WordPress 3.7 Released with Automatic Updates, Improved Search and More! - ManageWP

WordPress 3.7 Released with Automatic Updates, Improved Search and More!

WordPress 3.7

After the shortest development cycle in the history of WordPress (3.6 was released in August) the team have released WordPress 3.7 with a few key improvements. Keeping with their tradition of naming the major releases after jazz musician, this version, codenamed Basie, is in honor of jazz pianist Count Basie.

As always, we highly recommend you update the WordPress core immediately. It not only gives you access to the new features, it also goes a long way in protecting you against potential security threats.

Although 3.7 may not look any different, there are some major changes to the software architecture in this version. Let’s take a look at a few of the new features and how they may change the future of WordPress.

Automatic Updates

One of the two major new features is the ability to update minor versions of the core software automatically.

No-one likes doing updates so the having the core software upgrade itself takes an administration burden away from site owners. This will ensure that sites are always kept up to date, helping site owners avoid potential security risks.

This feature is designed for minor core updates at the moment but in the long term it looks like this process could be applied to all major version upgrades too. In the future, manually upgrading your WordPress installations could be a thing of the past (if you so desired).

Better Search

WordPress search has been horrible for a very long time. After numerous requests and complaints from the community the development team has finally gone to great lengths to improve it in Basie.

Search has been changed to match results by relevance rather than date and search returns are now ordered in the following manner:

This change is a vast improvement over the search functionality in the previous versions and should make the search feature far more usable.

Other Changes

The latest version has a few more additions that are worth mentioning.

Stronger password recommendations. A new password meter encourages users to create stronger passwords for their WordPress accounts. The first line of defense for WordPress security is a strong password. This new feature should be a useful tool to convince everyday users to create better and stronger passwords.

Better global support. Millions of people use WordPress in a language other than English, making this a very important feature. The localized versions of WordPress will receive more complete translations and will also silently update in the background with the core software.

There are a large number of changes and updates under the hood, a complete list can be found in the WordPress Codex entry for Basie.

What Do You think?

I’m looking forward to not having to carry out all of the minor updates manually and I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that they have finally improved the search feature.

But what do you think of the new version? Are they on track with their new, faster development cycle? Go and install 3.7 then share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Tom Ewer

Tom Ewer is the founder of WordCandy.co. He has been a huge fan of WordPress since he first laid eyes on it, and has been writing educational and informative content for WordPress users since 2011. When he's not working, you're likely to find him outdoors somewhere – as far away from a screen as possible!

5 Comments

  1. Paul G.

    Hey,

    I thought you might like to know about the additions we’ve made to the WordPress Simple Firewall plugin.

    You can now finely customize how WordPress handles Automatic Updates with a couple of checkboxes.

    Hope you like!

    You can find it on the WordPress Simple Firewall on the WordPress.org repository: http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-simple-firewall/

    Hope you like! :)
    Paul.

  2. comox

    I usually wait a week or so to update WP or the themes, as I always figure that there may be a glitch in the update. Rarely, there is.
    Auto updates – a great idea, next will be auto-updates on the plugins. ??

    1. Tom Ewer

      I think that’s pretty sensible although I tend to update immediately :-)

      Auto updates on plugins would be excellent!

  3. Jose

    Thanks for the article.

    I was hesitant about the auto update thing because I am a bit of a control freak and like manual updates/knowing what is being updated. So I hope there is an option to enable or disable that.

    Otherwise I think it is a good option for those who just want to have their site updated instantly.

    Looking forward to better search!

    J

    1. Tom Ewer

      Hey J,

      I love the idea of auto update for security fixes but I understand why you would be hesitant about automatic bigger updates. There is (and I assume always will be) an option to make updates manual.

      Cheers,

      Tom

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