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WordPress Welcomes Elvin (3.5)

It’s another edition of WordPress Wednesday here at Website Magazine and what better way to celebrate than with a new release!

Version 3.5 of the popular blogging and CMS platform Wordpress is now available and there are quite a few changes that WP site administrators should become familiar with – let’s take a closer look:

New Media Manager: The most dramatic (or obvious) new feature is a “completely- reimagined” flow for uploading photos and creating galleries. The media management feature had long been a “friction point” according to Wordpress and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg, so the improvement will likely be welcome. The ability to create galleries feature is quite exciting as users will now be able to leverage drag-and-drop reordering and inline caption editing.

New Default Theme: Wordpress 3.5 also offers a new default theme (Twenty Twelve) which offers a mobile-first responsive design (and which can work very well as a CMS).

Admin Enhancements: In addition to a new Welcome screen, several other administrative enhancements were made including updating the dashboard styles to be “Retina-ready” (HiDPI) so it looks good on high resolution displays, a new color picker, and better accessibility for screenreaders, touch devices and keyboard users.

Developer Improvements: Wordpress developers (those working on the core, plugins and themes) also received quite a few new features with this release which can be reviewed here – along with the rest of the rest of the changes and highlights. 

What’s most exciting (at least for me personally) is that now, when plugins are favorited by users on WordPress.org, they can now be viewed specifically by that user and directly installed from within their own WP Dashboard.

Version 3.5 of Wordpress is named “Elvin” in honor of jazz drummer Elvin Ray Jones.

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