WordPress Backend Design Study – An Alternative to MP6?

Our designer and usability expert Nick at marketpress.com did a design study on the coming WordPress backend design MP6 for version 3.7 and tried to analyse what can be done better and how!

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Also interesting question he asks:

The dashboard is the least used and yet most needed page in the back-end. Why?

More screens and his full analysis can be read on at MarketPress.com

What's your opinion?

Lifespan of a WordPress version

The new version 3.6 has been released much later than anticipated; the release has been estimated for the end of April and has finally been released in early August. Therefore v3.5.x stayed the freshest available version for 234 days. How does this compare to the previous versions?
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On average a WordPress version was replaced by a new one after 198 days. Outstanding is the version 2.0 which stayed the newest version for over one year (Dec 2005 - Jan 2007). Starting with version 2.1 WordPress development took a faster pace and the release of new versions took about four to six months.

(Source: Wikipedia)

WordPress Pulse? – Heartbeat API

With WordPress 3.6, there will be a new API - Heartbeat. On Ticket 23216 in Trac all discussions and information be gathered together. Because Heartbeat may also have influences for users, here are some words and clues. Heartbeat is introduced to various activities, such as Autosave, locks of articles and to handle logon and logoff notifications. In parallel, the API can also be used for own developments.
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Disable Post Format UI

Currently is WordPress version 3.6 in Beta status. But new nice features are available and ready to test. One of this features is the new UI for the post formats. Post formats is a nice chance for more possibilities to declare a post to your readers. But sometimes we don’t need post formats. The default for hide the Post Format UI is user specific and is an option in the screen options, see the screenshot.
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WordPress Theme Customizer Custom Controls

The Customizer is a relatively new way of WordPress Themes to provide you with options. Here is the visuality important, arrange the options directly in frontend for the Theme, play and save the settings.

We show you how to create your own classes to extend the controls, since not all fields and requests are in the core already. You can access existing solutions of the community or create your own classes. The first step is therefore a brief introduction for new classes and following an overview of some classes. Please extend this list via the comment form.
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