WordPress 3.3 Is Here – What’s New?

by on December 14, 2011 · 15 comments

WordPress 3.3

WordPress 3.3 was just released. What’s inside? Some nice improvements – watch my video for a quick tour. I’ll show you around the new interface changes, and some of the new features as well.

Quick list of new features in WordPress 3.3 for users

Here’s a short list of the new features in WordPress 3.3. I show many of these in the video above. You can see WordPress.org for their WordPress 3.3 announcement as well.

  • Drag and Drop Uploader for all media types (and automatic file type detection). I mentioned in my post from WordCamp earlier this year that WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg said they were going to improve the media uploading capabilities in WordPress to be closer to how Google+ works.
  • Hover menus for navigation in the WordPress Admin area
  • Pointer tips for new features, and a welcome message
  • Improved Admin Bar
  • Improved Admin experience for iPad and Tablet devices
  • Better Permalinks options, including improved performance for post-slug-only permalinks

SmallBiz – Tested

We’ve been testing the SmallBiz WordPress Theme with WordPress 3.3 since the early betas and everything works fine. So if you’re using SmallBiz, you should have no problems upgrading to WordPress 3.3.

Are you planning to upgrade to WordPress 3.3? What are your favorite features? Let me know in the comments below!

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Brad West December 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm

This 3.3 is awesome Don. But a little reminder to backup your site first for this one, please do yourself that little favor. I had evidently not updated one of my sites in the proper order, I updated plugins first and then the 3.3 update. This somehow created a loop. It kept going to update data base, then it said successfully updated the data base and redirected me to the front page. when I hit the admin button it repeated everything over and over and wouldn’t let me login to the admin side.

Np though thanks to the trusty Select WP-DBManager, I uploaded the back-up and got back in. Not sure what plugin caused the problem yet.

Here is my recommendation because from what I have read it could also be the theme.
Back up your files
Activate the twenty ten or twenty eleven theme
Up-date your WP blog to 3.3
Then update any plugins
Switch your theme back to the one you normally run.

I have a whole bunch of sites left to do and this procedure seems to be working well.

Hope this helps!


Don Campbell December 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Very good point Brad – always back up first!!
But you don’t need to switch away from your theme. You can leave your current theme active.


Brad West December 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

The issue was not huge but for some people that don’t know their way around the WP platform that well this little loop issue could be a few frustrating hours even more for some. I am one not to back up first WP-DBManager has saved my butt a few times.

Just a little tip about sending your backups via email if you have a large number of sites get a [email protected] I use Gmail for everything and send all your backups to one place. You can also FTP into the site and retrieve them, but with this SOPA thing going on sending things off site may be a better option.

Thanks Don I really do like the new 3.3 can only imagine where it is going from here.


Crucible December 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Good stuff , I’m excited about the new version , media upload is finally easy. Keep up the great content


Don Campbell December 16, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Thanks Crucible – I think you’ll like it!


RLRowe December 17, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Enjoyed the video Don,
you make the update look appealing.
Having tweaked my theme a bit, I have concerns as to whether or not to update.
Is there any downside to staying put with my current version, other than the nagging “Please Update Now “message?


Don Campbell December 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Well, ideally you will want to update because of security fixes in the newer versions. They close up security holes that hackers can exploit.


Colin December 19, 2011 at 9:01 am

I ownder if anyone has had this problem? I had to swap my blog from GoDaddy to Hostek (techie reasons). I had the wp installation ready and then transferred back-up data-base etc. Everything has come back as was except there are no categories or tags on any of the posts. Ther Blog is 4 years old with about 475 posts so at the moment it looks like I will be going into every post, creating categories and tags and rebuilding it that way.
Does anyone know why this might have happened?


Michael Yublosky, DIY SEO Coach December 30, 2011 at 10:59 am

Don –

Brad’s advice to switch back to twenty ten or twenty eleven seems unnecessary if you are using smallbiz theme. If you do, won’t you have to set up all of your widgets once again?



Don Campbell December 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Thanks Michael – you’re right. I didn’t catch the part about switching themes back. That’s not necessary so I added that to my response.


PhillH January 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

Thanks for the video, with the last update it took me a frustratingly long time to turn off the comment, now thanks to you I hope i’m clued up on the new Wordpress.


Craig Hawke January 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Great tutorial once again Don!
Many Thanks…Craig


Doc Nenos January 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Hi Don,

Is there a tutorial you can do to help us make our website mobile friendly?


Jeff February 23, 2012 at 7:47 am

Love the theme! What a time saver!


Abbie April 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Just wanted you to know, I am using wordpress as a static website, and FINALLY, after over an hour searching and phoning all over the place for simple instructions, YOU are the only one who could tell me how to get rid of the blankety-blank blog stuff on every page! THANK YOU!


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