I just upgraded myto 3.3 and discovered a few new changes that I liked. I’m sure there are plenty and haven’t come across them yet, but will share when I do. A few that I noticed so far are:
I do like in 3.3:
- Different interface for Uploading and Insert Images
- Linking to articles in comments is much easier
- Responsive layout
- Widgets remain when switching between Themes
- Revised text in the Settings/Privacy Section
- Added a Permalink setting – Postname
- Consolidated Admin toolbar at the top of the pages
I don’t really like in WordPress 3.3
- Fly out menus in the Navigation bar
- Removed the option in the Settings to ‘Disable the Admin Toolbar‘
1. Different interface for Uploading and Insert Images
Adding images and videos from my computer is so much easier with the new WordPress 3.3 drag and drop functionality. I can drag images or videos directly from my computer desktop and drop them inside the box of dotted lines. It will automatically upload files. You can drag and drop as many files as you want. It will upload them sequentially directly below the box. If you are old school, you can still click on ‘Select Files’ to upload files.
- Login to WordPress Admin
- Click on ‘Posts’, Add new post on the left navigation panel
- Click ‘Upload/Insert’
2. Linking to Articles in Comments is much easier
Not too sure if this feature was available in WordPress 3.1, but I know it’s here now. It was frustrating that I could not easily create text links to posts on my website. Now in WordPress 3.3, I see that when I want to insert a link to a post in my reply to comments, the screen is similar to the linking feature when creating links in posts and pages.
- Login to WordPress Admin
- Click on ‘Comments’
- Click Reply, select a text, click on ‘Link’
3. Responsive layout
It’s so much easier to edit posts or create new posts with WordPress 3.3. If you have a long list of Categories, you can select a category and scroll up/down to find additional categories to add. The new responsive admin page reflows content to fit the screen you’re using. The only gripe I still have about the mobile admin is that I still cannot add widgets to a sidebar by dragging and dropping. That still needs to be worked on. Below is a screenshot from my iPhone accessing my WordPress admin.
4. Revised text in the Settings/Privacy Section
In the previous version of WordPress, it mentioned that these settings will hide your website from search engines, but it cannot promise that search engines will not find it anyways. So in WordPress 3.3, they modified the text.
- Click on ‘Settings’, ‘Privacy’
Ask search engines not to index this site.
Note: Neither of these options blocks access to your site — it is up to search engines to honor your request.
5. Added a Permalink setting – Postname
After every installation of WordPress, I would change myto custom = /%postname%/. Now I don’t need to anymore. WordPress added this new setting into the permalink structure called ‘Post Name’ which is equivalent to /%postname%/.
Also the cool thing is that after I upgraded my version, WordPress 3.3 automatically selected this option for me. I didn’t have to manually select this myself.
- Click on ‘Settings’, ‘Permalinks’
6. Consolidated Admin toolbar at the top of the pages
The new toolbar is more condensed with icons and provides more functionality. I like the ability to delete the cache directly from the toolbar. If I make changes on my site I don’t need to find the cache to delete it. This is great from the administrator’s standpoint.
7. Fly out menus in the Navigation bar
I heard a lot ofabout the fly out nav bar, and I agree with the masses. I don’t particularly like this . They removed the ability for me to expand multiple menus at a time but incorporated this . Each to their own. I like to see all the menu’s I’m working with.
8. Removed the option in the Settings to ‘Disable the Admin Toolbar’
Sometimes I found that this administrator toolbar at the top of the screen was a little annoying and I just wanted to view the site as a normal visitor. I had the ability to do that by disabling the admin toolbar in the settings. Now it’s gone!! I’m very disappointed. Now I have to log off admin and relogin when needed to make changes.
So these are a few of the changes in WordPress 3.3. You can see a list of all the changes at WordPress.org.