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The new features of WordPress 3.7

If you own a WordPress website, you’ll notice something that the free content management platform is very good at; notifying you when there’s an update. And they update their core often. One of the best things they’ve released in this update is a stronger password system. As your first line of defense against annoying bots and hackers, your password needs to be solid (and difficult to figure out!).

So it’s no surprise that WordPress 3.7 was just released. You can download WordPress version 3.7 at their website.

Here is a quick review of what you’ll be getting in the new features of WordPress 3.7:

Background Updates

Updates While You Sleep

With WordPress 3.7, you don’t have to lift a finger to apply maintenance and security updates. Most sites are now able to automatically apply these updates in the background, though some configurations may not allow it. This seems to be the trend now-a-days. Update software and not even know it!

More Reliable Than Ever

The update process has been made even more reliable and secure, with dozens of new checks and safeguards. You’ll still need to click “Update Now” once WordPress 3.8 is released, but we’ve never had more confidence in that beautiful blue button.

Stronger Passwords

Your password is your site’s first line of defense. It’s best to create passwords that are complex, long, and unique. To that end, our password meter has been updated in WordPress 3.7 to recognize common mistakes that can weaken your password: dates, names, keyboard patterns (123456789), and even pop culture references.

Improved Search Results

Search results are now ordered by how well the search query matches a post, instead of ordered only by date. For example, when your search terms match a post title, that result will be pushed to the top.

Better Global Support

Localized versions of WordPress will receive faster and more complete translations. WordPress 3.7 adds support for automatically installing the right language files and keeping them up to date.

Under the Hood

More Background Updates (Experimental)

Want WordPress to always update automatically, even for major feature releases? Want to always keep a certain plugin up to date in the background? WordPress 3.7 comes with fine-grained update controls for developers and systems administrators.

Advanced Date Queries

Developers can now query for posts within a date range, or that are older than or newer than a specific point in time. Or get really fancy: all posts written on Friday afternoons? Not a problem.

Multisite Improvements

wp_get_sites() allows developers to easily get an array of all the sites on your network without resorting to a direct database query — just one of many improvements to multisite in WordPress 3.7.

We have some updating to do on some other sites, but luckily for us, updating a version for WordPress is simple.

But it is important. So be sure to update and update often!

Josh Benson

Josh Benson

Josh is the Editor of GeekLift.com and supreme geek to boot. He spends much of his time learning new software, coding languages, gadgets and more. He loves helping people figure out tech problems - big or small. Josh is a former television news anchor and tech reporter. He spends his days developing websites and producing videos.

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