Today, WordPress 3.8 was released!
3.8 is the first revision we’ve had in a long while that brings some very VISIBLE changes that you’re going to need to pay attention to so you don’t feel in your own dashboard!
If it feels like we “just had a new update” you’re right because we are now on this new accelerated release schedule that makes it easier for the WP community to do smaller more frequent updates rapidly. That was explained here.
This update will bring a lot of admin area of your site. These changes include:
o Admin page coloring changes (courtesy of the integrated MP6 plugin). You’re likely to find that you like the custom color schemes available as part of your admin user profile.
o Dashboard layout changes (courtesy of the integrated DASH plugin).
o Also changed is the widgets area (courtesy of the integrated widgets area chooser plugin)
o And the integrated THX38 plugin and activated.
(When I say these are now integrated it means that they became part of the main core code and you will not see them in your plugins area but that they were originally plugins at one time.)
I’ve invited my colleague MaAnna from BlogAid to introduce you to these changes. I’ll go over some of these points in more depth later this week.
As you can see, this is a VERY visually rich change that is going to take some getting used to!
My standard recommendations apply here:
o Wait exactly a week before upgrading – but not more than a week – to balance out the risk of upgrade issues with the risk of getting hacked if you don’t upgrade.
o Upgrade your plugins and themes BEFORE updating the core files. If a plugin is going to break WP it’s likely an old version – give the developer a chance to have handed you an upgraded copy before you install WP and then find yourself in limbo. Almost all failed upgrades come from theme and plugin incompatibilities.
o Backup both posts/pages (database) and images/themes (contents) using a high quality plugin such as BackUpBuddy. Save 40% off BackupBuddy or anything iThemes sells through December 31. Use coupon code: HOLIDAY40
o Our team offers backup and upgrade services if you feel stuck – so there is no reason to wait more than the week.
o You can view the official release notes here if you like.
Got questions? I’m here to help!
Let me know what you think!
~ Kim ~
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PS: If you’re a subscriber to the WP video library, you will be getting updated training videos that cover these changes soon.