This next liveblog I will be liveblogging what’s coming up with WordPress 3.6 with Aaron Campbell of Range.
Aaron Campbell is the lead developer for the upcoming WordPress 3.6 release
One of the major feature enhancements is going to be with Revisions.
Autosave and Post locking, lead by Andrew Ozz and Mike Schroder
There’s almost no interface for autosave, one of the coolest features about it. There has always been autosaves, it autosaves what you’ve been typing, but there were still some circumstances where you could lose your content. Internet connectivity…being logged out…
the new autosave functionality uses local storage to keep that content saved.
It will not be using localstage with Flash, but rather browser based with session storage.
Multi-author blogs often have an issue with two or more people editing the same post, that feature is getting an overhaul and makes it much easier to manage.
Another feature enhancement around Menus.
Making it easier to use.
Improving the Custom Menu Widget, select the menu and give it a title.
Helen and Scott are leading this feature.
[Aaron asks who is using Tumblr…people may be a little scared to raise their hand at a WordPress conference]
Aaron: Post Types has been around with WordPress for a while, but hasn’t been very easy to use. Post Formats will get a big overhaul
Aaron is diving into Twenty Thirteen.
“Getting back into the roots of blogging with Twenty Thirteen”
Showing off your content, beautifully, vibrantly, and letting your content speak for itself.
No more thumbnail, thumbnail, thumbnail, just beautiful galleries.
image post format, video post format, and more.
Tentative release date for the end of April for WordPress 3.6
…opening up questions to the audience
Audience question: “can I add custom post types?”
Aaron: “No, not with these — we want to drive greater adoption for these post types with themes so they can more easily support these formats”
Audience: “are there any major differences with how WP uses Post Types and how Woo does it with Tumblr-like?”
Aaron: “Some differences, when we first started we looked at Woo…and I think Crowd Favorite, and it’s been re-imagined to work better in the existing admin and layout and functionality, but it’s not that different behind the scenes”
Audience: “What is the difference between Custom Post Types and Custom Post Formats”?
Aaron: Post Formats are specifically about a certain type of content, where Custom Post Types are just custom content types and can be used much more extensible. They are similar in some aspects, but they have very different purposes.
I wish that Post Types and Custom Post Types were called differently, but CPTs are much heavier than built in Post Types.
Audience: “can I change the colors with the new Twenty Thirteen? Will there be color options?”
Aaron: “No, there won’t be, but it’s entirely possible to edit the color scheme.
Look at http://ottopress.com/2013/im-not-a-fan-of-orange/ as an example of someone editing the default color scheme (away from orange).”
Audience: “how much time has gone into WordPress 3.6 for you?”
Aaron: “I have never spent so much time on a release as I am this release. I probably am spending around 12-15 hours per week on just wrangling people and keeping things moving.
Mark Jaquith is putting in similar hours.
Gosh I don’t even know how many hours were put into the Twenty Thirteen theme.
Post Formats have a bunch of time put in as well”
[Aaron asked who has contributed to the WordPress 3.6 release…a handful of hands go up]
[Audience gives a round of applause, as a thanks to the contributors]
Aaron: “MP6 definitely exists and is moving, but it’s not going into core this time”
“Once it’s a finalized product, it definitely will”
Audience: “What is MP6?”
Aaron: “MP6 is an attempt at re-skinning the admin. It’s heavy re-work of redesigning the admin. It started with icons, but has evolved into making things more aware of how users are actually using the admin”
Audience: “Whats your favorite feature that you had to drop?”
Aaron: “I was really excited to fix up the post statues, Drafts, Pending Review, etc
I really wanted to get this into this release, but it disappeared into the rabbit hole. Too deep to make the release date, so we had to cut it”
Post Formats are exclusive to the Post Types, Post.