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WordPress 3.5 Elvin is here!

There hasn’t been much news from the WordPress camp in the past couple months. This is a little uncommon but not necessarily a bad thing. There haven’t been any major hacks or issues with WordPress. And there haven’t been any updates lately…. until today! WordPress 3.5 was released today and is being dubbed “Elvin” after the drummer Elvin Jones.

This update brings some much-needed TLC to the media portion of WordPress. Here’s a quote from the official WordPress update page about the media upgrades:

If you’ve been around WordPress a while, the most dramatic new change you’ll notice is a completely re-imagined flow for uploading photos and creating galleries. Media has long been a friction point and we’ve listened hard and given a lot of thought into crafting this new system. 3.5 includes a new default theme, Twenty Twelve, which has a very clean mobile-first responsive design and works fantastic as a base for a CMS site. Finally we’ve spent a lot of time refreshing the styles of the dashboard, updating everything to be Retina-ready with beautiful high resolution graphics, a new color picker, and streamlining a couple of fewer-used sections of the admin.

CAUTION WHEN UPGRADING:

We always backup our sites before upgrading as a precaution although we haven’t had any updates lately that have broken things. Updates are a tricky thing since every site is using a different combination of themes and plugins. Think how many times you update Windows and you have something go wrong. It can be difficult to make updates that cater to the mass public with so many different setups, so congrats to the WordPress team for releasing such solid updates recently. But with this update, a majority of our sites at Bluehost were broken with a Server 500 error after upgrading through a SimpleScripts update provided by our host. A quick live chat sent us to this page for instructions how to access the site: https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/help/571

After trying to de-activate and re-activate each plugin one-by-one, we found that surprisingly the culprit on every single site was JetPack. This was surprising because the plugin is developed by the Automattic team (the same group that makes WordPress). The solution to fix each site was simple, albeit somewhat time-consuming.

  1. Login to your FTP
  2. Access your plugins folder for your site
  3. Delete JetPack from the list
  4. Log into your wp-admin
  5. Access the plugins folder
  6. Add the JetPack plugin
  7. Activate the plugin. Because we deleted the plugin from FTP instead of through wp-admin, your JetPack data is still stored in the database and should be automatically connected when you install and activate the plugin.

As always, we suggest you first have a wordpress backup before playing with the update, particularly since we had some small snags with this update ourselves.

If you’ve been around WordPress a while, the most dramatic new change you’ll notice is a completely re-imagined flow for uploading photos and creating galleries. Media has long been a friction point and we’ve listened hard and given a lot of thought into crafting this new system. 3.5 includes a new default theme, Twenty Twelve, which has a very clean mobile-first responsive design and works fantastic as a base for a CMS site. Finally we’ve spent a lot of time refreshing the styles of the dashboard, updating everything to be Retina-ready with beautiful high resolution graphics, a new color picker, and streamlining a couple of fewer-used sections of the admin.

 

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