WordPress 3.7 – Give it up for Count Basie

WordPress 3.7 is out and it’s a pretty cool front act to upcoming WordPress 3.8. Baptized with the name Basie, in honor of jazz legend Count Basie, WordPress 3.7 is now available for download in your dashboard. This release features important architectural updates and the introduction of the new plugin-first development process. This new development cycle will continue on into version 3.8 scheduled to be released December 2013.

Some of the salient features of WordPress 3.7 or Basie include:

Updates while you sleep: With WordPress 3.7, you don’t have to lift a finger to apply maintenance and security updates. Most sites are now able to automatically apply these updates in the background. The update process also has been made even more reliable and secure, with dozens of new checks and safeguards.

Stronger password recommendations: Your password is your site’s first line of defense. It’s best to create passwords that are complex, long, and unique. To that end, our password meter has been updated in WordPress 3.7 to recognize common mistakes that can weaken your password: dates, names, keyboard patterns (123456789), and even pop culture references.

Better global support: Localized versions of WordPress will receive faster and more complete translations. WordPress 3.7 adds support for automatically installing the right language files and keeping them up to date, a boon for the many millions who use WordPress in a language other than English.

(source: WordPress News)

This means better security features, automatic updates, and a more globally responsive platform to service approximately 18 – 20% of the Internet being powered by WordPress.

Check your dashboard to update. Don’t forget to backup your files.

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