What’s New in WordPress 3.7 (just released)

Not gonna lie, when I see a major release of WordPress come out, I kind of get excited.

WordPress 3.7 codenamed “Basie” has been released today and has a slew of really cool new features!

Automatic Background Updates

For all security and maintenance updates, such as 3.7.1, these updates will now happen automatically.  These updates are generally less invasive, they generally don’t “change” anything structurally on your blog, but are important enough that you really should update your site as soon as the release comes out.

There are also a bunch of new safeguards put in place to make sure the updates go as planned, and of course without error.

Improved Password Meter

This update is a little more in your face.  WordPress will now let you know if your passwords suck.  It basically suggests that you use a stronger password when choosing a new one.

100’s of brute force attacks are launched against WordPress webmasters every day.  This little change should make things just a little safer.

The WordPress “update welcome screen” also lets you play with the new meter to test it out:

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More Relevant Search

WordPress search has been a complete joke for a very long time.  In most of our designs, we hide any search functionality completely.

Instead of returning results based on date (as it has in the past) it will return results:

  • Full sentence matches within post title
  • keywords in post titles
  • Sentence matches in post content.

Overall you will see much more relevant search results, which opens up so many possibilities.

Lots of Developer Love

Developers have been given a lot more flexibility and functionality in this update. According to the official WordPress 3.7 release page there have been 6 new classes introduced, 10 new class methods (from existing classes), 2 new actions, and 23 new filters have been added.

The cool thing about WordPress is that 3.8 has been in production for a while now, and is due to be released in December.

In total there were 211 developers that were given “props” on the wordpress.org blog post announcing the release.

I am honored to live in a world where so many selfless human beings dedicate themselves to open source software every day to make the world a better place where we live.

From all of us at Elite Strategies, we thank the entire WordPress development community for all the hard work that they have done.

Patrick Coombe
Patrick Coombe is the founder and CEO of Elite Strategies Llc. Patrick takes a hands on approach to managing Elite Strategies and loves to get involved with technical projects relating to clients inbound marketing needs.
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