Metro UK, the 3rd largest national newspaper in their region says goodbye to a custom CMS and into our waters with WordPress via Automattic’s VIP Services. Welcoming such a large digital publisher and player makes me smile a ton since this means more and more people, daily, will be getting their content via the best publishing platform on the planet. That’s just a big win for all of us, isn’t it? In addition to the obvious refresh their mobile experience was also updated so their’s a fluidity and consistency with the experience. I checked it out on my iPad Mini […]
Oh yeah! It’s finally here! Much thanks and congrats to the team and all of the contributors for WordPress 3.5 – your hard work and dedication continues to power millions of people’s work. We appreciate you guys! Now you may have already downloaded some of the release candidates and are running them on your blog right now but I’d love to see what people’s first impressions (were) are of 3.5? What catches your attention, what are you really digging in this latest release?
One of the best things about the open source community is that you’re constantly working with a team of people to build something that’s larger than what a single person or small team could do well in such a short amount of time. This is applicable to plugins, themes, and even WordPress itself. The challenge, though, is that you may be working with a group of people who you don’t really know beyond the bug tickets they submit, or the issues they resolve.
One of the new features of WordPress 3.5 that probably has developers most excited about is the addition of Backbone.js and Underscore.js to WordPress core. I am especially excited to learn how it will be utilized and hopefully extended and built on top of. Adding a MVC (Model, View Controller) framework like this to WordPress is helping the cause to consider it as a true web framework and able to build web applications on top of it. I’m sure that will make Tom very happy and I’m sure he’s prepping some blog posts to help explain more (perhaps):