I just finished updating my websites with version 3.7 of WordPress which was made available on Friday, October 26th. WordPress 3.7 includes some nice new features in addition to the under the hood improvements. Here’s a brief rundown on this latest release of WP.
The first big feature with WP 3.7 is the ability to automatically apply updates with security and maintenance releases of WordPress (e.g. 3.7.x). You won’t have to go in and manually install these types of updates as they can be now be done in the background. However, keep in mind that you will have to manually update the next enhancement release (e.g. 3.8).
The next nice feature concerns password security. WordPress has updated their password meter that gauges how strong or weak your intended password is. Now, as you create an account or update a profile, you are encouraged to create a stronger more secure password when you type it in. I tried it out myself and indeed, the standards are now much stricter. Even using both upper and lower case letters, adding a number, and a special character is still labeled as a “Very Weak” password. You are encouraged to create a longer password and mix it up even more.
Other improvements with WordPress 3.7 involve search results and global support. Search results are now ranked by how well a query matches a post instead of listed just by date. And, WordPress localized versions now get faster more complete language translations.
The “under the hood” enhancements with WP 3.7 include better update controls for developers and administrators, more complex date queries, and multisite improvements for developers.
If you haven’t already done so, I encourage all WP site owners to upgrade to version 3.7 as soon as possible. As usual, be sure to back everything up before updating.