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Review: WordPress 3.5 for Authors

WordPress 3.5

WordPress has just launched version 3.5 of their website content management system. It’s exciting times for developers and writers alike.

They call the update the “Elvin” update; it has nothing to do with The Hobbit or Santa but everything to do with the drummer who played with John Coltrane.

 

Watch the video to find out more:

Developers and coders are happily geeking out about the changes but many non-tech savvy authors are left wondering what the changes mean for them.

Here are the three big changes that will affect your author website.

1. Easier to Use Media Manager

Screen capture of the new WordPress Media Manager

Screen capture of the new WordPress Media Manager

 

The new media manager makes it easier for you to control how your photos look on the page.

You don’t have to be a designer to make your photos and page pretty. The drag-and-drop system makes it incredibly easy for you to insert photos onto the page. The gallery feature has also been expanded making it simple to share multiple images in a blog post.

You do however, still have to use legal photos on your blog. The new upgrade doesn’t come with amendments to the law.

Insert Media Page WordPress 3.5

 

Make sure you pay attention to the bottom right corner of the screen.  This is the attachment display settings and it is very important.

Attachment Display Settings

Attachment Display Settings

 

Make sure that your image is the right size for your screen. This size is too large to fit comfortably on our blog yet I’ve selected it because it is far easier to shrink an image to fit than to enlarge it.

2. Retina Ready

Retina Ready Screen

Retina Ready Screen

 

If you have a high-resolution screen, you’ve probably had to deal with fuzzy pixels on the screen. It was enough of an issue for the folks at WordPress to makes sure that the upgrade included an ultra-high resolution on the dashboard.

Now when you are blogging from your iPad, you won’t have to wonder just what those blurry words are saying. However, if your screen is still blurry after the upgrade, you may need glasses.

Tweetables:

  • WordPress 3.5 explained for authors and the non-geeks. – Click to Tweet
  • The new WordPress update comes with many things but sadly, no amendments to media law. – Click to Tweet
  • WordPress gives an “Elvin” gift this Christmas that has nothing to do with Santa or Legolas. – Click to Tweet 
  • Watch out world, I just learned about the “Elvin” WordPress update thanks to @AuthorMedia. – Click to Tweet
  • I’m excited about the new WordPress 3.5 and here’s why – Click to Tweet

3. New Theme Options

WordPress Twenty Twelve

WordPress Twenty Twelve

 

For the adventurous author, there are more options for your website theme. WordPress has made “Twenty Twelve” the default theme for bloggers. It’s a beautiful theme for anyone starting out.

If you are a professional author, you will want to invest in a professional author website. You don’t want your site looking like everyone elses.

The perks of having a professional author website include someone else doing the work to build the site, a custom theme that has been tailored to your brand, and widgets that make it easier than ever to sell your book from your site. If you want more information on what goes into building a professional author website, contact Author Media.

WordPress 3.5 is perfect for Author Websites

We’re incredibly excited about the “Elvin” release at the office. As a blogger myself, I can’t wait to start playing around with more of the features.

WordPress 3.5 is another solid move by the devlopers. The changes that “Elvin” brings help shrink the learning curve for authors who are not tech-savvy. Which means you’ll have more time to write instead of spending hours trying to google how to do something on your site.

All Author Media websites will be upgrading so that our authors can take advantage of the exciting changes.

If you are already an Author Media hosting client we will be automatically upgrading you to 3.5 over the next few weeks. We will take care of the backups and plugins so all you have to do is enjoy the new features.

Are you excited about the new updates? What would you name the next update?

 

About Caitlin Muir

Caitlin Muir knows the power of social media first hand. She's on the editorial team of The Social Media Club, which connects media makers from around the world to promote media literacy, industry standards, and ethical behavior. She blogs about faith, love, and social media at CaitlinMuir.com.

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3 Responses to Review: WordPress 3.5 for Authors

  1. J #

    What’s the difference between WordPress and Weebly? I see that a number of authors are using WordPress but what about Weebly for author blogging? TIA.

    • Caitlin Muir #

      Hi J –

      WordPress is a much stronger system to build your website on. Here’s a few reasons why I’ll always choose it over Weebly –

      1. Large development community – WordPress has a great community of coders and developers who are always coming out with ways to improve the system. Plug-ins are always being created, modified, and released to the public.

      2. Ease of use – WordPress is incredibly easy to use on the backend. You don’t have to be a website expert to be able to create blog posts and format them correctly. Also, there are thousands of “how to” articles and videos about WordPress. So if you don’t know something about the program, it’s easy to find out!

      3. SEO – Websites have something called domain authority. To put it in super-simple terms, that’s how much trust search engines put in the site. WordPress has a high domain authority – Google trusts it. You can also enroll in the Google Authorship program using WordPress, ensuring that you get credit for the article you’ve written.

      Those are just a few of the reasons I’d choose WordPress over Weebly. If you want a professional author website build on WordPress, let me know!

  2. Hi Caitlin,
    Overall I am happy with WordPress.org but I moved to the upgrade when it first came out and lost the ability to see my icons in Insert Media. I have had many “geeks” look at it and no one can figure it out. Also I lost the ability to schedule.
    However I found another Media Updater so I can see the pictures. And I found a missed scheduler that works okay.
    I updated to 3.5.1 but that didn’t help.

    Really do like all that it does. And I am learning more and more as I go.

    I even contacted wordpress with my problem and no answer from them either.

    Blessings,
    janis

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