Once a month over at iThemes.TV, Benjamin Bradley, “The Professor” at WebDesign.com, leads a class called WordPress 101 for those just starting out with WordPress. This particular session was a little different as Benjamin touched on some of the new features in the upcoming version of WordPress.
A lot of the new features in WordPress 3.4 happen in the Appearance > Theme area. Now, if you go to “Install Themes” and search for an available theme, you’ll only see
- An image of the theme
- The title
- The theme’s creator.
When you click on a theme to preview, you’ll be taken to an almost full screen preview with the smaller image of the theme, the theme’s description along the left side of the page and the ability to activate the theme.
Another change you’ll see in WordPress 3.4 is the ability to customize a theme with a real-time editor.You will be able to customize the active theme or any other theme you have installed. The settings you are able to change will vary depending on the theme you are working with. Some possible settings include:
- Your site title and tagline
- The header image
- Site background
- The static home page option.
The customization area is similar to the new theme preview area with a menu on the left and your real-time preview on the right. As you make changes, you’ll see them happen in the preview area just as they’d appear on your site. None of these changes are actually applied to your site until you save your changes.
You can watch the full video for more information on WordPress basics and more details on the upcoming WordPress 3.4 features. And be sure to check out the full details of the WordPress 3.4 beta over at the WordPress.org blog.