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WordPress 3.8 “Parker” Released

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Version 3.8 of WordPress, named “Parker” in honor of Charlie Parker, bebop innovator, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard.

WordPress 3.8 brings a much needed facelift to the entire admin dashboard. The new interface says goodbye to gray and hello to a “bigger, bolder, more colorful design!” with cleaner typography and refined contrast.

WordPress’s admin area will now adapt to fit whatever device you are on. So get ready to add content from your smartphone, tablet, notebook or desktop.

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WordPress 3.3 Upgrade

According to WordPress “using WordPress 3.3 will improve your looks, personality, and web publishing experience”. You can find out what improvements an upgrade to WordPress 3.3 will make to your website. Continue reading WordPress 3.3 Upgrade

Are You Ready for WordPress 3.2?

WordPress 3.2 was released yesterday and the minimum technical requirements have changed for your website back-end (PHP and MySQL) and your web browser (no more old, out-of-date browsers like Internet Explorer 6).

PHP and MySQL

As of WordPress 3.2, you’ll need to be running PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0. The percentage of people running older versions of PHP and MySQL is relatively low. Most of the major hosts already default to these or newer versions, but there are some exceptions.

To find out if you have the latest version of PHP and MySQL:

  • Contol Panel – Log into your hosting account panel and check to see which versions you are running, if you’re still on an older version, it should be as simple as changing a dropdown menu and clicking Save to get up to date
  • Plugin – You can find out if you’re ready for WordPress 3.2 with the Health Check plugin. In your dashboard, go to Plugins → Add New and search for “health check” (it should be the first result). Install it, activate it, and it will tell you if you need to update anything.
  • Tech Support – Contact your host’s customer service and ask them to confirm which version of PHP and MySQL you are running and to ask them to or walk you through how to upgrade your account. If your host can’t update to these versions, it might be time to look for a new host.
  • Contact Us – We’re happy to check to see if your hosting is up to the task of upgrading to WordPress 3.2 and we’ll even backup and upgrade your site for you.

Internet Explorer 6 and Outdated Browsers

WordPress 3.2 is dropping support for Internet Explorer 6, a 10-years-old outdated browser that even Microsoft is ready to leave behind. Why? Because as web technology improves, so does WordPress and to take advantage of these improvements old, out-of-date browsers need to be left behind.

If your browser is out of date, you’ll see a friendly orangey-yellow box in your dashboard letting you know you a newer version is available (which you can dismiss, of course). If you’re using IE6, though, the box will be red, and your dashboard will not function properly. If you’re stuck on IE6 because the computer you use is maintained by a business, library, school, or the like, and you are not able to download a newer browser, here’s a sample email you can use to ask your boss/administrator/IT guys to update the browser.

Hi there. The computer I use at [where you use the computer] is equipped with an out-of-date web browser. Internet Explorer 6 was created 10 years ago, before modern web standards, and does not support modern web applications. More and more sites and applications are dropping support for IE6, including the new version of WordPress. Even Microsoft, the makers of IE6, are counting down until IE6 goes the way of the dinosaur (see http://www.ie6countdown.com/ for more information). Can you please install an updated version of IE or any modern browser (see http://browsehappy.com for more information) on the available computers? Thank you very much.

WordPress 3.1: What’s New?

WordPress pushed out version 3.1 today. What’s new?

Interface

  • From an interface perspective, WordPress 3.1 shares the same look as WordPress 3.0.
  • A few minor changes have been made to give the WordPress dashboard a cleaner look
  • The blue theme colors and style have been refined and improved across the board.

The Admin Bar

  • I upgraded to version 3.1 today and I was quite surprised to see an admin bar, similar to what you see at WordPress.com at the top of my website.
  • WordPress.com users are probably familiar with the admin bar that appears atop every WordPress.com-hosted site when they are logged into their accounts. The menu provides quick access to various tools and lets users quickly create new blog posts or access back-end features.
  • The WordPress.org admin bar will only work when users are logged into their own sites. When they are, visiting the site will display an admin bar that will then provide easy access to comments, the dashboard and other assorted tools.
  • I don’t like the bar for EllsworthMedia.com, but I think it will be a big convenience for many of my clients who are on WordPress.org sites.
  • The WordPress team added an option to turn the bar on or off in the dashboard’s “Users” panel. For anyone who wants to disable the admin bar, Joost de Valk will walk you through this simple process.

Internal Linking

  • Internal linking makes it easier for publishers to find and link back to previously published content on their site.
  • Simply click on the link button in the writing panel and enter in a word or phrase. Related entries will show up and clicking on an entry will fill the link field with the correct URL.
  • I prefer to use plugins like LinkWithin that automate this process by refering to articles automatically based on similarity… but this is a nice addition.

Post Formats

  • Post Formats can be used by theme authors to customize the way a WordPress post is presented on the web.
  • Post Formats aren’t a required feature, but it is something that theme designers can implement to better show off certain content types.
  • Post Formats are especially useful for users who want to designate a post as an aside, link, video, image, quote, status, audio, chat or gallery. That designation can then help a theme determine how content should be displayed.

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