WordPress 3.3 Now Available

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 13, 2011
Updated • Jan 2, 2015

Update: WordPress 3.3 is no longer the latest version of WordPress. You can download the latest version from the official website.

The developers of the popular blogging platform WordPress have released version 3.3 just a few minutes ago.

WordPress 3.3 update notifications should appear right in the admin interface of the blog. Users can use the internal updater to update from within the admin interface, or by downloading the new version from the official site to update manually.

The What's New page at the WordPress Codex highlights the - many - changes of the new version. WordPress admins will instantly notice several changes to the applications admin interface. A new toolbar is displayed on top of the dashboard that combines the features of the admin bar and the admin header.

The new bar links directly to plugin and theme updates, comments awaiting moderation and the New menu with options to create new content on the blog. (There is a function to remove some of the elements that are shown in the admin bar. Credits to Sergej Müller)

Another change are "fly-out" menus in the admin interface. All submenus of a menu are displayed when you hoover the mouse over the menu. This saves a click and improves the admin's workflow.

WordPress editors will notice a new file uploader. The developers have done away with the four upload buttons for specific type of media, and replaced it with a single button. The new uploader supports drag and drop operations and file browsing to select files to upload. Support for rar and 7z files have been added to the file uploader.

wordpress drag drop upload

WordPress admins who switch between themes regularly will notice that widgets are not lost anymore when they do that.

A video has been created that highlights several of the new features.

The WordPress backend has been updated as well with hundreds of bug fixes and performance improvements. It is to early to tell if the improvements will have a significant impact on the blog's server resource usage or loading times.

Have you updated your blog to WordPress 3.3 yet? If so, what do you think of the new version?

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  1. rrvau said on December 14, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Is there any links to download the featured application? Those advertising links are a right P.I.T.A.

  2. Turea Alexandru Teodor said on December 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Today, after receiving the news, I’ve tried an automatic upgrade but it failed. Apparently, not all files were installed successfully and I had to perform a manual upgrade. After that, it worked perfectly.

  3. Mukesh said on December 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I like Co editing feature that is much easier for multi-authored blogs. WP 3.3 sonny design and hover effect also impressed….

  4. Danny@Travel Updates said on December 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Interesting features and upgrades, but I have particular interest to its performance regarding the non-standard permalinks and “forbidden” ones (like /%category%/%postname%/ structure). Hopefully the performance and resource usage has been significantly improved.

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