WordPress 3.5 is almost here

TwentyTwelve demo image

The next release of WordPress will be coming out any day now. I’ve been testing the beta versions and found the latest betas stable enough to use in workshops this past week.

The biggest change that most of us will notice is in the Media Uploader. It’s much simpler and more intuitive.   This is a huge improvement. It’s so much simpler that when I included it in a workshop last week, a participant actually  noted on the evaluation that I shouldn’t have covered it because it was so simple.  Loved that, proof that ease of use is always improving.

Other changes include:

  • A new default theme, TwentyTwelve. A nicely designed,  responsive theme.
  • Goodbye to the outdated and rarely used Links Manager (A plugin will add that functionality back if you really want it.)
  • Ability to access your favorite WordPress.org plugins from your Plugins admin panel. Very handy.
  • For an overview of more changes see:  10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 3.5