WordPress is one of the most popular content management system today. WordPress is used by about 17.5% of all the websites that exist in the world wide web, i.e. a 55.2% of content management system market share. Its continuously evolving as a complete solution for all types of website needs. The most recent version of the WordPress is 3.5. It was released on 11th, December 2012. You can download it from here : WordPress.org/wordpress-3.5.zip

Features (for users)

  • It has completely new media manager, so you can easily manage media files than ever.
  • New Twenty Twelve default theme has been added. Its responsive and you just might fall in love with its flexibility .
  • oEmbed support for Instagram, SoundCloud and Slideshare.
  • Retina-Ready (HiDPI) Admin screen and New welcome screen
  • Privace tab has been removed and the search engine visibility feature has been moved to “Reading Settings” in admin screen.
  • Many other small but important improvements done in admin screen , like new color picker and it other new devices compatibilty.

Features (for developers)

  • New “show_admin_column” parameter has been added for for register_taxonomy() allows auto creation of taxonomy columns on associated post types.
  • Meta query support has been added to WP_Comment_Query and WP_User_Query. So , now developers can search comments and users based on their meta value.
  • Two new hooks for the add/edit post screen: edit_form_after_title and edit_form_after_editor.
  • Speed improvement in switch_to_blog() and post Objects.
  • XML-RPC WordPress API is enabled by default and there is no option to disable from admin screen.
  • New WP_Image_Editor class has been added for image manipulation.
  • Underscore and Backbone JavaScript libraries has been added to the core.

Please visit this link to see more detailed list of changes and developers who contributed.

Official Video on WordPress 3.5

Happy blogging. 🙂