WordPress 3.4 sees over 28 million downloads in its life cycle

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WordPress 3.5 should be dropping any time now, with RC3 and RC4 both released in the last couple of days. It’s only fitting to take a look at the WordPress.org download counter to see just how many times 3.4 has been released before it gets replaced by its successor. That number is 28 million. WordPress 3.4 has been downloaded over 28 million times since its release back in June.

For the math junkies out there, that’s approximately 160,000 downloads every day of its availability. Or nearly two downloads per second. By comparison, WordPress 3.3 saw just over 21 million downloads in about the same amount of time.

We should be able to start counting up WordPress 3.5 downloads real, real soon. Everyone ready for the big update?

Security release time: WordPress 3.4.1 is out the door

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You know how you didn’t really get your fill of WordPress updatin’ a couple of weeks ago? No worries, because WordPress 3.4.1[ref]And technically 3.3.3, if you’re silly and still on the 3.3 branch.[/ref] is available immediately. This release is a maintenance/security fix that will clear up a handful of small bugs discovered in 3.4 as well as a multisite security issue the WordPress security team both discovered and fixed.

Core developer Andrew Nacin broke the news on the WordPress news blog just a few minutes ago and listed all the noteworthy changes, so head over there if you’re curious about what’s changed. Either way, though — go get your site(s) updated right away!

The Sweet Plugin: CSS by Daryl Koopersmith

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The WordPress theme customizer is without a doubt one of the most important new features to be added to WordPress in a long time — possibly ever. If you haven’t used it since WordPress 3.4 came out, you really should.

Daryl Koopersmith was one of the developers who worked on the theme customizer, and he recently released a plugin simply called “CSS”. The plugin adds a box for CSS to the theme customizer panel. So if you want to, while customizing or previewing a theme, you can drop in CSS and watch it update live on your site.

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WP Late Night #13 “We are so spoiled”

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This week’s WP Late Night went back to basics, with just the three main co-hosts (Dre, Brad and myself). Unfortunately nothing big really happened this week, so we just had to discuss WordPress 3.4, the new official Facebook plugin, and…oh, yeah. Turns out it was a big week.

Did you know you can sponsor WP Late Night? It’s true.

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Community Poll: What’s your favorite feature in WordPress 3.4?

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With WordPress 3.4 “Green” out in the wild, and of course our review of all the top features you want to know about (you’ve seen that, right?) now is a good time to see what our collective favorite new features are. Which new feature is the most welcome, according to you?

Vote in the poll below (just after the jump) and leave a note in the comments explaining your choice. You can pick up to two features when you vote.

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Feature Breakdown of WordPress 3.4 “Green”

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Today saw the release of WordPress 3.4 “Green”, the most recent version of everyone’s favorite open source publishing platform. And no matter how closely you might follow WordPress development, there seems to always be one feature or another that sneaks by and you miss it. In this feature breakdown of WordPress 3.4, hopefully I can help remedy that by pointing out all of the noteworthy features I could find.

If there’s something in particular that you find useful, let me know in the comments so we can make sure it’s included in the roundup.

Let’s dig right in.

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WordPress 3.4 “Green” is now available for download

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WordPress 3.4, nicknamed “Green”, is now available. Top features in this new version include the theme customizer, improved touch support, some clever default redirects and HTML in captions. There are a slew of new features for both users and developers, but we’ll dive into that in just a minute.

In the meantime, however, you should get to updating your websites. 3.4 has been tested through four release candidates and is ready for your website(s).

You can read the full announcement post on WordPress.org. Keep an eye on WPCandy for extended coverage of all the features you’ll want to know about.