Normally, when a WordPress update is released, the changes are pretty subtle. Although the developers often add new features to the free and open source blogging software, the interface has remained pretty consistent since the last major release. WordPress 3.3 is codenamed Sonny after the legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt, and this time around the developers decided to improvise and bring in a new interface.
Some of the new features in WordPress 3.3 include:
- hover menus – In older versions, the collapsed menu only showed buttons and revealed the top-level menu options when you hovered over them. WordPress 3.3 furthers the usage of hover menus even to the expanded form, providing them for all sub-menus. Rather than needing to click the expand arrow for each item, you can just hover over it to reveal its sub-menu
- drag-and-drop uploader – There is now a single upload button for all media types, and you can now drag and drop media directly from your desktop or file manager. This uploader works without the aid of Flash player.
- Pointer tips – To help you get used to new features or even old ones if you are a new user, pointer tips popup and reveal important information.
- Better touch screen support – As the world moves to more touch-oriented devices like smartphones and tablets, many users occasionally need to blog on the move without having a laptop handy. WordPress has improved this experience.
Many of the top web hosting companies offer free WordPress installation as part of their standard packages. Even if they do not install the latest version, you can easily log into the WordPress dashboard and perform the update with a few clicks.