What’s New in WordPress 3.6

Good news, WordPress 3.6 have finally landed. It is named Oscar after the jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. At WPBeginner we monitored the development very closely and published an article about the features coming in WordPress 3.6. A lot has changed since then, some of the features were dropped and some new features were added. In this article we will show you what’s new in WordPress 3.6.

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A New User Interface to Create Menus

Many of our users often found Menus confusing. WordPress 3.6 comes with a new and simpler user interface to create and edit menus for your website. It has two tabs, one for editing menus and another to manage locations. This new interface is easy to use, and we think many users would find it refreshing too.

New UI for Menu System in WordPress 3.6

Improved Autosave Feature

You will not have to worry about loosing content when working on a post. WordPress 3.6 comes with improved autosave functionality. The most notable improvement to autosave feature is that WordPress now utilizes your browser’s storage as well as WordPress database to save revisions. WordPress tries to match the current revision with the backup stored in your browser storage and notifies you if it finds any difference.

WordPress 3.6 Autosave feature utilizes browser storage to autosave posts

New Improved Revision Comparison

With WordPress 3.6 comes another great feature, the ability to compare post revisions. As you know that WordPress automatically saves post revisions. You can disable post revisions but over the years we have found this to be a very useful feature. One thing that we didn’t like was that it was difficult to quickly find differences between two revisions. With 3.6, WordPress displays post revisions and highlights the changes between two versions of an article. There is also a slider bar at top so you can easily switch between revisions.

Improved post revisions in WordPress 3.6

Log in Notifications

Sometimes your WordPress session may expire while you are working on the site. This could happen due to several reasons, an expired or deleted session cookie, administrator changing security keys, etc. With earlier versions of WordPress this meant that you will have to go back and log in again. This resulted into loss of important and unsaved changes. WordPress 3.6 resolves this issue by displaying log in notification when a user’s session expires. It opens the notification in a pop-window darkens the screen you were working at.

Improved session handling with log in notifications in WordPress 3.6

Twenty Thirteen – The New Default Theme

WordPress 3.6 also comes with a new default theme Twenty Thirteen which is unlike any other default theme before. Unlike its predecessors, Twenty Thirteen is a little bold and more colorful. It is developed to showcase the power of post formats and all new features of WordPress 3.6. It is a responsive theme and designed to be fully accessible so that it can also be used by people with special needs.

Twenty Thirteen - The New Default Theme in WordPress 3.6

Features That Didn’t Make into WordPres 3.6

Initially it was discussed that there will be improved editorial workflow management features in WordPress 3.6. However, this feature was dropped during the development. The idea of editorial work flow management was based on Edit Flow plugin. We are using it on WPBeginner, check out our guide on how to improve editorial workflow in multi-author WordPress websites. Similarly, a user interface for Post Formats was initially developed and tested. But the core development team decided not to include it in the final release. The idea for Post Format UI was also based on a plugin, check out how to add a user interface for post formats in WordPress.

This was just the summary of the new features coming in WordPress 3.6. There are many other changes, bug fixes and other updates. It is a major release so we would like to remind our users to upgrade as soon as possible. Make sure you backup your site before upgrading, and follow our WordPress upgrade guide.

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