WordPress 3.6: What’s new, and why it Batters

A New User Interface to Create Menus

Many of users often found Menus confusing. WordPress 3.6 comes with a new and simpler user interface to create and edit menus for your website. It has two tabs, one for editing menus and another to manage locations. This new interface is easy to use, and i think many users would find it refreshing too.

New UI for Menu System in WordPress 3.6
New UI for Menu System in WordPress 3.6

Log in Notifications

Sometimes your WordPress session may expire while you are working on the site. This could happen due to several reasons, an expired or deleted session cookie, administrator changing security keys, etc. With earlier versions of WordPress this meant that you will have to go back and log in again. This resulted into loss of important and unsaved changes. WordPress 3.6 resolves this issue by displaying log in notification when a user’s session expires. It opens the notification in a pop-window darkens the screen you were working at.

Improved session handling with log in notifications in WordPress 3.6
Improved session handling with log in notifications in WordPress 3.6

Improved Auto-save Feature

You will not have to worry about loosing content when working on a post. WordPress 3.6 comes with improved auto-save functionality. The most notable improvement to auto-save feature is that WordPress now utilizes your browser’s storage as well as WordPress database to save revisions. WordPress tries to match the current revision with the backup stored in your browser storage and notifies you if it finds any difference.

WordPress 3.6 Autosave feature utilizes browser storage to autosave posts
WordPress 3.6 Autosave feature utilizes browser storage to autosave posts

New Improved Revision Comparison

With WordPress 3.6 comes another great feature, the ability to compare post revisions. As you know that WordPress automatically saves post revisions. You can disable post revisions but over the years we have found this to be a very useful feature. One thing that we didn’t like was that it was difficult to quickly find differences between two revisions. With 3.6, WordPress displays post revisions and highlights the changes between two versions of an article. There is also a slider bar at top so you can easily switch between revisions.

Improved post revisions in WordPress 3.6
Improved post revisions in WordPress 3.6

Twenty Thirteen – The New Default Theme

WordPress 3.6 also comes with a new default theme Twenty Thirteen which is unlike any other default theme before. Unlike its predecessors, Twenty Thirteen is a little bold and more colorful. It is developed to showcase the power of post formats and all new features of WordPress 3.6. It is a responsive theme and designed to be fully accessible so that it can also be used by people with special needs.

Twenty Thirteen - The New Default Theme in WordPress 3.6
Twenty Thirteen – The New Default Theme in WordPress 3.6

Let us know what you think of new features and UI changes in WordPress by leaving a comment below.

Disable Post Revisions in WordPress and Reduce Database Size

Post revisions is a great feature that WordPress has to offer but for some users it might not be the best option. For users who have limited database space, or for users creating WordPress as a CMS where they don’t need autosave, they can simply disable Post Revisions feature in WordPress by following this tutorial. By reducing the database size, you can also speed up your site.

Open wp-config.php located in your WordPress root directory and add the following

 define('AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL', 600 ); // seconds
define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', false ); 

This code will disable all future revisions to be saved and it will also increase your autosave interval from 60 seconds to 600 seconds, so it means your post will be autosaving every 10 minute instead of every minute.

The above code, will not delete your past revisions that are already saved in your database. To delete all previous revisions Click >>