulse and Jon Cave. This is our first release using the new plugin-first development process, with a much shorter timeframe than in the past. (3.6 was released in August.) The 3.8 release, due in December, will continue this plugin-led development cycle that gives much more autonomy to plugin leads and allows us to decouple feature development from a release. You can follow this grand experiment, and what we’re learning from it, on the make/core blog. There are 211 contributors with props in this release:

Aaron BrazellAaron D. CampbellAaron HolbrookAaron JorbinadamsilversteinAlexander HoerethAlex Mills (Viper007Bond)Amy Hendrix (sabreuse)andg, Andrew NacinAndrew NorcrossAndrew OzzAndrew SpittleaskapacheatimmerBarryBeau Lebensben.moodyBen MillerBernhard RiedlBFTrick, Billy (bananastalktome)bmbBrandon KraftbrianhoggBrian RichardsBryan PettyCarl DanleyCharlesClarksonChip BennettChoubyChris Olbekson, Chris RudzkicoderaaronCoen JacobsColin RobinsoncyoniteDaan KortenbachDaniel BachhuberDaniel ConvissordartissDaryl Koopersmith, Dave RossDavid LaiettaDion HulsedllhDominik Schilling (ocean90)dpashDrew JaynesDrProtocolsDustin FilippinidzverEdward Caissieenej, Eric Andrew LewisEric MannEvan SolomonfaishalFaisonFoofyFrankie JarrettFrank KleinGary CaoGary PendergastGaya Kessler, George StephanisGizburdtgoldenapplesgradyetcGregory CorneliusGustavo BordonihakreHelen Hou-SandiIan DunnIpstenu (Mika Epstein)itinerant, J.D. Grimesjakub.tyrchaJames CollinsJen MyloJeremy BullerJeremy FeltJesper Johansen (jayjdk)Joe HoyleJoey KudishJohn Beales, John Blackbourn (johnbillion)John FishJohn James JacobyJohn P. BlochJonas Bolinder (jond3r)Jonathan ChristopherJonathan DesrosiersJon Cave, Jon LynchJoost de ValkJoseph ScottJosh BetzJustin de VesineJustin SaintonK.Adam WhiteKailey (trepmal)KetwarookevinBKim Parsellkitchin, Konstantin KovsheninKonstantin ObenlandkoopersmithKurt PayneLance WillettLee Willis (leewillis77)lessbloatLew AyotteLuke Gedeon, Marcin PietrzakMarco CimminoMarco GalassoMark JaquithMark McWilliamsMarko HeijnenMel ChoyceMichael BeckwithMike Hansen, Mike SchinkelMike SchroderMilan Dinicmitcho (Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine)Mr PapaNaoko TakanoNaomiNashwan DoaqanNateJacobsnathanrice, Niall KennedyNick DaughertyNick HalseyNick MomrikNikhil Vimal (NikV)Nikolay BachiyskinoahsilversteinnofearincnukaganullvariableOleg Butuzov, Paolo BelcastroParhamPaul BironPaul de WouterspavelevappeterjaapPeter WestwoodPhilip Arthur MoorePippin WilliamsonplochaPollett, Ptah DunbarRami YushuvaevRasheed BydousiRayBernardrborenReuben Gundayrfair404Richard TapeRick RadkoRobert ChapinRobert Dall, Rodrigo PrimoRon RennickrpattilloRyan BorenRyan McCueSam HotchkissScott ReillyscottswebScott Taylorscribuscruffian, Seisuke Kuraishi (tenpura)Sergey BiryukovShinichiNSimon ProsserSimon WheatleySiobhanSiobhan Bamber (siobhyb)sirzoorosolarissmoke, Stephanie LearyStephen Edgar (@netweb)Stephen Harrisstrangerstudiossweetie089swissspidyTakayuki MiyauchiTakuma MorikawaTaylor Lovett, tivnetTobiasBgTom AugertoschoTravis SmithUlrich SossouvericgarVinod DalviWeston RuterwikicmsWill NorrisWojtek Szkutnikwycks, Yoav Farhi, and Yuri Victor.

Enjoy what may be one of your last few manual updates. See you soon for version 3.8!

WordPress 3.7 Release Candidate 2

Posted October 23, 2013 by Andrew Nacin. Filed under Development, Releases.

The second release candidate of WordPress 3.7 is now available for testing!

Those of you already testing WordPress 3.7 will be updated automatically to RC2. (Nice.) If you’d like to start testing, there’s no time like the present! Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”) or download the release candidate here (zip). Please post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums if you think you’ve found a bug, and if any known issues are raised, you’ll be able to find them here.

Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 3.7. If there is a compatibility issue, let us know as soon as possible so we can deal with it before the final release.

For more on WordPress 3.7, check out the announcement post for Release Candidate 1.

Upcoming WordCamps

Posted October 22, 2013 by Jen Mylo. Filed under Community, WordCamp.

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences that celebrate everything related to WordPress, and are a great opportunity to meet other WordPress users and professionals in your community. This has been a great year for WordCamps — there have been 56 so far in more than 20 countries, and there another 15 on the calendar before the year’s over. If there’s one near you, check it out! In addition to getting to know your local WordPress community, most WordCamps attract some traveling visitors a well, giving you the chance to meet contributors to the WordPress open source project and get involved yourself.

Here are the WordCamps on the schedule for the rest of this year.

