WordPress 3.3 is ready for (beta 1) testing


I know what you are thinking. Doesn’t it feel like WordPress 3.2 was just released? Well WordPress 3.3 beta 1 is already here, and while it’s not quite the final version it does meanthat we’re getting much closer!

WordPress Lead Developer Ryan Boren announced on the WordPress.org blog that the first beta is ready for testing. So it’s time to get out your flyswatters and be on the lookout for any bugs that need squashing.

If you’re curious what’s new in WordPress 3.3, Boren mentions the shiny new media uploader (with Plupload), the revamped admin bar, and fancy new fly-out admin menus. I’d also encourage you not to forget my personal favorite, the recent commit that eliminates performance issues with the %postname% permalink structure.

In the announcement, Boren also has a message for all those who develop plugins and themes:

Theme and plugin authors, if you haven’t been following the 3.3 development cycle, please start now so that you can update your themes and plugins to be compatible with the newest version of WordPress.

So what are you waiting for? I have been running and testing WordPress 3.3 for a while now via the WordPress Beta Tester plugin, and you can too! If you do find a bug, head on over to the alpha/beta section of the WordPress Forums or on the wp-testers mailing list.

14 thoughts on “WordPress 3.3 is ready for (beta 1) testing

    • If you take a look at the Settings Page of the plugin, make sure you’re on the Bleeding Edge Nightlies and not the Point Release Nightlies, that would just upgrade you to the 3.2 branch (aka work on 3.2.1), not what you were actually after! 🙂 Let me know if that helps?

  1. Ya, the beta tester plugin didn’t work for me, so I did a manual changeover from aortic-dissection.
    http://vudu.me/2os Is my first impressions on the beta so far for anyone interested. I’m having a surprising number of issues (related in no small part to my use of IE 7/8 – no option due to work…don’t judge!!). Lot’s of things I’m hoping get fixed pre-release.

    • Indeed, and I recently switched the permalinks on my personal site because of it. While it might not be much of a feature (although you could say it was), damn it’s a great enhancement for 3.3, maybe the best! 😉

  2. All I’m interested in is getting the multi-login social-media comment form from wordpress.com

    It’d be fantastic to enable visitors to comment using facebook, twitter or wordpress out of the box.

    Anyone know whether that’ll be in 3.3 ?

  3. I want to update my plugins to take advantage of the updated functionality, integrating it with the new media uploader and reflecting the changes in the Admin Bar. Where’s the current documentation?? I can’t find anything on how to use any of these new feature changes from a dev perspective.

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