Posts Tagged ‘WordPress 3.4 release’
We are happy to advise that WordPress 3.4 version has finally seen the world. The issue was named “Green” after the famous jazz enthusiast Grant Green. The upgraded CMS can boast multiple new features particularly in the aspect of customization. Custom headers, Twitter embeds and image caption are only few introduced enhancements.
New specifications facilitate more comprehensive customization and are intended either for users or administrators. Here are some of the most impressive characteristics of WordPress 3.4:
Total theme control:
Theme Customizer lets you modify template’s options before activating a new theme;
With Theme Previewer you get the possibility to customize current theme without changing the front-end design.
HTML support in image captions.
Under the Hood improvements:
WordPress internationalization and localization perfection (more info);
Different split in POT files translation for process acceleration;
Codex XML-RPC information update accessed via XML-RPC_WordPress_API;
You are welcome to get more detailed information at WP codex.
We invite you to study the customization options more meticulously:
New Options for Users
The most essential sweep in WordPress 3.4 is the theme customizer letting you edit current appearance and settings without publishing them. Besides you can vary theme colors, backgrounds and paste custom image headers.
If you drop a glance at the control panel, you will notice plenty of new options intended to simplify your job.
If you have more than one theme, new features let you browse through them without paging. If you want to utilize the images from your media library to fill custom headers, just select the height and width of your header images.
Live Theme Preview
WordPress 3.4 gives you the possibility to customize the theme without activating it! (Nevertheless it should be installed on your blog.) Moreover, you can modify the current theme with the help of live preview mode.
Twitter Embeds : Share Tweets with Personal Style
Try to insert individual tweets into the posts; you can do it with 3.4 revision. Action links are provided, so the user doesn’t need to abandon your website and can reply directly to the tweet. All you need to do is just copy paste the tweet URL on its own line, that’s it!
Please view the Codex issue on Embeds for more links and useful information.
Better Image Captions
WordPress 3.4 offers basic HTML support for the caption field in image uploader. Thus you gain the possibility to add links, photo credits, licensing details and basic formatting such as bold and italicized fonts.
New Settings for Developers
The new WP version contains hundreds of under-the-hood enhancements. The most worth mentioning are hiding in XML-RPC, themes, custom header APIs, WP_Query and translation system. The Codex provides a comprehensive summary of the developer features; you also can turn to Trac directly. Of course the developer’s guide is here for your examination.
Have you already upgraded to the new version?
If the answer is “no”, please follow our instructions:
1. First of all, start from extensive back-up, in order not to lose any important information during the process of upgrade in case if something accidentally goes wrong. Click the Tools icon in the left sidebar and then Export. On the next screen click the Download Export File. You may create a new Folder on your hard drive to store all you backed-up Web site files. It will be useful to back up the files once a month even if no update is needed.
2. The second step is to backup your WP database. There are many ways to do this; here you will find helpful resources and plugins for WP database management.
3. Double-check your framework/theme developer to make sure if there are any issues with their themes and the most recent WordPress update. The most disappointing thing is to find out that WordPress update has ruined your theme…
4. Deactivate all plugins before upgrading.
When you are finished with those four steps, please follow the links in the nag bar (it’s called a nag because that yellow bar will be up there nagging you until you take care of the important issue noted) and update your site to the latest version of WordPress.
You further action will be the reactivation of plugins. Plugin developers update their plugins regularly, you can also do it with one click. Now you’ll notice the yellow nag bar under the plugin name in the plugins area with a link to “upgrade automatically.”
Please don’t ignore or postpone the update. Keeping your WordPress and plugins up to date guarantees a premium operation of your website.
We guarantee that all TemplateMonster’s WordPress templates are fully compatible with 3.4 version as our developers have carried out all necessary tests immediately after WP 3.4 release.