It was not that so long when WordPress released its 3.5 version but soon the next major release is announced. WordPress 3.6 is under process and is expected to be released late this April. Being one of the mass CMS, WordPress happens to be the home in which several millions of websites reside. Around 15% of World’s top million websites (based on the Alexa Page ranking) are built under the WordPress platform. Hence, when there is going to be a launch of its upgraded version certainly there is a higher expectation.
With the new version to be released this year (while the former version was actually released only on last December 2012), there has aroused great rumours on the features it comes along. Keeping aside the expectations, WordPress investigators who have been following the development of WordPress 3.6 have synchronized some of the features that can be certainly looked forward in this version. This post illustrates those features which WordPress 3.6 will most probably enfold.
Everyone knows the significance of WordPress as a blogging platform. This version will be a great update for bloggers and content publishers. This time WordPress is focussing on post edit area and providing improved tools and support to enhance the editorial system of WordPress based sites.
1. Post Lock
The editorial control feature enfolded in WordPress 3.6 is called post lock. Website administration can be controlled via this feature and authors can lock their post so that users cannot work on it until unlocked. This is a must feature to crave the privacy of authors. In case if other users are allowed to edit the posts, then there is nothing left as privacy for the author who actually wrote that post.
2. Better Autosave Functionality
Content editing will be one of the major focuses of WordPress 3.6 and hence the auto save feature will be terribly achieved this time. Even there is a talk that there will be options to change unsaved changes in browser’s local storage. This might be helpful in preventing users from losing their posts due to expired cookies, unnoticed navigation, loss of internet connection, plugin errors, OS crashes or so forth.
The ultimate motto of this version would be gaining the trust of WordPress users. With this autosave feature, WordPress 3.6 will definitely accomplish it. This happens to be one major concern among the users currently and most of the WordPress users are using third party applications like Windows Live Writer to write their posts. But with this autosave functionality, users will certainly trust the WordPress autosave capabilities.
3. Better Post Revisions Handling
Revising posts happens to be one major criterion for an author. This version of WordPress is expected to come up with a feature where changes will be highlighted with colours and visual elements, so that users can soon notice the corrections made.
Initially there was a rumour that WordPress 3.6 will integrate one of the best editorial workflow plugin in its system. But, time constraints fell out to be an issue and WordPress 3.6 would not add this feature in it. However, the version is expected to come up with a similar alternate solution for workflow.
Advanced UI for Post Formats
Even though WordPress has an excellent support for Post formats and custom post formats, the old interface seems to be unnoticeable. This new version will enfold a brand new user interface for post formats and users will be able to choose and switch between the post formats. Here the edit area will change according to the post format. WordPress is also gathering ideas and wireframes from its users on how the Post Formats UI should look like. And, let up expect most of those ideas are implemented in this version 3.6.
New Theme – Twenty Thirteen
WordPress 3.6 is expected to come up with it new default theme twenty thirteen. This theme will certainly have a great support for post formats. Just like its former themes, this theme is also using a lot of functionalities. It will use different background color for each post which looks great when a user scroll downs the page. The theme is expected to look great on various screen sizes and will be fully responsive on different screen resolutions and devices.
New GUI for WordPress Menus
WordPress Menu editor is going to shine out with a latest new intuitive user interface. Most WordPress users dump up with the menu options that come along and they barely understand the menu system. They find difficulties in tabs, menu drop down, choosing multiple menus and switching between them. This version of WordPress will change this drawback and will make it easier for users to create and manage menus in WordPress.
Better Login Notifications
It greatly irritates when a user session expires exactly in the mid of any concerned activity. WordPress 3.6 embeds a new login notification system which asks user to login without leaving the page they were working on.
Apart from the above mentioned most anticipated features, we can also predict changes in core code, security updates, bug fixes and improvements in several other processes. Still there is time for the release and let’s wait and see whether WordPress 3.6 comes in a shape we actually hope for!