A Preview of Upcoming WordPress 3.6

WordPress 3.6 beta 3 is already out and the final release is expected to come out any day now. After three months of hard work WordPress has brought another version of this legendary CMS.

Even though WordPress 3.6 is out in beta and you can download it and install it on your site, you should only do it using WordPress Beta Tester plugin. That is because these beta updates can contain bugs so your websites should not be affected.

If you are a WordPress theme or plugin developer, or a WordPress web hosting provider, you should start testing your codes at this new version right away.

WordPress 3.6 preview image of admin dashboard.

Major Changes in WordPress 3.6

What’s new in WP 3.6:

  • Post Formats:  Post Formats will have their own UI, drag-and-drop image uploads. Theme authors would have access to developing template functions to access the structured data.
  • Twenty Thirteen: New year, new theme. Twenty Thirteen will be an opinionated, color-rich, blog-centric theme that will make full use of the new Post Formats feature.
  • Audio/Video: You will be able to embed audios and videos into posts without relying on a separate plugin or a third party media hosting service. WordPress will take care of it.
  • Autosave:  This is a feature to be proud of. Posts are will be autosaved locally so if your browser crashes, (which it sometimes do), or your computer dies, or the server goes down as you are saving the draft, you won’t lose the your post. (This feature is an answer to all my prayers.)
  • Post Locking: When someone is editing a post and you want to work on it, but the other stupid author is not closing the draft, you can kick’em out.
  • Nav Menus: Simplified Navigation menus in accordion-based UI, and there’s a separate tab for bulk-assigning menus to locations.
  • Revisions: This is an all-new revisions UI features avatars, a slider that “scrubs” through history, and two-slider range comparisons.

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Notice for Developers

We developers don’t like so many updates, I mean we do understand the importance of updates but the core changes…. that just… you know. So if you are a developer, you should test your themes and plugins right now, before the final version releases.
You should also upgrade your themes according to the new post formats feature. You can look in Twenty Thirteen for inspiration code.



There are many features coming which, if all mentioned, would take a lot of space. For instance the support for oEmbed which enables you to add music-streaming live from sites like Rdio and Spotify.

And last but not the least, it is our responsibility that when we check this beta, we report all bugs to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. This is the least we can do in return of the magnificent service we get from WordPress.org.
If you can write a reproducible bug report, you should submit it at WordPress Trac.