WordPress Core Developer Andrew Nacin announced the release of WordPress 3.4, set to showcase enhancements on theme search and selection, and a new theme customizer and previewer.
WordPress, the open source blogging and publishing site awaits the arrival of the first release candidate (RC1) for its version 3.4. The new WordPress 3.4 will allow users to select custom headers and background images from the Media Library. Custom headers sizes are now designed to be more flexible.
Developers have added an API for registering theme support for custom headers and backgrounds, and an XML-RPC API for external and mobile applications. There will also be internationalization and localization improvements, support for HTML in image captions and better WP_Query performance. WordPress 3.4 is targeted for release on May 9.
Developers have also announced updates on the free WordPress for iOS app version 3.0. This new release of the mobile application includes push notification support for WordPress.com blogs and adds a new swipe-to-moderate toolbar for comments. It is promised to be most stable version of the app to date, fixing more than 40 bugs that cause the older versions to crash.
WordPress for iOS 3.0 can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and requires iOS 4.0 or later. All are licensed under the GPLv2 or later. WordPress 3.4 RC1, on the other hand, is available for download from the project’s site for testers and them and plug-in developers. Existing users can install the Beta Tester plugin and select “bleeding edge nightlies”.