What’s New in WordPress 3.5.1
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(WordPress 3.5 New Look by Dustin Hartzler)
New Media Uploader and Media Library
The new Media Uploader and Media Library are the biggest and most anticipated features for WordPress 3.5. Now it is easier than ever to manage, arrange and add media to your posts and pages. The new drag-and-drop interface now gives you the ability to work with a group of photos or media files. It is much easier to add meta-data such as description, caption and alt text to each image, which is great for Search Engine Optimization. Also included in the new Media Manager are the options to set a featured image or insert a gallery of images. There is also improved media search capabilities for those with large media libraries and the upload experience seems much faster and cleaner. A great tutorial for the new Media Manager can be found here.
New oEmbeds for Instagram, Slideshare, and Soundcloud
oEmbeds give you the ability to embed media from different sources from within your page or post by simply entering the full url in the editor. No more embed codes, shortcodes, or embed plugins needed! This support is already built in for many services such as Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo; but now, support has been added for Instagram, Slideshare and SoundCloud.
TinyMCE and Edit Screen User Interface Updates
Also featured in this release is a new cleaner version of the TinyMCE editor. You will also notice that the “HTML” tab has been renamed to “Text” and the old “Upload/Insert” icon has been replaced with an “Add Media” button, which functions similarly, but much improved as mentioned previously in the section about the Media Manager.
New Minimalistic Default Theme – Twenty Twelve
The new beautifully minimalist default theme, Twenty Twelve, is not only fully responsive across multiple mobile devices, it also uses the very popular Google web font, Open Sans, for a cleaner and more streamlined look. The default page template features a sidebar, but included is a full-width page template without a sidebar and unique home page template with two widgeted areas. Also included are different post formats to select from when writing new blog posts: standard, aside, image, link, quote, or status. Another big change is that while the header image is still available under Appearance –> Header, it will no longer be enabled by default.