WordPress 3.4, dubbed “Green”, is here. There’s a lot to like in this latest version, which boiled down to a single word would be “simple”. WordPress did a pretty good job at talking about what the highlights are in this article. Here’s what we think is the most important part:
The biggest change in 3.4 is the theme customizer which allows you to play around with various looks and settings for your current theme or one you’re thinking about switching to without publishing those changes to the whole world. For themes that support it, you can change colors, backgrounds, and of course custom image headers. We have more planned for the customizer down the road.
Throughout the rest of the admin you’ll notice tweaks to make your everyday life easier. For example, if you have lots of themes we’ve made it quicker to browse them all at once without paging. We’ve made it possible to use images from your media library to populate custom headers, and for you to choose the height and width of your header images.
We’ve expanded our embed support to include tweets: just put a Twitter permalink on its own line in the post editor and we’ll turn it into a beautiful embedded Tweet. And finally, image captions have been improved to allow HTML, like links, in them.
The bottom line for our clients is that they won’t notice a thing when we upgrade their site. This should make our lives as developers a bit smoother as WordPress gives us more tools to work with, which could help cut down on development time.