WordPress 3.4 and Joomla 3 and other 2012 releases

WordPress has released the stable version 3.4 recently (June 2012), upcoming CMS releases includes Joomla version 3 which has developers hyped.

First off WordPress, check out what wordpress are saying about their new release.

For Users

The biggest change in 3.4 is the theme customizer which allows you to play around with various looks and settings for your current theme or one you’re thinking about switching to without publishing those changes to the whole world. For themes that support it, you can change colors, backgrounds, and of course custom image headers. We have more planned for the customizer down the road.

Throughout the rest of the admin you’ll notice tweaks to make your everyday life easier. For example, if you have lots of themes we’ve made it quicker to browse them all at once without paging. We’ve made it possible to use images from your media library to populate custom headers, and for you to choose the height and width of your header images.

We’ve expanded our embed support to include tweets: just put a Twitter permalink on its own line in the post editor and we’ll turn it into a beautiful embedded Tweet. And finally, image captions have been improved to allow HTML, like links, in them.

For Developers

There are hundreds of under-the-hood improvements in this release, notably in the XML-RPC, themes, and custom header APIs, and significant performance improvements in WP_Query and the translation system. The Codex has a pretty good summary of the developer features, and you can always dive into Trac directly.

Now, I know the Joomla developers must be going crazy over the planned release of Joomla 3, which is expected to be released in September this year.

Check out this post on Joomla 3

Joomla! 3.0 is scheduled to be released in September 2012. It will include major new core features built on top of our rapidly advancing framework. But in order to apply that power effectively, everything has to be tied together in a simple and intuitive way that will result in a great user experience (UX). In this interview with longtime community contributor and Joomla! User Experience team member Kyle Ledbetter, you’ll learn about his UX vision for Joomla! 3.0 and the high level roadmap for how we will get there.


In other news,  JoomlaShack has released a new stable version of their famous Wysiwig Editor

“We are very excited to officially announce the new 5 series! You will be astonished with the massive improvement to the editor and with its all new HMTL5 support it launches the project another massive step forward!

It marries creative and technical disciplines into a truly beautiful and user-friendly interface! Your find it easier to use, more productive, the tool aims to put your users in the driving seat, like never before! Most remarkably the JCK Editor is free! Free for you to use and install on any of your sites under the GPL licence!”

We have tried the WYSIWYG and it’s really good. Built in HTML5 Audio and Video options. It would have been nice, if they gave the Allvideos plugin as part of the core but hey, we can’t win it all


I am a passionate PHP user with a love for Open Source systems. With a few years of programming these technologies, I am fortunate to be able to share my thoughts. Joomla and WordPress are my favorite systems to develop. That's enough for now.

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