WordPress 3.6 “Oscar” Has Been Released

Posted on August 2, 2013 by in General News | 49 comments

WordPress 3.6 “Oscar” Has Been Released
After much delay, WordPress 3.6 has finally been released into the wild. If you are an Elegant Themes users and are wondering whether or not you should upgrade, I am here to tell you to “go for it!” We have tested the latest version of our themes with the 3.6 launch, as well as the release candidates, and have not experienced any issues. If you do experience any problems, pleas open a ticket in our support forums so that we can fix it ASAP! Before Updating WordPress, be sure to follow step #1 and backup your website before continuing with the installation.

What To Expect In WordPress 3.6

Named Oscar, after the jazz musician Oscar Peterson, this version of WordPress has had a rocky past due to the creation, and later the removal of, the post formats UI. Although the flagship feature of 3.6 has been removed, there are still many other great things to enjoy with this release.

Improved Post Revision UI

The post revisions UI has been greatly improved to allow for better visualization and comparison. The revisions interface now features a slider that allows you to quickly scroll through your post revision history. The revision is previewed with edited snippets from your post, and then compared to previous versions so that you can see exactly what changed with each save.

Re-designed Menus System For Improved Usability

The Appearances > Menus system has been re-designed. Organization was the focus of this update, which you can see through the separation of the “Theme Locations” tab, and the collapsing of the menu item selection area.

Auto-Saving To Save Us From Our Own Forgetfulness

This is an awesome feature, and something that could have saved me hours of headache in the past! Did you accidentally log out of close your page before saving your post? Don’t worry, WordPress 3.6 has your back with regular and automatic saving.

Native Video and Audio Support

In the past, the only way to embed video or audio in your post was to use third party plugins or websites. Now when you upload a video file into the media gallery, you have to option to embed the video right onto your page using a native video player. The same goes from audio files as well.

Introducing The New Deafult Theme – Twenty-Thirteen

WordPress 3.6 also comes with a new default theme. Twenty-Thirteen returns to a blog-focused design with support for the full array of post formats. This choice was likely meant to accompany the addition of the post formats UI that was originally set to ship with 3.6 but was removed due to lack of polish. The functionality of the post formats UI has been temporarily moved into a separate plugin were it will continue development on its own.
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  1. I was about to drop a mail about asking the WordPress 3.6 compatibility with ET themes, but suddenly saw this post.

    Now, I am going to make the update, will let you know issues on the forum, if any.

    • Time to update!

    • Hey Pranjal – I like how you have done your site. It also shows me that the posts will load forever. Cool.

  2. Oh, I just upgraded, without even a smidgen of thought involved. I guess I trusted 100%. Reckless huh? now to upgrade all my sites 🙁

  3. Nice little updates from WordPress.

    And thanks for making compatible themes quickly.

  4. Great article, hope all your themes updated shortly with latest WordPress 3.6 version 🙂

  5. Native video and audio! Nice.

    I love WordPress and I definitely love Elegant Themes.

    Thanks for your continuous improvement, ET!

  6. Great work, ET. I’m using MP6 too, my dashboard is brand new!
    Can someone say if the Post Format UI plugin is out????

  7. Perfectly timed post, I just updated to 3.6 a few minutes ago. WordPress continues to get better.

  8. This is reason why wordpress is the most popular cms around the world.

  9. Finally WordPress supports videos in native mode !!

  10. Bug, not everything is flowers.

    in appearance menu. It is with this error:
    Warning: sprintf() [function.sprintf]: Argument number must be greater than zero in /home/videoa11/public_html/blog/wp-admin/nav-menus.php on line 478

    I believe the changes in the menu, it was not the way it should.

    • If you need help, please open a ticket in our support forum so that our team can assist you.

  11. Really i loved this “Oscar” update of the wordpress 🙂

  12. I recently updated to 3.6 for my blog and got one strange error 🙁 but somehow i fixed it. The Twenty Thirteen theme is really cool theme..

