Advertisement
News

WordPress 3.4 Has Arrived... Now What?

by

We posted last week about the upcoming features to look out for in WordPress 3.4, and yesterday it was released. That's right, WordPress 3.4 "Green" is out right now! So what happens next?


Getting Up to Date

No doubt you all know how to update a WordPress installation. You just click the "Update" link and away you go, right? Well, you could do that but let's think for a second about our theme and plugins, do we know for sure that everything will go smoothly?

I recommend you take the following steps as a minimum:

  1. Backup your current site's files and database – you can do this manually or with a plugin, as long as it's something you can restore from without too much trouble.
  2. Create a new installation using your backup – do this either on a sub-domain or on your local development environment.
  3. Once you're up and running, perform the update – if you come across any errors, get them fixed up.
  4. Assuming everything went well and you've fixed any issues, update your site, and apply any fixes there too.
  5. You're done! Enjoy WordPress 3.4

The Future

Now that WordPress 3.4 is out, hopefully you've all read the WordPress 3.4 Field Guide for Developers. If you haven't, you should. If you're a theme or plugin developer especially, hopefully you're busy making updates to your themes and plugins too.

Now we can turn our attentions to WordPress 3.5, which will start being discussed at the WordPress Developer chat next week (for times, see the sidebar from the field guide link).

What are you hoping to see in WordPress 3.5? Let us know in the comments below.

Related Posts
  • Code
    WordPress
    The Beginner's Guide to Selecting a WordPress ThemeBeginnersguide
    When you're first starting out with your site or blog, it's easy to rush into things because of the desire to get things up and running as quickly as possible. In some cases, that works fine, in others it's not always the best idea. And in this case, it's the latter.Read More…
  • Code
    Articles
    A Guide to Providing Quality Customer SupportQuality customer support
    If you’ve ever released free or premium WordPress Themes or Plugins, you know that launching your new product is not the end of the process. In fact, it’s just the start, and raises a lot of questions: How do you provide support? How do you support customers after they’ve used your product? How do you manage email, social media and forum support easily? Should you support your free products, or just your premium ones? Read More…
  • Code
    Plugins
    Choosing the Right Plugin for Your Next WordPress ProjectPlugin icon 400
    Ever needed a plugin for your WordPress-based website? Of course! After all, that's how WordPress is extended, isn't it? If you're a beginner to WordPress, or even a power user, then you're likely familiar with the WordPress plugin repository, premium plugins, and so on. The thing is, there are so many plugins available that do many of the same things, it can be difficult to determine which is best suited for your particular needs. This raises the question: What do you do to find the perfect plugin for a particular need? In this post, we're going to see how to find the best plugin for exactly that.Read More…
  • Code
    WordPress
    5 Quick Beginner-Friendly CSS Customizations That Make Your Blog Stand OutCssblog
    In this tutorial, we'll cover how to do five quick CSS customizations that make your blog stand out. Even if you don't know what CSS is, you'll be able to follow the instructions and change the standard look of your theme.Read More…
  • Code
    Theme Development
    Creating a WordPress Theme From Static HTML: Releasing Your ThemeCreating wordpress theme from html 400
    If you've been following this series you now have a working WordPress theme. Your theme has a number of template files, including a page template and an archive template, and also has featured image support.Read More…
  • Business
    Freelance
    The Top WordPress Plugins You Need for Your Authority Blog5 preview authority blog wordpress plugins
    In the last post we got your blog setup with a unique-looking design courtesy of the Canvas theme framework. But aesthetics are just one piece of the puzzle -- in reality, any successful blog needs to function well in order to succeed. Although WordPress has great functionality out the box, its true power lies in its extensibility, which is exactly what we're going to cover today. I'm going to take you through the top WordPress plugins you can use to elevate your authority site to another level. We're going to cover everything from backups, to security, to search engine optimization, to post promotion and more. This step-by-step guide will show you how to install and setup each of the WordPress plugins I consider to be must-haves for authority site owners. Enjoy!Read More…