Oh, no. Too soon to expect WordPress Version 4.0 as we are currently have 3.4.2 as the stable version and 3.5 beta 3 is in the shop.
For security purpose, we should never run beta version for production.
If you want to try the latest version of WordPress, you may do so on your sand box or dev server to test out your plugins. To get the latest version of beta, you may install “WordPress Beta Tester” at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-beta-tester/.
This plugin “Allows you to easily upgrade to Beta releases. Once installed it will enable you to upgrade your blog to the latest Beta or Release candidate at the click of a button using the built in upgrader. ” After you install and activate this plugin, go to Tools, then Beta Testing, then check the second option
* Bleeding edge nightlies This is the bleeding edge development code which may be unstable at times. Only use this if you really know what you are doing.
You’ll see a fair warning:
Please note: Once you have switched your blog to one of these beta versions of software it will not always be possible to downgrade as the database structure maybe updated during the development of a major release.
Then you can head for the Dashboard, Updates ( yourdomain/installationfolder/wp-admin/update-core.php ), you can click “Update Now”. Then after you go to the Dashboard Home, you will see:
You are using WordPress 3.5-beta3-22584. (as of today 11/15/2012 ).
You may also directly download the latest WordPress beta version 3.5 (as of this writing) at http://wordpress.org/wordpress-3.5-beta3.zip after the release note at http://wordpress.org/news/2012/11/wordpress-3-5-beta-3/
Meanwhile, you may want to keep your eyes on the known issues and bug fixes by checking http://wordpress.org/news/2012/11/wordpress-3-5-beta-3/ .
We will sure to publish new video tutorials on WordPress 4.0 when it comes out, but we saw a guy try to get grab our attention using a “WordPress 4.0″ title for his video and end up getting a few “dislike”. In the video, it even uses the typo “WopdPress 4.0″ to “fool” audience. It looks like a “April Fool” joke.
Looking ahead is good but we shall never rush. We are glad that WordPress development does not rush its users from 3.0 to 4.0, then WordPress 5.0…. like Drupal 5, Drupal 6, Drupal 7 (and their upgrade from Drupal 6 to 7 is pretty complicated to many regular users: …Disable all custom and contributed modules… Remove all old files and directories … oh, Gosh!) Upgrading to a new version of WordPress is a breeze if we have well design themes and plugins, much easier than other CMS, thanks to the great WordPress architecture design.
For someone who is new to WordPress, they may want to start with the latest version. Actually if you learn WordPress 3.x well, you will find it easy to master WordPress 4.0. This is our belief. The new WordPress UI is only getting better and better and more intuitive. This is what we have been experiencing since WordPress 2.0. Just like HTML 5.0, with HTML 4 basics, things will become easier for 5.0.
Better try the upgrade on your sanbox first if your production site can’t be down for business. Contact us if you need our professional help.
Version 3.3.2 addressed some security issues and fixed 12 bugs. For more information, see the release notes.
Version 3.3.1 addressed a security issue and fixed 15 bugs. For more information, see the release notes.
A new WordPress version 3.1.3 , a minor upgrade, was released yesterday (5/25/2011). Great job WordPress team. Keep up the good work. Thank you!
WordPress 3.1.3 was released on May 25th, and on May 31, when I tried to have a new installation of WordPress with Softaculous ( free service offered with Arvixe Hosting ), WordPress version 3.1.3 was already available! Meanwhile Fantastico’s WordPress is still giving you online version 3.1 (Of course WordPress upgrade is easy with Arvixe Hosting server, but still that is extra clicks and some new WordPress users may not be aware of the necessity of upgrading to 3.1.3 in timely manner.
The bottom line is Softaculous WordPress auto installation is now more updated, easier and faster (one step compared to Fantastico three steps). Also it offers installation backup which Fantatico does not have.
As WordPress developers, we need to prepare for WordPress 3.2 even it is still beta 1 and not recommended to run on a production web site as of this writing. WordPress 3.1 was official released on Feb. 23rd, 2011 and we heard that WordPress 3.2 release will be in June, 2011.
We need to know that the minimum system requirements for WordPress 3.2 will be: PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0. This has to be considered if you plan to upgrade and you still have some plugins or themes that are not compatible with these version of PHP and MySQL.
