WordPress Version 3.4 Beta 1 is Released to the Public


WordPress.org has announced the beta version of WordPress 3.4. You are advised to use this version for testing purposes only. You can see more about how to report bugs you find, etc., on the WordPress announcement page.

According to WordPress, these are some of the major changes you will notice:

  • 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 these are 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 WordPress 3.4 Beta 1 here.