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WordPress in 2012

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January 1st, 2013
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WordPress has had a rather exciting year, all covered in their handy A Look Back post. 2012 saw two major WordPress releases, addressing primarily theme customization and media management. There were also five security releases, a new default theme, and a record number of code contributions in the 3.5 release. The site itself also saw some improvements, including a new plugin page design with plugin and theme reviews, and Make.WordPress.org, a network of sites where teams and contributors can easily communicate with each other. Speaking of teams and contributors, 2012 also saw the very first WordPress Community Summit, a 2-day event attended by 108 of the top WordPress development, support, and overall community volunteers. 2012 was certainly a big year for WordPress, and with planning for WordPress 3.6 already underway, it looks like they’re going to hit the ground running in 2013.

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WordPress 3.6 Planning Underway

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December 20th, 2012
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WordPress 3.5 has been out for a little over a week and downloaded over 2 million times, and the team all ready to start focussing on the next major release. The development on WordPress 3.6 will be lead this time by WordPress veteran Mark Jaquith, who is planning to focus this release on content editing improvements, listing “revisions, autosave, workflow, [and] editing modes” as suggested areas of focus. This is just his suggestion at this time, and a planning meeting in early January will further narrow down the focus to specifics. Mark is also looking for a backup lead, who will help with “the planning, execution, and delivery of the release” and otherwise cover for Mark if he is unavailable. If you have experience with WordPress core development, apply now!

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WordPress 3.5 Passed 1 Million Downloads

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December 14th, 2012
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Less than an hour ago, WordPress 3.5 passed 1 million downloads! That’s not bad for an update which was released just a bit over two days ago. In fact, it’s yet another record for the popular blogging platform! Watch to the download counter, and you just might see it break 2 million soon. If you have not updated to WordPress 3.5 yet, why not help the download counter reach 2 million today? You can safely update from Dashboard -> Updates or download and update manually. Make sure that you check out the new features, stop by the master list of known issues if you run into trouble, and post to the support forums if your problem isn’t covered there.

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WordPress 3.5 Released!

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December 11th, 2012
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WordPress 3.5 is finally here! All users can now safely update from Dashboard -> Updates or download and update manually, though you should probably backup first, just in case. This release is packed with plenty of new features, like a completely redesigned media manager, the new default Twenty Twelve theme, support for Retina (HiDPI) displays in the Dashboard, and better accessibility for screen readers and touch devices. If you run into trouble with WordPress 3.5, stop by the master list of known issues and post to the support forums if your problem isn’t covered there.

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WordPress 3.5 RC 6 Released

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December 10th, 2012
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WordPress 3.5 RC 6 has been released. The team is very close to releasing WordPress 3.5, but had to push it back another day with a sixth release candidate (they were very busy over the weekend) to fix how TinyMCE (the Visual editor tab) handles “ridiculous object and embed tags.” To sum it all up in one handy and concise Tweet, this: WordPress 3.5 now runs a custom TinyMCE schema tailored to the HTML5 living standard. We audited the whole spec to keep your content intact. — Daryl Koopersmith (@koop) December 10, 2012 So, if you’re a fan of using crazy embeds in your posts, particularly HTML5 bits, please test this RC. To test it, place your crazy embed in the Text editor tab, switch back to the Visual editor tab to make sure that it’s still there, switch back to the Text editor tab to make sure it isn’t […]

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WordPress 3.5 RC 3 Released

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December 4th, 2012
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WordPress 3.5 RC 3 has been released. This RC is quite polished, and it looks like the final WordPress 3.5 release may be just a few days away judging by their previous timeline. The new Media interface has received a few more enhancements, uploading errors are now more specific, and various mobile device and Internet Explorer bugs have been fixed. This is most likely the last WordPress 3.5 RC before the final release hits, so if you’re plugin or theme developer who doesn’t like surprises on launch day, you should definitely test your products now. If you run into any bugs, please check the known and fixed issues first, report them if they have not already been reported, and visit the support forums if you need any help.

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WordPress 3.5 RC 2 Released

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November 29th, 2012
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WordPress 3.5 RC 2 has been released. In the first release candidate, the developers predicted that the final WordPress 3.5 release would be in just two weeks, so I imagine it’s just about a week away now. Please do try it on a test installation, especially if you are a plugin or theme developer who would rather not have a panic of bug reports on launch day if your product has any incompatibilities with WordPress 3.5. The Media tools have received a rather extensive overhaul, so you might want to try those out if you frequently rely on them, and if you’re a WordPress.com blogger, the new Media tools are now live on your WordPress.com blog. If you run into any bugs, please check the known and fixed issues first, report them if they have not already been reported, and visit the support forums if you need any help.

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Updated WordPress Theme Tutorial Complete

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If you have been desiring to build your own WordPress theme, now is certainly the time to do it, as ThemeShaper has completed their updated WordPress Theme Tutorial. Previously mentioned back in October, this completely free-of-charge tutorial featured new lessons launched every day, with new tool,s and modern up-to-date code examples from the _s starter theme. Now that the tutorial is complete, you can work at your own pace as you follow it through to your first great WordPress theme.

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WordPress 3.5 RC 1 Released

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November 22nd, 2012
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WordPress 3.5 RC 1 has been released. Since the third beta, this release candidate has received a bit more polish and is looking closer to a final product. The developers are forecasting the final WordPress 3.5 release will be in just two weeks. Though this particular RC is quite polished, it is still is not meant for live sites. However, please do try it on a test installation, especially if you are a plugin or theme developer who would rather not have a panic of bug reports on launch day if your product has any incompatibilities with WordPress 3.5. The Media tools have received a rather extensive overhaul, so you might want to try those out if you frequently rely on them. If you run into any bugs, please check the known and fixed issues first, report them if they have not already been reported, and visit the support forums if you […]

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