WordPress 3.3 Codename: Sonny Stitt
WordPress 3.3 was named “Sonny” in honor of the great jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt. WordPress, which had over 65 million downloads since version 3.0 was released, has a number of new features and bells and whistles, including UI improvements. The new version includes a revamped welcome screen and improved contextual help UI. The media uploader has also been streamlined with a drag-and-drop image uploader. A new menu feature allows users to hover over menus for navigation. There is a new toolbar, and improved co-editing notifications and support. And WordPress 3.3 now comes with a Tumblr importer and is optimized for the iPad.
Here are some highlights of WordPress 3.3
File Type Detection – A single upload button.
Drag-and-Drop Media Uploader
New Toolbar in the dashboard, combining the Admin Bar and admin header
Responsive design for some screens, including iPad/tablet support
Flyout menus, providing single-click access to any screen
New User Experience
New feature pointers, helping users navigate new features
Post-update About screen
Dashboard welcome area for new installs
Better co-editing that releases post locks immediately
Don’t lose widgets when switching themes
Under the Hood improvements
Use the postname permalink structure without a performance penalty
Improved Editor API
is_main_query() function and WP_Query method
Remove a number of funky characters from post slugs
jQuery 1.7.1 and jQuery UI 1.8.16
A new Screen API for adding help documentation and adapting to screen contexts
Improved metadata API
Performance improvements and hundreds of bug fixes
Once you update your blog, you will see a welcome page, which says, “welcome to wordpress 3.3″ with nice interface and guides or introductions.
New users will benefit from a new welcome screen, enabling them to get started using WordPress even if they’ve never used the software before.
What’s more, new features will be highlighted and explained in the dashboard for each new release. The contextual help menus have been revamped as well.
The dashboard has gotten a small update, the left sidebar menus are no longer nested. Just hover your mouse over an entry and the submenu will pop out, for faster access.
The new media uploader is a veritable Swiss Army knife, users can simply drag and drop any type of media file to upload it. It can also use several backend methods for actually uploading the files.