WordPress has just updated its blogging platform to version 3.5. There are few notable changes which enhance the user experience of some aspects of the platform.
Most notably has to be the new media manager. I've just updated WordPress for this site and have just used the media manager. I've got to say it's a hell of a lot better. The old media manager was adequate but as time has gone on it of course needed updating. The media manager now takes up the majority of the screen, enabling you to easily look at lots of pictures at once. When you click on a picture, it shows information on it on the right which is also very useful. Down the left you get the ability to insert media you already have, create a new gallery, set a featured image and insert an image from a URL, features which were previously available. The pictures are now in a more gallery like format, with them being tightly compacted together in a grid of thumbnails.
The default theme for WordPress has always had a certain blogging style to it. But Automattic, the creators of WordPress found that more and more people were using WordPress as a content management system, not just a blogging platform. This new default theme now has a more magazine style layout. It's easily customisable and is also responsive, it looks great on phones and tablets.
The WordPress dashboard itself has also now got a retina boost. Icons and buttons have high resolution versions so they look pixel perfect on devices like the iPad, Nexus 10 and Macbook Pro Retina.
The experience itself has also been improved to work better on touchscreen devices. So those who love to work from tablets should find the dashboard a more smoother and bug-free experience.
You can download the latest version now. If you're already using WordPress you should be notified to update anyway.