This morning it was announced that the WordPress 3.4 Beta 1 was released.
If you are a web developer who develops custom themes and/or plugins, you should be watching the next release as there are changes very relevant to your work.
Here’s some of what’s new:
- Theme Customizer with Previewer
- Flexible Custom Header Sizes
- Selecting Custom Header and Background Images from Media Library
- Better experience searching for and choosing a theme
And some of the under-the-hood changes:
- New XML-RPC API for external and mobile applications
- New API for registering theme support for custom headers and backgrounds
- Performance improvements to WP_Query by splitting the query (Please test!)
- Internationalization improvements (improved performance and locale support)
- Performance and API improvements when working with lists of installed themes
- Support for installing child themes from the WordPress Themes Directory
You can download the WordPress 3.4 Beta 1 here.
I finally got around to speeding up my WordPress blog and wanted to share with everyone the various things I did. I reduced my average page load time on certain pages from 15 seconds to about 1.5 seconds. That’s a big change.
My favorite test was a quick click through. On my new host I timed 6 page loads down to about 5 seconds. When I did the same test on my old setup, it took about 20 seconds (I know, below the 15 seconds average, that was really only for 1 page, but one of my most trafficked pages).