WordPress 3.4 in Beta

WordPress 3.4, the next version of WordPress, is available for a Beta 1 release already. (download link)

Looking back at WordPress 3.3, it made it all the way to a 4th Beta release, then graduated to two Release Candidates (RC).

So what’s new with WordPress 3.4?

  • Theme Customizer with Previewer
  • Flexible Custom Header Sizes
  • Selecting Custom Header and Background Images from Media Library
  • Better experience searching for and choosing a theme

How about under the hood? (non-visual)

  • New XML-RPC API for external and mobile applications
  • New API for registering theme support for custom headers and backgrounds
  • Performance improvements to WP_Query by splitting the query (Please test!)
  • Internationalization improvements (improved performance and locale support)
  • Performance and API improvements when working with lists of installed themes
  • Support for installing child themes from the WordPress Themes Directory

All in all, I’m very excited for the next release of WordPress. Each release gets better and better, bringing WordPress to a new level.

Will WordPress 3.4 be the last major release in 2012? According to the WordPress Roadmap, WordPress should see two more major releases this year: WordPress 3.5 and WordPress 3.6. The exact feature sets haven’t been finalized yet, but we should see those sooner than later.

UPDATE: Just hours later, Beta 2 is now available.

via WP Dev

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