WordPress 4.0 Beta 1

WordPress 4.0 Beta 1 has been released. The final version of WordPress 4.0 is targeted to be released in on 27th August 2014.

What’s New?

  • Previews of embedding via URLs in the visual editor and the “Insert from URL” tab in the media modal. Try pasting a URL (such as a WordPress.tv or YouTube video) onto its own line in the visual editor. (#28195, #15490)
  • The Media Library now has a “grid” view in addition to the existing list view. Clicking on an item takes you into a modal where you can see a larger preview and edit information about that attachment, and you can navigate between items right from the modal without closing it. (#24716)
  • We’re freshening up the plugin install experience. You’ll see some early visual changes as well as more information when searching for plugins and viewing details. (#28785, #27440)
  • Selecting a language when you run the installation process. (#28577)
  • The editor intelligently resizes and its top and bottom bars pin when needed. Browsers don’t like to agree on where to put things like cursors, so if you find a bug here, please also let us know your browser and operating system. (#28328)
  • We’ve made some improvements to how your keyboard and cursor interact with TinyMCE views such as the gallery preview. Much like the editor resizing and scrolling improvements, knowing about your setup is particularly important for bug reports here. (#28595)
  • Widgets in the Customizer are now loaded in a separate panel. (#27406)
  • We’ve also made some changes to some formatting functions, so if you see quotes curling in the wrong direction, please file a bug report.

Download: WordPress 4.0 Beta 1

WordPress 3.9.1

WordPress 3.9.1 is released after WordPress 3.9 is being downloaded more than 9 million times!

This maintenance release fixes 34 bugs in 3.9, including numerous fixes for multisite networks, customizing widgets while previewing themes, and the updated visual editor. We’ve also made some improvements to the new audio/video playlists feature and made some adjustments to improve performance. For a full list of changes, consult the list of tickets and the changelog.

Also WordPress 4.0 is targeted on the week of 25th August 2014. It may sound like a big jump in version number, but the release size will be roughly about the same as 3.7 -> 3.8, 3.8 -> 3.9, etc, on the same 4-month cycle!

Download: WordPress 3.9.1

WordPress 3.9

WordPress 3.9 has been released!

Some notable new features:

  • A smoother media editing experience
  • Gallery previews
  • Do more with audio and video
  • Live widget and header previews
  • Stunning new theme browser

The next milestone will be WordPress 4.0 =)

I will be releasing my plugin updates for WP-DBManager, WP-DownloadManager, WP-Email, WP-Polls and WP-PostRatings to use WordPress 3.9 Dashicons and fix the TinyMCE 4.0 display issue.

Download: WordPress 3.9

WordPress 3.9 RC1

Alongside WordPress 3.8.2, WordPress 3.9 RC1 has also shipped. The final version of WordPress 3.9 is targeted to be released next Wednesday, 16th April 2014.

If you’re a plugin author, there are two important changes in particular to be aware of:

  • TinyMCE received a major update, to version 4.0. Any editor plugins written for TinyMCE 3.x might require some updates. (If things broke, we’d like to hear about them so we can make adjustments.) For more, see TinyMCE’s migration guide and API documentation, and the notes on the core development blog.
  • WordPress 3.9 now uses the MySQLi Improved extension for sites running PHP 5.5. Any plugins that made direct calls to mysql_* functions will experience some problems on these sites. For more information, see the notes on the core development blog.

Download: WordPress 3.9 RC1

WordPress 3.8.2

WordPress 3.8.2 has been released and it is important for all you guys to update it as it is a security release.

WordPress 3.8.2 is now available. This is an important security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.
This releases fixes a weakness that could let an attacker force their way into your site by forging authentication cookies. This was discovered and fixed by Jon Cave of the WordPress security team.
It also contains a fix to prevent a user with the Contributor role from improperly publishing posts. Reported by edik.

This release also fixes nine bugs and contains three other security hardening changes:

  • Pass along additional information when processing pingbacks to help hosts identify potentially abusive requests.
  • Fix a low-impact SQL injection by trusted users. Reported by Tom Adams of dxw.
  • Prevent possible cross-domain scripting through Plupload, the third-party library WordPress uses for uploading files. Reported by Szymon Gruszecki.

Checkout out the full changelog here.

Download: WordPress 3.8.2