Prepare Yourself for the Best WordPress Yet

8 August 2013

Edinburgh: WordCamp, the yearly meeting of WordPress developers and users, Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg told the listeners about the forthcoming WordPress release, 3.6, also known as Oscar.

Mullenweg said the 3.6 launch won’t happen just yet, but he did disclose a preview and some interesting details about the new platform version.

He also said WordPress 3.7 will be coming out in October with language and security features, and 3.8 development starts at 28th July 2013 with a release planned for December. The Twenty Fourteen theme, a magaziney visual extravaganza, must be released before the end of 2013 and will feature many premium-like features.

Mullenweg said he’ll be leading development on 3.8.

“I’d love to have a release a month, a release every two weeks … And we’re gonna get there someday,” he said. “Our competitors are updating daily, and the only way we can beat them is if we do the same.”

Automattic is the parent company of WordPress.com, WordPress.org, and a slew of interrelated sites and services, such as Akismet and Polldaddy.

It’s been a bit of a banner year for Mullenweg, 29, who celebrated the tenth anniversary of WordPress and oversaw a huge $50 million funding round, both in May.

While 3.6 won’t be released now, we got to see a preview video that explained a lot of native support for media (including video, audio, and Spotify-powered playlists) and the richly visual Twenty Thirteen theme.

WordPress 3.6 will also feature — get this — a horizontal timeline slider for revision control. Tschea! That one got a big hand from the audience.

And all will get access to a feature we’ve had at VentureBeat for a little while now: a collaboration feature that allows you to see who’s editing a post and ask you if you want to take it over, making writing and editing with others much less passive-aggressive.

In general, this is the most graphically and visually pleasing WordPress yet. It takes benefit of higher bandwidth; it pushes images to the forefront and to the edges of the screen, and it looks like it’s wonderfully in line with the best in modern blogging.

Certainly, mobile is a big center for Automattic, which rolled out a total of 15 mobile app updates in the past 12 months. As per a company-conducted survey, around 18% of WordPress users access the service from an Android tablet; 31 percent come to the service from an iOS device; and 30 percent find their way to WordPress on Android smartphones.

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