WordPress 3.3 Has (finally) Arrived!

WordPress 3.3As many of you know, WordPress 3.3 was officially released. We wanted to let you know that we’ve updated the StudioPress site and all of the Genesis child theme demo sites — and all is well.

This is our way of saying “Go for it, you should safely be able to update to WordPress 3.3!”

What’s New in WordPress 3.3

Experienced users will appreciate the new drag-and-drop uploader, hover menus for the navigation, the new toolbar, improved co-editing support, and the new Tumblr importer. They’ve also been thinking a ton about what the WordPress experience is like for new users.

Version 3.3 has significant improvements there with pointer tips for new features, a friendly welcome message for first-time users, and revamped help tabs throughout the interface. They’ve improved the dashboard experience on the iPad and other tablets with better touch support.

There is a ton of candy for developers as well. I’d recommend starting your exploration with the new editor API, new jQuery version, better ways to hook into the help screens, more performant post-slug-only permalinks, and of course the entire list of improvements on the Codex and in Trac.

Updating WordPress for Genesis Users

The development team here at StudioPress is always working with the bleeding version of WordPress. As a result, we can confidently say that there aren’t any known issues with WordPress 3.3 and Genesis 1.7.1.

We cannot promise that all of your plugins are compatible, so make sure you check those for compatibility before updating.

Now that WordPress 3.3 has been released, we’ll be working hard over the next week or two to prepare Genesis 1.8 for release. Until then, Happy Updating!


  1. Brian & Co, thanks for all you do.

    • You’re welcome Jonathan. Now that we have Ron Rennick officially onboard the Copyblogger team, it makes it *that* much easier to stay in touch with the latest WordPress developments and have our projects updated accordingly.

  2. Finally!!!! Super stoked about 3.3, I’ve been running Trunk for a while now on a test site.

  3. Navigation Bar screws up after WordPress 3.3 upgrade. Stupid me for not backing up before the upgrade. It seems everyone said it was a smooth upgrade. Not for me, just because of this problem. See this video for further explanation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbqAAstI39w

  4. The two sites I’m having problems on are classroomantics.com and forminganalysis.com.

  5. I upgraded last night to the latest wordpress version and haven’t found any errors yet with my plugins or the News theme. Then again, i sometimes miss the small detailed stuff. Looking forward to version 1.8 and all the goodies or fix’s that we get.

    I suspect over the next week or two, most plugin authors will be testing and then upgrading there plugins so all of us bloggers should check for plugin updates daily for the next week or two.

  6. My sites and my clients all updated without a hitch thanks to the StudioPress team and developers!

  7. Hi Brian, I recently ‘migrated’ from my Australian website host to BlueHost, and the WordPress platform. I’m now considering Genesis too.
    Bearing in mind that migrating to BlueHost was a lengthy and frustrating process, that I don’t wish to repeat, what are your views on migrating from BlueHost to Synthesis?

    • I think you’d be surprised how easy that is. In fact, we have a migration package for this, and can have it done in no time. 😉

      • Hi Brian, My apologies for taking so long to reply, and thank you for your suggestion.
        BTW, I’m a landscape designer, seeking a stylish theme, that reflects my reputation for high aesthetic standards and expertise in teaching clients how to create beautiful, stylish (and eco-friendly) gardens.

        I also need an effective opt-in page, squeeze page, sales funnel and sales page. For this single purpose, I’m almost sold on OptimizePress. Except that, IMO, OP is hardly beautiful or stylish.

        Ideally, I’d combine the best features of OP and a selected child theme, but I’m told it can’t be done, because OptimizePress will override any other site’s appearance.

        So it seems I have to choose between the two, but still looking for a way to get the best of both worlds. If any subscriber or yourself can suggest a feasible solution, I’d love to hear from you.

  8. Thanks for info Brian
    That’s why I went with Genesis – to feel confident when updating.

    Would it be better to wait for WP to issue the usual security updates or go for it now?

    Looking forward to Genesis 1.8, I think. LOL

  9. Upgraded to 3.3 on a site im building with agentpress and agentpress listing plugin, Now the listings are all linking to the 404 page?? Anyone help?

  10. No wonder why people prefer Studio Press as their theme provider!
    Keep it up!

  11. Updated to WordPress 3.3 and Genesis 1.7.1 and now the custom header option has disappeared. Beofre I could adjust the header height and also upload my own header .. not the option is gone? And help?

  12. They changed the CSS in wordpress 3.3,
    So slight changes in custom login screen code:
    h1 a is now .login h1 a, body looks to be body.login
    form is now .login form.

    .login #nav a, .login #backtoblog a
    .login #nav a:hover, .login #backtoblog a:hover

    These work for the bottom links.

  13. I’ve noticed a few problems with the media library, is anybody else getting problems?

  14. Hey guys like to say thank you very much for all your hard work with the Genesis themes.

    I personally have never had a problem when updating to any new versions of WordPress when using your themes.

    Keep up the hard work and really love your latest release Generate Genesis theme looks awesome and is exactly what i am looking for.

  15. I created a static nav bar using nth child selectors for my nav link colors. I then converted it to the 3.3 dynamic menu. It’s working great. But I need to add a “nub” to the left of the link by using a to the nav li.


    #pageBody nav ul li:nth-child(3) a, #pageBody nav ul li:nth-child(3) a span{
    background-color: #a6d7f6;
    aside nav ul li a span{
    position: absolute;
    top: 5px;
    right: 100%;
    background-color: #0095D9;
    height: 100%;
    width: 15px;
    background-image: url(images/bg/navShadow.png);
    background-repeat: repeat-y;
    background-position: right top;

    Thanks in advance

  16. For same strange reason any video embedding does not work..is there anything to do to make it work? i switched to twenty ten and i can see the youtube video embedded but not in genesis child themes..

  17. Anyone having problems with wptouch plugin? with agentpress it keeps getting errors. Any other solutions for mobile plugins that work with genesis specifically with agentpress?