WordPress 3.5 Elvin Is Released and ready for download

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: a new WordPress release is available and chock-full of goodies to delight bloggers and developers alike. This one “Elvin” in honor of drummer Elvin Jones, who played with John Coltrane in addition to many others.

Today WordPress has released it’s next big version…Wordpress 3.5 is on the shelves and ready to be downloaded!

After the most popular version of WordPress 3.4, 3.5 has a lot to live up to and all the work that has gone into further improvements to WordPress have paid off.

WordPress 3.4 was downloaded more than 28 million times, there used to be a download counter on WordPress.org. This counter has now been reset and is counting the amount of downloads for version 3.5, at the time of writing this has already reached 100,000+ downloads on the first day of release.

WordPress 3.5

What’s new with 3.5?

WordPress 3.5 has been named Elvin after the drummer Elvin Jones.

New Media Library

One of the biggest changes to 3.5 is the new improved media library, this allows you to upload images and create galleries inside the WordPress CMS. You can change the order of the images in the gallery, add a caption, add an alt tag, crop the images, add alignment to your image and lots more.

Uploading your images to WordPress is as easy as drag n dropping your images into the media library.

Twenty Twelve WordPress Theme

The new version is deployed with a new improved default WordPress theme. This theme is an excellent example of how to code a WordPress theme correctly. It shows off some of the great unused features like custom backgrounds, custom headers, theme customiser page. This theme CSS is even responsive and was built with a mobile first design, making this a great theme to use as a base or a parent theme for any website.

WordPress Dashboard

There are some improvements to the dashboard, all the images have been upgraded to now be retina ready which makes the dashboard look much sharper.

There is a new color picker to make it easy for you to select a new color for the background of the theme.

Some of the less used features, have been removed from the admin area. One of these features is the links menu, this feature will allow you to create a list of links you can use to add a blogroll to the sidebar of your site. The reason why this feature isn’t used anymore is because WordPress allows you to create multiple menus and use a WordPress widget to add menus to the page, therefore we don’t need to use the links feature anymore. Links have not been totally removed but the link is gone on the dashboard menu. If you still use this feature and want this menu item back you can install this plugin to get the links back.

Link Manager Plugin

Favourite Plugins

This is a feature that was announced back in October by Japh Thomson on WpTuts where he explained how to create a plugin to show your favourite WordPress plugins in the dashboard.

On WordPress.org you can select which plugins are your favourite plugins. This is a great way to bookmark certain plugins so you can access these at a later date.

In the WordPress dashboard under the plugins menu there is a new link at the top of the page which will display your favourite plugins. Where you can install them directly from the dashboard. This is a great feature if you need to create new instances of a WordPress site and use the same plugins over and over again.

Multi Site Organisation Improvements

With the WordPress multisite feature you can host another WordPress site using the same instance of WordPress. You can setup user roles to have access to all sites on your WordPress instance.

When you use the multi site feature you can install the new site into a directory in the same location as the first site. The problem is this had to be at the root of your site, in the new version of WordPress you can select a sub-directory to install your mutli sites.

WordPress Developers

There are some new features that developers need to be made aware of.

Widgets Page

The widgets page will allow your users to add widgets into the sidebars of the theme, but if the theme doesn’t have any sidebars you can’t add any widgets. In the new version of WordPress the widget page will be hidden if there aren’t any sidebars registered on the theme.

General Fixes

Bug Fixes

Multisite

Classes

Functions

Filters

External Libraries

Deprecated Functions

Download WordPress 3.5

You can get 3.5 right now by either updating from your WordPress dashboard or by going to wordpress.org and download the latest version.