October 25-27: WordCamp Boston, Boston, MA, USA
October 25-26: WordCamp Malaga, Spain
October 26: WordCamp Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
October 26: WordCamp Sofia, Bulgaria
November 7: WordCamp Cape Town, South Africa
November 9: WordCamp Porto, Portugal
November 9-10: WordCamp Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
November 15: WordCamp Edmonton, AB, Canada
November 16-17: WordCamp Orlando, FL, USA
November 16: WordCamp Denver, CO, USA
November 23-24: WordCamp London, UK
November 23-24: WordCamp Raleigh, NC, USA
November 23: WordCamp São Paulo, Brazil
December 14: WordCamp Las Vegas, NV, USA
December 14-15: WordCamp Sevilla, Spain

No WordCamps on this list in your area? Not to worry! There are thriving WordPress meetups all over the world where you can meet like-minded people, and we maintain a library of WordCamp videos at WordPress.tv.

Get Involved

  • If you’re interested in organizing a WordCamp in your area, check out our WordCamp planning site.
  • If you’re interested in starting a WordPress meetup in your area, let us know and we can set up a group on meetup.com for you.
  • And speaking of WordCamp videos, we’ve recently enabled volunteer-generated subtitles/closed captioning of the videos on WordPress.tv to make them more accessible. Interested in helping? Check out the WordPress.tv subtitling instructions.

WordPress 3.7 Release Candidate

Posted October 18, 2013 by Andrew Nacin. Filed under Development, Releases.

The first release candidate for WordPress 3.7 is now available!

In RC 1, we’ve made some adjustments to the update process to make it more reliable than ever. We hope to ship WordPress 3.7 next week, but we need your help to get there. If you haven’t tested 3.7 yet, there’s no time like the present. (Please, not on a production site, unless you’re adventurous.)

WordPress 3.7 introduces automatic background updates for security and minor releases (like updating from 3.7 to 3.7.1). These are really easy to test  — RC 1 will update every 12 hours or so to the latest development version, and then email you the results. (You may get two emails: one for debugging, and one all users of 3.7 will receive.) If something went wrong, you can report it.

Think you’ve found a bug? Please post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

To test WordPress 3.7 RC1, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the release candidate here (zip). If you’d like to learn more about what’s new in WordPress 3.7, visit the awesome About screen in your dashboard ( → About in the toolbar). There, you can also see if your install is eligible for background updates. WordPress won’t automatically update, for example, if you’re using version control like Subversion or Git.

Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 3.7, so that if there is a compatibility issue, we can figure it out before the final release. Make sure you post any issues to the support forums.

WordPress three seven
A self-updating engine
Lies beneath the hood

WordPress 3.7 Beta 2

Posted October 10, 2013 by Andrew Nacin. Filed under Development, Releases.

WordPress 3.7 Beta 2 is now available for download and testing. This is software still in development, so we don’t recommend that you run it on a production site.

This has been a quiet beta period. We’re hoping to get some more testers for automatic background updates, which will occur for security and minor releases (like updating from 3.7 to 3.7.1). It’s really easy to test this, as Beta 2 will update each day to the latest development version and then email you the results. If something goes wrong, you can report it — it’s that simple. To get the beta, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip). Check out Dashboard → Updates to see if your install is eligible for background updates. WordPress won’t update if, for example, you’re using version control like SVN or Git.

For more of what’s new in version 3.7, check out the Beta 1 blog post. In Beta 2, we further increased the stability of background updates and also added about 50 bug fixes, including a fix for Internet Explorer 11 in the visual editor.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed.

Happy testing!

Beta 2 released
Dotting i’s and crossing t’s

Expect RC next

WordPress 3.7 Beta 1

Posted September 28, 2013 by Andrew Nacin. Filed under Development, Releases.

I’m pleased to announce the availability of WordPress 3.7 Beta 1.

For WordPress 3.7 we decided to shorten the development cycle and focus on a few key improvements. We plan to release the final product in October, and then follow it in December with a jam-packed WordPress 3.8 release, which is already in development. Some of the best stuff in WordPress 3.7 is subtle — by design! So let’s walk through what we’d love for you to test, just in time for the weekend.

Automatic, background updates. 3.7 Beta 1 will keep itself updated. That’s right — you’ll be updated each night to the newest development build, and eventually to Beta 2. We’re working to provide as many installs as possible with fast updates to security releases of WordPress — and you can help us test by just installing Beta 1 on your server and seeing how it works!

When you go to Dashboard → Updates, you’ll see a note letting you know whether your install is working for automatic updates. There are a few situations where WordPress can’t reliably and securely update itself. But if it can, you’ll get an email (sent to the ‘Admin Email’ on the General Settings page) after each update letting you know what worked and what didn’t. If it worked, great! If something failed, the email will suggest you make a post in the support forums or create a bug report.

Here are some other things you should test out:

  • If you’re running WordPress in another language, we’ll automatically download any available translations for official WordPress importers and the default themes. (More to come here.)
  • Our password meter got a whole lot better, thanks to Dropbox’s zxcvbn library. Again, subtle but effective. Strong passwords are very important!
  • Search results are now ordered by relevance, rather than just by date. When your keywords match post titles and not just content, they’ll be pushed to the top.
  • Developers should check out the new advanced date queries in WP_Query. (#18694)

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. I’d suggest setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 3.7, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

As always, if you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed so far.

Happy testing!

WordPress three seven
Saves your weary hand a click
Updates while you sleep

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