WordPress version 3.7 is now available for download or update from your WordPress dashboard. This release was code named “Basie” in honor of Count Basie.
Neotechnics recommends that all clients update their core WordPress code as new releases become available. We especially recommend updating with minor releases like this because most contain important security fixes, as well as enhancements to widely reported issues.
Some of the biggest updates in this release include:
- Auto-Updates: This new functionality means maintenance and security updates can be automatically updated with no administrator interaction. The actual update process also has been made even more reliable and secure, with dozens of new checks and safeguards.
- Password Strength Recommendations: Neotechnics has always encouraged the use of strong passwords and a password manager. I personally do not store or memorize passwords. Instead, I use passwords that are generated and populated within a login form as needed. Your password is your first line of defense. This release includes a password meter that points out common mistakes (such as using dates, names, keyboard patterns (123456789), and more) that can put your site at risk to hackers.
- Other Development Improvements: For developers, there are lots of options around how to control the new updates feature, including allowing it to handle major upgrades as well as minor ones, more sophisticated date query support, and multisite improvements.
You can find more information on this and other WordPress releases directly from the WordPress Release Archive.
WordPress 3.8 on the Horizon
WordPress 3.8 release is due out sometime in December 2013. It’s bound to be packed with more important security fixes and enhancements. Be sure to follow the Neotechnics blog to stay abreast of new WordPress releases and other important news.