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  • I’m just wondering what prompted the major version increment for 4.0.

    From what I am seeing there are only cosmetic improvements mostly:

    [ul][li]visual previews[/li]
    [li]media library view improvement[/li]
    [li]visual improvements for plugin installation[/li]
    [li]language selection upon install voiding the need for manual wp-config.php editing[/li]
    [li]editor visual resizing[/li]
    [li]TinyMCE interaction improvements[/li]
    [li]small change to widget grouping[/li]
    and [li]some changes to some formatting functions[/li][/ul]

    Not really anything that would warrant a “version four” to be honest. But I’m sure I’m missing something here…? Is it just a cumulative milestone – I once read that PHP 5 was a renaming of some PHP 4 version because they considered the new features considerable enough to warrant a major version increment. But that doesn’t seem to be the case here….

    Not seeing any structural changes or anything to become enthusiast about really?

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  • Moderator Jan Dembowski


    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    The versioning doesn’t work the way you think: version 4.0 is just the next major release after 3.9. Then 4.1, 4.2, etc.

    It’s still a major release and I encourage everyone to kick the tires and test.

    Side note: Codes like [ul], [li] and so on don’t work here. You can use the HTML versions but please make sure you wrap your <li> properly or it will break the formatting.

    Edit: Also I’ve moved this topic out of Alpha/Beta and into Requests and Feedback.

    The Alpha/Beta sub-forum really is for reporting bugs found while testing so a ticket can be created,

    After version 3.9 should follow version 3.10 and only 4.0 if it’s a real huge update.
    (this also means, that you can jump eg from 3.2 to 4.0 if it’s a major update)

    A update like this is in my opinion a minor update, not a major (if you call this major update, the update from 3.8 to 3.9 should also been major, but it was published as “minor” if they follow gnu numbering)

    The gnu update numbering is major.minor.revision

    And wordpress is licensed under gnu.

    So in my opinion this version should be called 3.10

    Sorry, but we’ve been doing it this way since the 1.0 days, so … After ten years, that’s not going to change.

    There’s nothing that says we must use GNU’s versioning, and we’re rather more like php. 5.4 and 5.5 are major releases. 5.4.5 and 5.5.1 are minor. That’s just how we do it. It’s not confusing once you know, which you do 🙂

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