I’ve seen a variety of posts from people devising different ways to customize the_excerpt length. In WordPress, most people are familiar with 2 ways to display their content: the_content, and the_excerpt. Both give fairly predictable results as to what you get. the_content gives you all of your content, with formatting intact. the_excerpt gives you your set excerpt, stripping away formatting, links, etc. But you had one excerpt length, and that was it! What if you want various excerpts? Well I’ve seen ways to craft various excerpts by creating different functions that had to be called per template, but as of WP 3.3 that is no more! Check it out!
WordPress just pushed out an upgrade to version 3.3.1. This one is a necessary upgrade which contains essential security fixes. Please take some time and get your sites up to date so you can benefit from the bug and security fixes.
I already see numerous people discussing the lack of a direct link to their dashboard in the new toolbar. It’s there, honest. Click your site name. From the dashboard, that link goes to your site front end. From the front end, that link goes to your dashboard.
Don’t hate it because it’s new. It’s just different, it works great. It is confusing at first to those of us used to a different way of doing things. But it’s simple for the new person, it won’t be confusing if it’s the only behaviour they know.
Give the toolbar some love, try it out, grow to use it and enjoy it. I see so many people trying to kill it, etc. It is helpful, useful, and very cool. If you just take a few days to get used to how it works, it will be very helpful. It’s not going away, and it can be quite helpful.
Recently, Andrew Nacin went to town, documenting everything you need to know about the imminent release of WordPress 3.3. If you are a dev, you really need to know this stuff. Even if you are just a casual user, this stuff is good to know. Take a look and see what is coming up!
We are finally moving from Beta to Release Candidate (RC). Are you ready? If you have any custom themes or plugins, have you tested them? Have you checked out all the details of the release yet? Release Candidate is usually the stage where I start switching over my sites, starting with the least complicated. You can do the same on a simple site, and play around a bit. I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone with a complicated site, lots of jQuery plugins, or a site that would hurt if it went down. But in those circumstances, you should have a copy test site, and should already know if WP3.3 is going to cause any issues.
Here’s a link to an article I think several of us are going to want to look at. The forthcoming WordPress 3.3 release is going to make it quite easy to add the full editor on the front end. We have a very active discussion going on VoodooPress where we’ve established how to post from the front end. I’m not going to have time to work on this for a bit, but wanted to point out the links. Hopefully someone can get this going. It looks like it will be pretty simple for us to get a full editor on our front end posting. If someone works this out, let us know in the comments. Maybe make a full post on your site and link it here, or you can write a guest post on VoodooPress about it.
WordPress just announced the release of the Beta 2 for 3.3, why not give it a try? This one comes with quite a few fixes, including all of the items I had mentioned here. The more eyeballs that look at this, the better chance we have of squashing the bugs. If you haven’t done it before, set yourself up a little test site in a subdomain or subdirectory, and see what’s new!
So I still am not sure if I am inputting these things correctly. Trac is a bit confusing for me to figure out. But I’ve been playing with WordPress 3.3 Beta 1 all day, unfortunately using IE7, and am having some issues.
- http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/18918 No way to upload media in IE7 FIXED
- http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/18917 Can’t dismiss pointers in IE7 FIXED
- http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/18924 Flyout menu issues in IE7 FIXED
- http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/18929 Post editor having many issues FIXED
I know, the commonality here is me…and IE7. If I wasn’t stuck using it I would. But I just really wanted to point out, WP 3.3 is beta. There could be more issues. It would be awesome if everyone could set up a test environment and play around a bit. Help the community! If I can get that trac thing figured out, so can you!
The other day I posted up about some of the new features in the upcoming WordPress 3.3 release, along with some of the issues I’m having while using IE7. The flyout menus are really giving me trouble it seems.