The Beta release of WordPress 3.3 has just been announced. As always, they could really use some help with testing this bad boy. I’m going to give my first impressions after an hour of playing around. Let’s just say, this one needs some polish!
First up, you wanna play right? Well grab your copy here. Now, don’t go upgrading your install to a live blog. This is an early release, and there are bound to be bugs. Instead throw it in a subdomain/subdirectory. Heck, in my opinion, you should always have a testing environment set up to play with. It’s great for testing themes, plugins, code, or just messing around, especially when you help people out in the forums!
So I have my testing environemnt all set up, let’s take a look.
Here’s an image showing a couple of the issues I’m having. So far, I see 3 major problems. Keep in mind, I do a lot of my WordPress stuff at work, where I’m tied to Internet Explorer 7 or 8. I don’t expect anything to be perfect on these browsers, they pretty much suck. But I shouldn’t totally lose functionality. I’m going to try my best to make sure these things get fixed before release.
- The Pointers – WordPress 3.3 introduces pointers. These are handy little items which point out new features as they are added to WordPress. Down the road the can be leveraged by plugins and themes to point out new features. I like the idea, they point out new things, you dismiss them, and they are gone. Simple. But if you look at the image above, there is no way for me to close the pointers. Normally I use the admin dropdown plugin, but I’ve had to turn it off. That pointer covers my dropdown menu and blocks half of the functionality.
- Media Uploader – The media uploader has been revamped. It looks like it’s going to be pretty cool, drag and drop deliciousness. The thing is, I can see the drag and drop interface momentarily. Once the page fully loads, that interface goes away. To make matters worse, the ‘Select Files’ button does nothing for me. So I effectively have no way to add any media.
- Flyout Admin Menu – Another cool item. Instead of having to click/expand each menu item, they simply have hover flyouts. This is good and bad. You can hover over each menu item to see the sub-items. And if you click an item, you go to the main page for that item, and the subitems expand. From what I see, there is no way to have more than one menu item open at a time. So I”m torn, I like having multiple menu items open, but I also really like the flyouts. However, on IE the flyouts have a transparent background. This essentially means the menu items clash with the page items, rendering the flyout unreadable.
So that’s it for my first impressions. I’m sure these minor issues will get worked out pre-release. There’s a lot going on under the hood here, so every person who can get this installed and tested is helping us all!