The latest and greatest version of the WordPress software — 3.3, named “Sonny” in honor of the great jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt — is immediately available for download or update inside your WordPress dashboard.
Experienced users will appreciate the new drag-and-drop uploader, hover menus for the navigation, the new toolbar, improved co-editing support, and the new Tumblr importer. We’ve also been thinking a ton about what the WordPress experience is like for people completely new to the software. Version 3.3 has significant improvements there with pointer tips for new features included in each update, a friendly welcome message for first-time users, and revamped help tabs throughout the interface. Finally we’ve improved the dashboard experience on the iPad and other tablets with better touch support. For Developers
There is a ton of candy for developers as well. I’d recommend starting your exploration with the new editor API, new jQuery version, better ways to hook into the help screens, more performant post-slug-only permalinks, and of course the entire list of improvements on the Codex and in Trac.
1:49 pm on Dec 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
I would wait for the plugin developers to catch-up.
2:08 pm on Dec 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
I always wait too.
Not an early adopter of new WP versions to break my sites. But I do like the left nav fly out menu they added, can't wait to have that.
Hope they got rid of Dolly.
2:56 pm on Dec 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
Yeah, just experimenting with a throw away site, an automated plugin update attempt broke the site temporarily. When I finally got back into the dashboard, it stated that the update attempt had failed.
As usual, I'm going to hold off updating until plugins catch up.
4:29 pm on Dec 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
Yea, might experiment with a throw away site, otherwise... we all know the drill.
6:25 pm on Dec 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
I upgraded a couple of live sites. Nothing broke. Always do a full backup before upgrading and you're fine -- if it breaks, roll it back, and if not everything is cool.
1:31 am on Dec 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
Installed it on a static site that only uses Pages. No plugins affected so far.
10:48 am on Dec 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
Installed on a test site and looking good so far. Testing some plug ins with it that I regularly use. Installed couple already and it seems fine.
3:46 pm on Dec 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
I upgraded a couple of live sites. Nothing broke.
Are you sure? Just because a page loads and looks as it did before doesn't mean its code hasn't significantly changed, which may very well cause it to change rank in serps.
Do your pages look the same when viewing source ?
I'm constantly having to spend several hours after any update making changes to remove bloat and other junk, default installs are ok but can be made soooo much faster/better with a little effort (which gets undone in any upgrade).
1:23 am on Dec 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
Upgraded 4 sites so far. All seems okay. I haven't seen any grumblings about issues as yet.
1:33 pm on Jan 3, 2012 (gmt 0)
After upgrading all of my sites, I've seen huge increases in performance. Some of the sites I've upgraded seem to be about 3 times faster now. I haven't had time to research what the upgrade included but I know they upgraded the database and probably the queries. It shows and I'm happy about it!
2:46 pm on Jan 3, 2012 (gmt 0)
Thanks lorax for the update.
That sounds interesting regarding the speed.
I am going to start with my minor sites today and work my way up to the main sites.
4:54 pm on Jan 3, 2012 (gmt 0)
I have at least one confirmed Google Web Optimizer plugin failure with 3.3. It may or may not be related to how it was updated (client's site.) The author's site is in Italian from what I can see. :-)
Does anyone know what happened to loop.php? Looks like it's no longer used or needed in the twenty_twelve theme.
9:38 pm on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
will probably wait a while before updating my site. just to make sure i don't break it!
12:24 am on Jan 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
And, now there's 3.3.1 which is said to plug some security holes among other things. I've upgraded a few sites to 3.3.1 without incident.