WordPress 3.7 has been released. This new version, which is named “Basie” after the jazz musician Count Basie, ships with some refreshing changes: stronger password recommendations, more relevant search results, and automatic background updates.
It is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. This release features some of the most important architectural updates to date. Here are the big ones:
- Updates while you sleep: With WordPress 3.7, you don’t have to lift a finger to apply maintenance and security updates. Most sites are now able to automatically apply these updates in the background. The update process also has been made even more reliable and secure, with dozens of new checks and safeguards.
- Stronger password recommendations: Your password is your site’s first line of defense. It’s best to create passwords that are complex, long, and unique. To that end, our password meter has been updated in WordPress 3.7 to recognize common mistakes that can weaken your password: dates, names, keyboard patterns (123456789), and even pop culture references.
- Better global support: Localized versions of WordPress will receive faster and more complete translations. WordPress 3.7 adds support for automatically installing the right language files and keeping them up to date, a boon for the many millions who use WordPress in a language other than English.
The automatic-updates feature will only apply security or stability updates automatically, while feature releases, those from 3.7 to 3.8 for example, won’t be applied automatically. WordPress 3.6 was released in August. An upcoming version 3.8 is currently scheduled for release this December.