WordPress developers are hard at work on Beta 3.6. I downloaded it recently and played around with it. In a nutshell, WordPress has become Tumblr. It’s gone “back to blogging” — its origins. Anyone with a Tumblr account will recognize the standard tumblog post types, and they’re all there: Text, Chat, Quote, Video, Audio, Image, Gallery, Link, and Aside.
Custom Post Types
Big Fat Footer Widgets
Here are some of the highlights of the beta release:
- New Default Theme — Twenty Thirteen is the new default theme and it’s very elegant.
- Back to Blogging — Twenty Thirteen has got great typography elements and the focus is, indeed, on content. Each post type sports a different background panel color and icon set.
- Revamped Widget Areas — The primary widget area is now in the huge footer, although you can also have a traditional sidebar widget area as well.
- Audio/Video Enhancements — Added functions to generate metadata for audio/video and oEmbed support for Rdio and Spotify.
- Comments – Improved
wp_list_comments()markup; added HTML 5 input types in the comment form
- Appearance — Spiffy new user interface and the customizaer can be accessed via the Appearance menu.
- Plugins — WP now prevents plugins from overriding jQuery in the admin.
- Users — Removed the three default contact methods (AIM, YIM, Jabber) for new installs; the process for deleting users has been improved.
- Settings — WordPress now allows any post format to be set as default in Writing settings.
- Accessibility — There is now better keyboard/screen reader accessibility in the Nav Menus user interface. In particular, the “select a file” link works much better with keyboard navigation.
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