What’s New in WordPress 3.3 ‘Sonny’ ?

WordPress 3.3

A couple of hours ago WordPress 3.3 was pushed out for a smooth release. It’s named as Sonny after the famous jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt. You can directly update your blog to wp 3.3 from the dashboard or download the entire release from WordPress.org.

It’s seen as one of major releases after WordPress 3.1. Remember WP 3.1 bought an entire overhaul to the design as well as features. Though 3.2 version came with nothing major to talk about.

In this post we are going to see the new features which have been added to WordPress 3.3. Expectantly one will find a whole lost of changes in the Codex, but it’s difficult to cover each one of them. So we will stick with the important one’s only.

Drag, Drop and Upload

Drag and Drop in WordPress
Drag and Drop

People who are new WordPress may ask that, ‘This feature is added just now ?’ Yep, sadly WordPress wasn’t aware of the Web 2.0 revolution which happened a few years ago.

When most social networks, websites come with this drag and drop feature (in their alpha version itself) WordPress lacked the idea and pace. But do remember It’s never too late.

More importantly the other buttons – Add image and video have been combined into a single button named as Add Media. That is a good move right at the out-set.

Now the improved uploader will detect the file-type quickly as well. rar & 7zip are the new file formats which have been added to the allowed file types list. This will be handy for designers or developers who write tutorials and attach codes with it. So

For browsers which don’t provide support to Drag and Drag, an upload button is also placed beneath it. If flash doesn’t work on your browser or device then choose the Browser upload option instead.

Dashboard goes the Hover effect way

WordPress Dashboard design
WordPress 3.3's Dashboard design. Admin Bar & Left toolbox or menu

It’s safe and right to say that WordPress has decided to give the dashboard design a new look with every releases. This time, there have been modifications in the design but not really texture or gradient wise. Rather they’ve improved the left sidebar or toolbox of the Dashboard.

Toolbox acts more like a vertical Flyout Menu

Previously the left toolbox used to display all the sub-items without having to hover on it. With WordPress 3.3 the toolbox acts much like a menu with hover effects (to display to the sub-menu items).

This feature needs a serious thumbs up as it’s swift and looks better than ever. More importantly it saves a lot of screen space.

Admin bar sees remarkable Improvement

This new and improved admin bar (the top bar you see in the dashboard) works solidly. Again it presents it’s sub-menus when hovered over each item. Adding a new post or page has become much easier now.

If you’ve W3 Total Cache and Yoast’s WordPress SEO then you’ll see the options of those two plugins as well in the Admin bar. This bar also notifies you of plugin and theme updates (if any of them are available).

 New Alerts – Messages, Pointers

With WordPress 3.3 a new about.php page is added in the Admin panel which will show each and every feature of the current wp version. It is more like a normal About Us page (which see on blogs) along with the Credits & Freedoms (copyrights) pages.This page can be directly accessed anytime from your dashboard by clicking on the WordPress logo, which is apparently the first item of the admin bar.

Co-Editing Warning

Suppose your’s is a multi-authored WP blog which doesn’t use WordPress MU. Now when you fellow author edits a blog post which you are currently editing then a message will be displayed on his post edit page saying,

Warning : author1 is currently editing this post

This is one particular feature of WordPress 3.3 which impressed me the most. Popular tech blogs who have multiple authors & editors will find this feature really handy.

Pointer Tours

Pointer Tours
Pointer shows the new Updated Media button

When you update to wp 3.3 the first thing you’ll notice is that hovercard like pointers which tell are meant to welcome you and inform in detail about the new features. In short it’s just like touring a new thing. If you don’t like it then there is an option to disable the tour as well.

Update your blog immediately to (unless you’ve a buggy, incompatible theme or plugin) the 3.3 version. In case you have a plugin which is buggy then disable it before update and then re-enable after the updating process is completed.

If you’ve already updated to WordPress 3.3 then what is your view on it; like it or not?

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I like using and tweaking WordPress. Understrap, Tailwind, Bootstrap are a few words I would add to my Tech Profile. Besides that, I constantly observe my website's technical and SEO performance.


  1. I loved new WordPress version.Liked new interface also.Thanks for post about it 🙂

  2. I like drag and drop feature. Although i am yet to upgrade it but checking and using this feature will surely be fun

    1. Yes, I absolutely like the intuitive drag and drop upload feature! Just like how I always use this when I want to attach anything in Gmail – drag and drop upload.

  3. Hi,

    Nice and great info with lot of attractive options which will be definitely make our blog post really good.

  4. I’ve update my blog yesterday and I like the new improvements

  5. Thanks , to provide a solid knowledge in WordPress 3.3

  6. I love this new Interface. Its really coo, Awesome and lots of features 😀

  7. Hey. Admin How i can add a comment policy like urs before comment form in thesis??

  8. I appreciate the way author described the new features WordPress 3.3! However, the new changes is awesome!

  9. Thanks, great review with detailed information

  10. There are some language problems with your post. You need work on both syntax and structure.

    1. could you highlight some of the problems ?

  11. ___________________________________________
    1) You left out the word “the”, and you used the word “bought” instead of “brought” right in the very beginning of your article!
    It’s seen as one of <>major releases after WordPress 3.1. Remember WP 3.1 <> an entire overhaul to the design as well as features. Though 3.2 version came with nothing major to talk about.
    2) You LEFT OUT the word to. From now on I’m just going to copy and past the sentences from your blog that contain errors, and there are a LOT of mistakes you’ve made.
    3) Completely incorrect logic structure, you need to think about how the start of a paragraph should sound! Quite frankly, this little sentence snippet doesn’t make much sense in the context of the rest of sentence it is located in.
    <<When most social networks
    4). Always capitalize the first letter in a word in a sentence
    <<rar & 7zip
    5) Hanging word, no sentence, no punctuation
    <>For browsers which don’t provide support to Drag and Drag
    7). Delete the letter S, it doesn’t belong here.
    new look with every releases.

    There are more errors, on the other hand, I think you should really proof-read your work. SERIOUSLY.

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