  13. It’s awesome features by WordPress and nice to detailed ET….


  14. I just updated a couple of websites (of course no Elegant Theme issues) and noticed the new custom menu area, but I appreciate you reviewing ALL of the new highlights. Thanks!!

  15. I am ready to wait for WordPress 3.6 Oscar, elegantthemes lovers

  16. Nice thanks.


  17. Great news. Will update my sites now.


  18. Thanks nick, you’re thorough….

  19. I’ve downloaded 3.6 and have embeded a video on my homepage using the video shortcode. It works great and displays on all browsers but wont work on my iphone. Peeps are telling me to download a plugin but I dont want to do that.


  20. I’ve upgraded to 3.6 and have embeded a video using the new [video] shortcode on my homepage. It works great on all browsers but wont work on my iphone. I dont want to have to download a plugin for it to work on mobile. Any ideas?

    • iPhones don’t support flash.

      Hey Nick,

      I bet you guys are having a good laugh with everything going on over at WooThemes!

      They shot themselves in the foot, big time!

      • What happended?

        I use woocommerce should I be worried?

  21. Great… Now its time to update.. thanks for the info..

  22. Is anyone else having issues with Elegant Layout Builder since the upgrade to Oscar? Mine is leaving a trail of modules when I move them, thereby making the canvas ridiculously huge, then it will freeze up, and I can’t change the size until refreshing the browser.

    • Sorry to hear about that Brian. Have you opened a support ticket so that we can take a look?

      • I just did, I included a screenshot of what I’m referring to. Thanks for any help, I love the Elegant Page Builder, and wish to continue to be able to use it!

        • Hi there, Since oscar the problem I have is the inability to save either a layout or ar a template. (Also I lost all made layouts that where not saved as a sample layout but active). Also the Builder Gui does not load yet all hooks are there in list form. Please inform. Can I connect to Brians ticket? makes no sense to shoot in another one while it is allready being handled.

          Kind regards,


  23. Typo in the heading:
    “Introducing The New Deafult Theme – Twenty-Thirteen”
    Should say “Default”

  24. nice to theme twenty third :D. that’s colourful. in all free wordpress themes . i like this arras theme

  25. thanks nick, perfect 😉

  26. Nice very nice.

    Hell we ain’t even found the time to update to WordPress 3.6 at http://www.webtechglobal.co.uk and there are themes like this popping up straight away. On the ball huh 🙂

  27. I think that changes from 3.5 are not that big or at least not that significant.

    • Great work. Nice little updates from WordPress.

  28. Great work ElegantThemes . It’s high time for new update of WordPress themes.
    Thanks for native video and audio

  29. WordPress 3.8 when you will be releasing?

  30. Hey folks, should I upgrade to this version??? I fear my plugins wont be compatible.

  31. @Christine, if you are using Elegant builder, I’d advise you to wait, I upgraded last week and lost both the layouts not saved as templates but in use, the gui is only loading it’s hooks in list form and I cannot save new layouts.

    See Brian’s and Nick’s input above. I hope They will find a fix soon.
    I don’t mind rebuilding but I need a stable plugin 🙂

    Kind regards,


  32. WordPress 3.6. really sucks in my case, em really disappointed with this , because I purchased a theme from Ait-themes, but my visual text editor is not responding whether its not compatible with the theme or what 🙁

    If anyone can help please do ping me….

    Theme Name : MyAppTheme
    Wordpress Version: 3.6.1
    Site: http://www.pevolve.com

    • I am afraid we can’t support another company’s themes. I would suggest contacting the theme author for assistance.

  33. I can’t download the version 3.6. I have this error:
    An error occurred while updating Chameleon: Update package not available.
    Can you please explain for me why ????
    Thank in advanced!!!1

    • If you need help, please open a ticket in our support forums so that our team can assist you.

  34. Updated! Thanks. I love WP 3.6.

  35. WordPress 3.6 is filled with hell lot of errors, I am tired of it.

  36. I am now using WP 3.8, but really liked the 3.6 a lot better, wish I could go back…. Maybe in time 3.8 will get better.

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