WordPress 3.6 Update

WordPress released WordPress version 3.6, named “Oscar” in honor of the great jazz pianist Oscar Peterson on August 1, 2013. …

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WordPress Update

WordPress released WordPress version 3.6, named “Oscar” in honor of the great jazz pianist Oscar Peterson on August 1, 2013. Here are just some of the changes in the new version:

WordPress Twenty Thirteen Theme

Coinciding with the release of version 3.6 is a new default theme called Twenty Thirteen, which has been designed especially to provide users with a media-rich blogging experience (see a description of new features below) …

WordPress Update 3.6 - Twenty Thirteen

The new WordPress default theme is a responsive theme, so it will look great on any device. Twenty Thirteen’s colorful, single-column design was inspired by modern art, and features quirky details, beautiful typography, and bold, high-contrast colors.

WordPress version 3.6 also introduces a couple of great new features:

Built-in Video And Audio Support

WordPress now makes it very easy to add videos and audio to your content. Version 3.6 introduces a new built-in HTML5 media player, native support for audio and video embeds, and improved integrations with Spotify, Rdio, and SoundCloud. Embedding video or audio can now be as simple as pasting a URL into your post or page, or using video and audio shortcodes.

WordPress Update 3.6 - Improved Media Support

Better Autosave And Revision Control

In WordPress 3.6 the autosave and post revision control functions have been significantly improved. Now, every word you write and each update you make to your content is automatically saved and can be easily retrieved or restored, even if your power goes out, your browser crashes, or you lose your internet connection.

Comparing revisions from any point in time, seeing the changes that were made in each update and restoring your previous revisions is fast and simple, thanks to a new Revision Slider feature introduced in the new WordPress version.

WordPress Update 3.6 - Improved Revision Control

Better Post Locking

If your site provides access to multiple editors, you can now see who is working on your content with live updates that appear in the list of posts and take over from other editors if posts are left open.

WordPress Update 3.6 - Better Content Locking

Additional Version 3.6 Release Notes

Her are some other changes you will see when you next log into your WordPress admin area:

Media Gallery

The option to embed a media player has been added to the Media Gallery > Attachment Display Settings section …

WordPress Update 3.6 - Embed Media Player

Publish Box

A new field displaying the number of revisions has been added to the Publish Box when editing posts or pages …

WordPress Update 3.6 - Publish Box

WordPress 3.6 includes a number of other enhancement and bug-fixes.

Important WordPress Update Tips

WordPress Update 3.6 We recommend doing the following before upgrading to any new version of WordPress:

    • Perform a complete backup of all your WordPress files and database.
    • Search online for any problems or issues that other WordPress users may be experiencing with the new version. This includes incompatibilities and conflicts with plugins, themes, and other issues (just search for “WordPress v3.6 problems”, then go through some of the results to see what kind of issues and errors users are experiencing).
  • Once you have done the above, then upgrade to the new version as soon as possible to ensure that your site remains protected against any security vulnerabilities found in previous versions.

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the owner of WPCompendium.org and the author of The WordPress User Manual. WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of FREE tutorials that show you how to use WordPress to grow your business online with no coding skills required! Get our FREE "101+ WordPress Tips, Tricks & Hacks For Non-Techies" e-course with loads of useful WordPress tips!

Originally published as WordPress 3.6 Update.