What do I love about WordPress? It’s open source which means super talented people are always putting their brilliant minds together to make it better everyday! However, In order to keep up with the latest and greatest of WordPress you have to perform updates to your site. Updates to WordPress, Themes, and plugins have nothing to do with the amount of traffic you get, it’s all about performance and security. WordPress just rolled out v. 3.4 named Green, in honor of guitarist Grant Green, but since EOG loves some Green Eco Goodness, we like to think we were on their mind too!
The biggest change in 3.4 is the theme customizer which allows you to play around with various looks and settings for your current theme or one you’re thinking about switching to without publishing those changes to the whole world. For themes that support it, you can change colors, backgrounds, and of course custom image headers. We have more planned for the customizer down the road.
Throughout the rest of the admin you’ll notice tweaks to make your everyday life easier. For example, if you have lots of themes we’ve made it quicker to browse them all at once without paging. We’ve made it possible to use images from your media library to populate custom headers, and for you to choose the height and width of your header images.
We’ve expanded our embed support to include tweets: just put a Twitter permalink on its own line in the post editor and we’ll turn it into a beautiful embedded Tweet. And finally, image captions have been improved to allow HTML, like links, in them.
There are hundreds of under-the-hood improvements in this release, notably in the XML-RPC, themes, and custom header APIs, and significant performance improvements in WP_Query and the translation system. The Codex has a pretty good summary of the developer features, and you can always dive into Trac directly.
See the full sweep of changes in WordPress 3.4
I have installed the new version on Eco-Office Gals and everything is looking good, all systems are go!
Have Eco-Office Gals Perform Your Updates
WordPress 3.4 is not a general maintenance roll out, so proceed with caution. Perform a back up (I prefer a full cpanel back up so your host can easily do a full restore if needed) put your feelers out on your social networks and make sure no one else is experiencing issues, your plug ins and theme may also require updates to keep up with your new and improved version of WordPress.
Do updates make you nervous? Eco-Office Gals can perform the update for you if you are not comfortable doing it yourself. The 1 hour minimum will include:
- WP BackUp or cpanel backup in your hosts control panel
- Plug In Updates
- Theme Update, if needed
- WordPress Updated to 3.4
Upgrades are performed on a first come first serve basis. Once you pay using the PayPal button found below I will email you so you can provide me with your log in credentials if needed. Or, if you prefer you can email them directly to jsmith (at) eco-officegals dot com. In the past EOG has charged the $50 minimum per site, but with so many people building multiple sites I decided it’s only fair to offer a multi-site discount. If you have more then 3 sites needing updating, please contact us.