What's coming soon in WordPress 3.5

WordPress.org has released details on the next version of WordPress, v.35, now in Beta 2 release. There are more than 200 contributors, and a few hundred changes and improvements to version 3.5. They are planning a December 5th release for WordPress 3.5, but here’s what’s coming…

Beta 1 includes:

In just three short months, we’ve already made a few hundred changes to improve your WordPress experience. The biggest thing we’ve been working on is overhauling the media experience from the ground up. We’ve made it all fair game: How you upload photos, arrange galleries, insert images into posts, and more.

  • Appearance: A simplified welcome screen. A new color picker. And the all-HiDPI (retina) dashboard.
  • Accessibility: Keyboard navigation and screen reader support have both been improved.
  • Plugins: You can browse and install plugins you’ve marked as favorites on WordPress.org, directly from your dashboard.
  • Mobile: It’ll be easier to link up your WordPress install with our mobile apps, as XML-RPC is now enabled by default.
  • Links: We’ve hidden the Link Manager for new installs. (There’s a Links plugin to add it back, but it’s so rarely used these days, it’s being removed from the core files.)

Beta 2 includes:

  • New workflow for working with image galleries, including drag-and-drop reordering and quick caption editing.
  • New user interface for setting static front pages for the Reading Settings screen.
  • New image editing API.

Features  for theme and plugin developers in beta 1 and 2 include…

  • External libraries updated: TinyMCE  3.5.6. SimplePie 1.3. jQuery 1.8.2. jQuery UI 1.9 (and it’s not even released yet). We’ve also added Backbone 0.9.2 and Underscore 1.3.3, and you can use protocol-relative links when enqueueing scripts and styles.
  • WP Query: You can now ask to receive posts in the order specified by post__in.
  • XML-RPC: New user management, profile editing, and post revision methods. We’ve also removed AtomPub.
  • Multisite: switch_to_blog() is now used in more places, is faster, and more reliable. Also: You can now use multisite in a subdirectory, and uploaded files no longer go through ms-files (for new installs).
  • TinyMCE: We’ve added API support for “views” which you can use to offer previews and interaction of elements from the visual editor.
  • Posts API: Major performance improvements when working with hierarchies of pages and post ancestors. Also, you can now “turn on” native custom columns for taxonomies on edit post screens.
  • Comments API: Search for comments of a particular status, or with a meta query (same as with WP_Query).
  • oEmbed: We’ve added support for a few oEmbed providers, and we now handle SSL links.

For all the details, see their site.


Rob Marlbrough

Rob is CEO and Chief Developer at Press Wizards, Inc., a full service web development agency and web hosting provider founded in San Diego and now in Las Vegas, with agency partners and clients worldwide, and has been in business since 1997.

  1. Rob – looking forward to 3.5, thanks for the great update. I like the new plugin tweak. It’s always a pain to go back and forth between the directory and your site.