WordPress 3.2 Update and Overview

WordPress Developers have been working hard recently on WordPress 3.2, an upcoming release that promises a lot of new features. There have been a lot of screenshots posted over the last week or so that highlight some of the biggest changes to the WordPress platform.

I thought it would be good to give you a preview of what you can expect to see in the next major release. No release date has been set for this new version however I would expect a stable release within the next 4-8 weeks.

Twenty Eleven

It was a few years before WordPress replaced their default theme Kubrick with another. Twenty Ten proved to be a huge success when it was released last year. The aptly named Twenty Eleven, which will be included with the release of WordPress 3.2, has a similar feel to Twenty Ten but has a lot of notable improvements.

Lance Willett announced the other day that they are currently wrapping up the first version of the new default theme.

Below you will find some screenshots which developer Mat ƒÆ’ ‚­as posted. These illustrate new options that allow you to customise your header:

Twenty Eleven Preview

Default: show header image and show title/tagline

Twenty Eleven Preview

Show header image only and hide title/tagline

Twenty Eleven Preview

Hide header image and show title/tagline only

Twenty Eleven Preview

Hide text and image altogether

Twenty Eleven Preview

Flexible header height enhancement

Distraction Free Writing Mode

WordPress developer Stephane Daury posted some screenshots of a new feature in WordPress 3.2 entitled ‘Distraction Free Writing Mode‘ (developed by Andrew Ozz). The feature is for those who don’t feel comfortable writing in the admin area of WordPress.

I’ve never had a problem with writing my articles directly into the WordPress editor though having worked with hundreds of writers over the last few years, I am aware a lot of people prefer to use an editor with less distractions; therefore I am positive this new feature will be welcomed by many.

Distraction Free Writing Mode

You can activate the option via the editor toolbar

Distraction Free Writing Mode

When distraction free writing mode is activated, all you will see is your content

Distraction Free Writing Mode

With a minimal toolbar

Distraction Free Writing Mode

You can still add links and images in Distraction Free Writing Mode

New Admin Interface

Stephane also posted screenshots of the new admin interface. Everything seems cleaner and more professional looking. It’s a minor improvement but certainly a welcome one.

WordPress Admin Interface

Dashboard

WordPress Admin Interface

Post List

WordPress Admin Interface

Edit Post

WordPress Admin Interface

Themes (default)

WordPress Admin Interface

Widgets

WordPress Admin Interface

Plugins

I hope you have enjoyed this quick preview of WordPress 3.2. Once the beta version has been released I will do a more in-depth review for you all.

Thanks,
Kevin