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28 May 2012, 11:51

WordPress 3.4 approaches as iOS app is updated

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WordPress logo WordPress Core Developer Andrew Nacin has announced the arrival of the first release candidate (RC1) for version 3.4 of WordPress. The next major update to the open source blogging and publishing platform features improvements to theme search and selection, as well as a new theme customiser and previewer.

WordPress 3.4 will allow users to select custom headers and background images from the Media Library, and custom headers sizes are said to be more flexible. An API for registering theme support for custom headers and backgrounds, and an XML-RPC API for external and mobile applications have also been added. Other changes include internationalisation and localisation improvements, support for HTML in image captions and better WP_Query performance.

A final release date for WordPress 3.4 has yet to be confirmed; at the time of writing, the draft schedule still lists 9 May as the target date for the 3.4 launch. As with all development releases, use on production sites is not advised. Those testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they find.

Zoom The new 3.0 release of WordPress for iOS includes a new swipe-to-moderate toolbar
The WordPress developers have also published a major update to the free WordPress for iOS app. Version 3.0 of the mobile application includes push notification support for blogs and adds a new swipe-to-moderate toolbar for moderating comments. According to Isaac Keyet, the new release is the most stable version of the app to date, as it fixes more than 40 bugs, some of which caused the app to crash. WordPress for iOS 3.0 can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and requires iOS 4.0 or later. Like WordPress, WordPress for iOS is licensed under the GPLv2 or later.

Further information about the WordPress RC can be found in the announcement blog post and on the 3.4 Codex page. Aimed at testers as well as theme and plugin developers, WordPress 3.4 RC1 is available to downloadDirect download from the project's site; alternatively, existing users can install the Beta Tester plugin and select "bleeding edge nightlies".

The current stable release of WordPress is version 3.3.2, a security update from April that closed security holes in three external file upload libraries.

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