Yesterday, Matt Mullenweg announced the arrival of WordPress 3.6. It looks like a very nice update.

Our top 3 favorite features of Oscar are:

1. The New Twenty Thirteen Theme
A nice blogging focus with a single column design. We liked that by selecting a different post type, you can easily change the background color of the post.

2. Built-in HTML5 media player
Now there is native audio and video embeds with no reliance on external services. We will miss the very excellent Viper’s Video Quicktags plugin, but it was sure nice to embed a YouTube video with just a URL.

3. The Updated Menu Editor
It is much easier to understand and use as we were able to add a navigation menu in about 5 seconds to our Twenty Thirteen’d blog.

Other updates include:

User features

  • Revamped Revisions now saves every change. The new interface allows you to scroll easily through changes to see line-by-line who changed what and when.
  • Post Locking and Augmented Autosave will be nice for sites that have more than one author working on a single post. Each author now has their own autosave stream and there’s an interface for taking over editing of a post.

Developer features

  • A new audio/video API gives you access to metadata like ID3 tags.
  • You can now choose HTML5 markup for things like comment and search forms, and comment lists.
  • Better filters for how revisions work, so you can store a different amount of history for different post types.
  • Tons more listed on the Codex, and of course you can always browse the over 700 closed tickets.

Go check out the launch post for the very funny video.

ContentRobot Recommendations

As always, ContentRobot recommends that you don’t upgrade to any major release immediately on a production site. We typically upgrade our clients’ sites a few weeks after a major release, when all the bugs will surely be out.