WordPress 3.9 Beta 2 is now available for testing at WordPress.org. The development team has made more than a hundred changes since Beta 1, but they still need your help to hit our goal of an April release. For what to look out for, please head on over to the Beta 1 announcement post. Some of the changes in Beta 2 include:
- Rendering of embedded audio and video players directly in the visual editor.
- Visual and functional improvements to the editor, the media manager, and theme installer.
- Various bug fixes to TinyMCE, the software behind the visual editor.
- Lots of fixes to widget management in the theme customizer.
Amongst the enhancements which WordPress 3.9 could bring, is an improved Widget Customizer which allows you to edit and preview widgets in a similar way that the current Theme Customizer works.
Further widget management improvements may come in the form of the Better Widgets feature, which enable the sidebar area to be switched to the main screen instead of being constricted to the sidebar, giving users greater control over widget placement and configuration.
As always, if you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac.
This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 3.9, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”).