WordPress 3.6 "Oscar" arrives with Better Post Revisions Viewer, built-in HTML5 media player, and better post locking

WordPress.org today announced the release of WordPress 3.6, featuring a revamped revision browser and built-in Media Player for Videos and Audio. You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download.

This version of WordPress is named “Oscar” in honor of Canadian jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson. Oscar includes better autosave and post locking, native support for audio and video embeds via an HTML5 media player, as well as improved integrations with Spotify, Rdio, and SoundCloud.

The newly added user features are as follows:

  • The new Twenty Thirteen theme puts focus on your content with a colorful, single-column design made for media-rich blogging.
  • Revamped Revisions save every change and the new interface allows you to scroll easily through changes to see line-by-line who changed what and when.
  • Post Locking and Augmented Autosave will especially be a boon to sites where more than a single author is working on a post. Each author now has their own autosave stream, which stores things locally as well as on the server (much harder to lose something) and there’s an interface for taking over editing of a post.
  • Built-in HTML5 media player for native audio and video embeds with no reliance on external services.
  • The Menu Editor is now much easier to understand and use.

For Developers, here’s what you’ll be interested in:

  • A new audio/video API gives you access to metadata like ID3 tags.
  • You can now choose HTML5 markup for things like comment and search forms, and comment lists.
  • Better filters for how revisions work, so you can store a different amount of history for different post types.
  • Tons more listed on the Codex, and of course you can always browse the over 700 closed tickets.

New features aside, we recommend upgrading to the latest version from a security standpoint alone. With WordPress powering almost one-fifth of the Web, it’s a very big target for attackers.

Check this out: WordPress now powers 18.9% of the Web, has over 46m downloads, according to founder Matt Mullenweg

Posted: August 2, 2013 - Blog

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