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WordPress 3.6 Beta 1 New Post Format, Twenty Thirteen, Simplified Nav Menus

WordPress 3.6 Beta 1 is now available to testers to try it out. The dev team notes that already more than 150 contributors have joined version 3.6 — it’s not too late to join the party!

If you are a WordPress plugin or theme developer, or a WordPress hosting provider, you can start testing your code against this new version now. For this either use WordPress Beta Tester plugin (if you want “bleeding edge nightlies”), or download the beta here.

Here’s what’s new in 3.6:

  • Post Formats now have their own UI, and theme authors have access to templating functions to access the structured data.
  • Twenty Thirteen is the now default theme shipping this year. Twenty Thirteen is an opinionated, color-rich, blog-centric theme that makes full use of the new Post Formats support. And, is not suited for regular blogs.
  • Audio and Video can now be embeded into your posts without relying on a plugin or a third party media hosting service.
  • Posts are now autosaved locally. “If your browser crashes, your computer dies, or the server goes offline as you’re saving, you won’t lose the your post,” the team notes.
  • Post Locking: See when someone is currently editing a post, and kick them out of it if they fall asleep at the keyboard.
  • Nav Menus have been simplified with an accordion-based UI, and a separate tab for bulk-assigning menus to locations.
  • The all-new revisions UI features avatars, a slider that “scrubs” through history, and two-slider range comparisons.

WordPress 3.6 Beta 1 Out to Test: WordPress Beta Tester Plugin Screen

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