The PHP version of Arvixe hosting server is higher than 5.2.9 and MySQL is higher than 5.0.9. So there should be no problem you want to transfer to their hosting service and upgrade to WordPress 3.2. If you need help in transferring your WordPress site to Arvixe, you may contact us before you sign up your hosting service and we can lead you through the whole process.
As the beta release notes remind us: “Theme and plugin authors, if you haven’t been following the 3.2 development cycle, please start now so that you can update your themes and plugins to be compatible with the newest version of WordPress.”
As WordPress users, you also need to prepare yourself if you plan to have someone to help you to upgrade to WordPress 3.2 because Internet Explorer 6 will no longer be supported for the Admin. There will be an Admin GUI refresh, but that will not be a major redesign so you may still find your way around.
Great things being expected from WordPress 3.2: 1) Improved performance will make your WordPress site much faster. 2) A new default theme called Twenty Eleven, based on the popular Duster theme with rotating header images and more. 3)Distraction-free Writing
If you can’t wait to see the WordPress3.2 Full Screen “Distraction-free Writing” mode, the above video just shows you that for your curiosity. We also show you the most ignored but useful features of “Kitchen Sink” and spell checking language options, which has been available for quite some time, even in previous WordPress versions. It is useful for people who want color text or change some text to heading 1 to heading 5, etc.
WP89.com presents a HD (720) video on WordPress 3.2 preview:
This is meant for those who doesn’t want to install WordPress 3.2 beta version yet so they can get prepared for their upgrade.
Something we cannot show you here: better performance.
Next, we are going to show you the most talked about “Full Screen Editing Mode of WordPress3.2 for Distraction-free Writing“
With WordPress3.2, comes the TwentyEleven Theme, or we call it beta version because it is still a little buggy, as some testers said.
Here’s what is new with TwentyEleven theme compared with TwentyTen: Continue reading
Good catch: “WordPress 3.1.2 is now available and is a security release for all previous WordPress versions. This release addresses a vulnerability that allowed Contributor-level users to improperly publish posts.” Does this sound familiar if you have been following WordPress updates for a while.
Well, I found that most security patches are related to certain kind of level access users. We do not give Contributor-level or higher to any users unless it is really necessary or to someone you can trust to certain extend.
Of course, whenever possible, we should upgrade our WordPress as soon as the new security release is available. For this reason, we found that Lunarpages hosting is great as their setting allows you to do “one click upgrade” from the WordPress Dashboard | Updates. For VPS hosting such as Linode or Slicehost, you need to change the owner of the WordPress installation folder to www-data to enable the “one-click” upgrade, but if you are not familiar with Linux, the process could be a bit tricky. What I mean is, in order to do the automatic WordPress upgrade withou FTP, we need to make the files and folders writable by the Web server. It is the same requirement for installing plugins without ftp and writing config files.
e.g. If your WordPress is installed in /var/www/wordpress, the basic linux command is
chowner -R www-data /var/www/wordpress
However, some people are also concern about another security issue caused by this setup if there are other sites (owned by different people) sharing the same Web servers.
Well, if you want convenience, you sacrifice your security on the other hand. If you do want more security, don’t share your Web server with others, and it means you need to pay more. It is like sharing the same house or room with your schoolmates.
WordPress 3.1 was released on Feb. 22nd, 2011 (Some said it was 23rd, but Matt Mullenweg’s blog announced it on Feb. 22nd). This version is named “Reinhardt” in honor of the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.
Here are some new features in the spotlight:
1. a lightning fast redesigned linking workflow: It enables you to link to your existing posts and pages. They call this feature “Internal Linking”.
2. a new Admin bar in the front end when you are logged in and viewing the site. It lets you click to your most-used dashboard pages quickly.
3. a streamlined writing interface: to hide many of the seldom-used panels by default so you see a cleaner screen when composing.
And other great new features for developers: new Post Format support (Standard, Gallery, Aside, Image, Video, etc), new CMS capabilities, new Network Admin with an import and export system, and the ability to perform advanced taxonomy and custom fields queries.
In Matt’s words: “With the 3.1 release, WordPress is more of a CMS than ever before.”