WordPress Version 3.7 named “Basie” is released and available for download. This new version of WordPress addresses a very important issue, WordPress updates; as we have seen with the release of version 3.6.1, very few upgrade their WordPress, thus leaving them vulnerable to malicious hacker attacks, so this version comes in time to save the day.
New Features in WordPress 3.7
Automatic Updating of WordPress
Automatic WordPress updates are available only for minor versions, for example when upgrading from version 3.7 to 3.7.1. Typically major versions do not contain fixes for security vulnerabilities hence why this solution is good enough to ensure everyone is running a secure WordPress installation.
Therefore once you install WordPress 3.7 your WordPress site or blog will be automatically updated. Should there be any issues with the automatic updates, WordPress will advise you.
Note: If you want you can also enable automatic updates for major versions, for example when upgrading from WordPress 3.7 to 3.8.
Stronger Password Recommendations
This is another important WordPress update, if not the most important. One of the most common causes of hacked WordPress blogs or website is easy passwords. Even though experts have been advocating about using strong passwords, many users are still using easy to guess passwords. Hence this new feature will hopefully encourage users to use strong passwords.
More Importance to Translations
Although WordPress is available in a number of languages, many of these translations are not complete or well maintained. 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. In the near future there will also be support for localization files of plugins. So translators should keep an eye on the WordPress changelog.
Other WordPress Improvements
This release also contains a good number of other improvements, such as more sophisticated date query support, several multisite improvements and much more. For a complete changelog of what is new in WordPress 3.7 refer to the WordPress 3.7 Codex.
Update to WordPress 3.7
To automatically update your WordPress to version 3.7, login to your WordPress dashboard and click on the update node. Alternatively download WordPress 3.7 from the WordPress download page and do a WordPress manual update.