Really Cool Flyout Menu of WordPress 3.3, Space and Time Saver

Really Cool Flyout Menu of WordPress 3.3, Space and Time Saver

WordPress 3.3 has been released and it is having lot many new features. One of them is the flyout menu which is really helpful as you don’t need to open each segment on Dashboard to see content inside that main menu. For example, if you want to edit your theme, you just need to hover your mouse on “Appearance” section and then you can see “Editor” as part of the flyout menu. If you are having lot many WordPress plugins installed on your WordPress setup, you may have lot many options listed under “Settings” panel. And every time you need to do some customization on a plugin, you need to scroll down to find the option under “Settings” panel for that plugin. Now you don’t need to do that. Here is the screenshot of the settings panel with flyout menu from one of my blog setup and you can see how easy it is to find the settings option for installed plugins. Flyout Menu in WordPress 3.3 This new menu style is space saver as you can see all the installed options without scrolling the page (if you are not having lot many plugins with individual tab options). For example, MobilePress, Contact Form 7 etc. in the above...

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What’s New in WordPress 3.3 Sonny

What’s New in WordPress 3.3 Sonny

WordPress 3.3 code name “Sonny” final stable version has been released and is available for download as well as update either from Dashboard or through FTP clients. It took 5 months for WordPress to release this new version as the last version 3.2.1 was released on July, 12. WordPress is an open source CMS where lot many people contribute towards the development and bug fixes. The development cycle of WordPress 3.3 was having total 584 open tickets and was closed by more than 150 developers around the world. So what’s is new in WordPress 3.3 as compared to the previous version. Here is the list of new features, New Features in WordPress 3.3 Drag and Drop Media Uploader Admin bar and admin header combined as single toolbar Flyout Menus Dashboard Welcome Area for each upgrade or new installation New Features Pointers Better co-editing with co-authors as there will not be any time lag in edit operation by different authors. This will reduce or chances of invalid locking Thumblr Importer to import content from Thumblr Don’t loose the widget settings even after switching back to old themes jQuery 1.7.1 and jQuery UI 1.8.16 Improved Editor API Improved performance for permalink structure with category as slug Better support for iPad and other tablets with responsive screen Find the complete changelog here. Welcome Screen of WordPress 3.3 Apart from the above enhancements and new features, WordPress 3.3 is also having security fix related to the comments feed. And it is also having lot many bug fixes. That’s why it recommended to upgrade to WordPress 3.3 to have new features as well as to implement these fixes. Note – Code name “Sonny” is given in honor of the great jazz saxophonist Sonny...

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WordPress 3.3 – New Feature Pointers on Admin Dashboard

WordPress is getting more features, looks and performance related changes in WordPress version 3.3. Administrator of the WordPress site will see a welcome message with the details about the latest version after upgrading their WordPress setup. For example, once you will upgrade from WordPress 3.2.1 to WordPress 3.3, you will see a welcome message on the dashboard. Another new feature is the “New Feature Pointers”. Whatever new features will come with the new version, a pointer will keep pointing you on that with a small description about the feature itself. For example, on WordPress 3.3 dashboard, you can see a feature pointer (attached below) showing details about the new “Toolbar” where admin bar and old dashboard header are combined as one. You can remove these pointers by clicking the “dismiss” link available one the pointer box. According to the WordPress team, the new feature pointer is, When we add new features, move navigation, or do anything else with the dashboard that might throw you for a loop when you update your WordPress site, we’ll let you know about it with new feature pointers explaining the change. This new pointer feature is helpful for those who are not much familiar with the ongoing development of the WordPress code. They just upgrade the WordPress setup to avoid any security issue. Now they can also see what new features has been added and how they can utilize the feature for their...

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WordPress 3.3 – No more Performance Issue with Category in Permalink

WordPress is having custom permalink feature where you can provide the way you want the permalink on your site. The default one is blog_url/?p=post_id. On the permalink structure page under settings panel, you can choose to have date, post title, category, post_id etc. in the permalink structure. With a small change in .htaccess file, your new permalink structure will be implemented. Having post_id and the post_title in permalink structure is fine but there is some performance problem with category in permalink structure. In WordPress 3.3, development team has rectified the issue and you will not have any problem in having category_slug in the permalink structure of the WordPress site. According to the team, You have more freedom when choosing a post permalink structure. Skip the date information or add a category slug without a performance penalty Actually the rewrite rules were generated inconsistently for the permalink structure of /%category%/%postname%. Now the problem has been solved and after editing the post.php core file, they have achieved the expected result. So from WordPress 3.3 and onwards, you can use Category in the permalink structure without worrying about the performance issue. WordPress 3.3 Release Candidate 3 is available for testing purpose. It is expected that WordPress team will release the final version of WordPress 3.3 in first week of January. There are only 3 open tickets in WordPress 3.3 milestone on Trac as they have closed 581 till...

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7 WordPress Plugins To Add Falling Snow on Blog Pages, Posts and Images

Christmas is coming and the holiday season has already started. It’s time to play in the falling snow and celebrate the occasion with family and friends. If you own a WordPress blog, then why not to give a snow fall effect over there to celebrate this occasion with your visitors and readers. WordPress.com, the free blogging platform has already started playing the snow fall effect on their sites. If you are using self hosted WordPress installed on your server, then here are the plugins that may help you in adding the snow fall effect in no time. I am starting this list with a simple plugin which will add snow fall effect just like WordPress.com sites. 1. Let It Snow Very simple and easy to customize plugin to add snow fall effect. There is no flash work involved in this plugin and even you can see the melting ice at the bottom of the page by enabling that effect. Download 2. WordPress Falling Snow Plugin It can help you in adding snow fall effect on specific image or banners. The problem is that once you will add the effect on certain image, that will become flash and you will have to provide the target URL in the settings panel. It can add 2D and 3D effect of snow fall as well. Download 3. Snow, Balloons and more Apart from the Snow fall effect, you can also get falling leaves, rain drops, balloons using this plugin. Go ahead and download the plugin from WordPress plugin directory. Install the same and customize options to start showing the snow fall or other effects. Download 4. Snow Storm Another WordPress plugin to add snow fall effect to celebrate the Christmas occasion with your visitors. Download 5. iCaughtSanta This plugin can add snow fall effect and can also add a peel effect with iCoughtSnata Affiliate Link. I am not sure whether you want that affiliate link or not, you can disable the same from settings panel of the plugin. Download 6. Season Greetings Another WordPress plugin to celebrate different occasions. For example, it is also having Indian Festival icons like Diwali diyas floating around the webpage. You can get snow fall effect on pages and posts of your WordPress blog. Download 7. WP Flake This one is a very old plugin but still works on WordPress 3.2.1. It can add snow fall or snowflakes effect on your WordPress site. Download Bonus – Snowstorm Script for Non-WordPress Sites So above plugins can add snow fall effect on WordPress blog on a single click and even can provide options to change the color, number or flakes etc. In case you are running a non-Wordpress site, for...

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