I like the frequency of WordPress updates. Theyâ€™re generally released every few months so you receive some great new features and bug fixes. But theyâ€™re not so frequent that youâ€™re updating all your sites every other day.
WordPress 3.7 was released on October 24, 2013. You can download the files from wordpress.org/download/ or you can follow the Updates links from within the WordPress control panels. The WordPress team state â€œyou might not notice a thing, and weâ€™re okay with thatâ€. Perhaps the only thing you will notice is WordPress requires less maintenance than everâ€¦
Automated Background Updates
Iâ€™ve never encountered any issues with the one-click upgrade â€” it just works. WordPress 3.7 decrements it to a zero-click upgrade process! From now on, maintenance and security updates are applied in the background. You should only see an â€œUpgrade Nowâ€ button when version 3.8 is released.
This feature may not appeal to the more cautious administrators among you, but the WordPress team tested 110,000 sites without a single failure. On average, updates take less than 25 seconds and will only place WordPress in maintenance mode for a few seconds.
Fortunately, itâ€™s possible to configure and disable background upgrades. Look out for a tutorial on SitePoint soon.
Updated Password Strength Meter
The new password strength meter now recognizes common weak password patterns such as names, dates, keyboard sequences, number sequences and even pop-culture references. Itâ€™s slightly scary â€” some of my passwords which were previously highlighted as â€œstrongâ€ have been re-classified as â€œvery weakâ€!
WordPressâ€™ search facilities had been adequate but rarely resulted in Google/Bing-like accuracy. You can make your own improvements but it puts an onus on the user to apply relevant filters.
WordPress 3.7 improves search with relevancy ordering â€” rather than just by date which tended to prioritize blog posts above pages. For example, a search term which matches a title should appear toward the top of the list. Itâ€™s a little difficult to evaluate the improvements unless you have 3.6 and 3.7 installations with identical content, but the few basic tests I tried seemed better.
Improved Global Support
The WordPress team has improved localization and promise to provide faster and more complete translations. Language files will also be kept up-to-date using the automatic background upgrades. Itâ€™s a sensible move: WordPress powers around a fifth of all websites and a large number of those wonâ€™t be using English.
Developers can now query posts within a certain date range or match certain criteria, such as those articles posted on a Friday during January this year. For more information, refer to the WordPress codex.
Multi-site wp_get_sites() Function
wp_get_sites() function allows you to fetch an array of all sites on your WordPress multi-site network without needing to use direct database queries. It wonâ€™t be useful to everyone and thereâ€™s no documentation yet, but itâ€™s there should you need it.
Personally, Iâ€™m beginning to wonder whether all WordPress installations should be multi-site by default? The team possibly needs to make the interface a little easier and address domain mapping, but Iâ€™d certainly appreciate it!
If thatâ€™s not enoughâ€¦
- accessibility improvements have been made
- codex and in-system documentation has been updated
- more than 437 bugs have been closed by the 211 developers
WordPress 3.7 is a great update. There havenâ€™t been fundamental changes to the core, so I suspect most plugins and themes will be compatible. Unless you know otherwise?
All going well, WordPress 3.8 will be released at the end of 2013. We may see a new dashboard, themes page and search facilities.
Article source: http://www.sitepoint.com/whats-new-wordpress-3-7/